Thursday, April 5, 2012
“If the other actor isn’t giving you what you want, act as though he were.”—Michael Caine
This week is a nice marker for me. Until this week, I was honestly dreading one part of moving to a new city: Having to make a whole new list of friends and contacts after spending a year making friends and contacts here in Denver. It was hard to not view some of my growth here in Denver as a waste because I would have to start from basically zero wherever I go next. I’m not worried about that now. I’ve been dreaming about all the new friends and new ‘business partners’ I’m going to be making when I move. It’s a good dream; I love people … especially ones I’m just meeting!
What did I “DO” to move forward?
I started working more on my music writing and performing. I used to be a pretty good dance music DJ and while I’ve still got the technical skills, I’m re-learning some of the art to it. I’m also still working on building some auditions and contacts in Seattle.
Patience … Not a subject for a single article.
Over the past few weeks, I’ve found a lot of uses for patience in my life. I’ve been very grateful for seeing these moments as they’ve come along and I think it’s going to help me in a huge way, as I get closer to ramping my professional efforts up even more.
The first place I have been taking on some patience from is my booking schedule. I’m currently not in a show until September and that is unusual for me. (Hah, I’m sure some of you are cursing, “Oh, Poor Erik doesn’t know what it’s like to not constantly be in a show.” Get over it!) Non-the-less, I’ve had the temptation to think this lack of shows is signifying a harder road than I wanted to deal with.
It is harder than I thought it would be—and I thought it would be really freaking hard. But I am reminded: every day I work at it and every time I watch my friends who are also rocking out in this world it shows that it is still very possible.
Another lesson about patience I’ve been learning is specifically for the actors out there. We all know it is annoying as hell to have to act across from someone who is a blank wall or someone who has his or her own thing going on and is not responding to you at all. It sucks!!!
Those of us who have even the slightest bit of humility in themselves will remember that we also (at one time or another) have been the actor who gives nothing and receives nothing; the actor who is as fun to act with as a chair. So, lets not get pissed off every time we have to work with someone who needs more acting classes. We should love them for being there and trying. After all, we all could use some more acting classes
every once in a while … always.