So I’ve been sending my resume and headshots out like crazy. My resume isn’t much, one play, one class, one special skill, but you’ve got to play the hand you’re given. I sent out to maybe around 10 student films and got two responses. The first is for an RCC student film Rituals to the Revelation which I just barely got the script for. I’m doing a little flashback scene, nothing big seeing how late I was on the notice, but hey things change. The director is telling me it’s one of RCC’s biggest projects running at thirty minutes long. This will mark my first student film so I’m pretty happy.
I’ve always wondered why there were so many starving actors out there. The numbers used to keep me from pursuing a career in acting. I used to think it was a whole ‘nother world. Complete with different principles and rules. After some observation and insight, I don’t think that anymore.
Actors are no different from anyone else
They do or they don’t set goals. Their goals may not be clearly stated. There are numerous reasons.
In Audition, Michael Shurtleff says actors fail not because lack of talent but because
1. They don’t work hard enough
2. They aren’t disciplined
3. They are literal rather than truly imaginative
4. They are victimized by their limitations and prejudices.
5. They are ruled by their negative side.
6. They are not persistent.
Of course there are numerous other reasons. Nonetheless, they’re some of the same reasons that anyone would fail at anything in life. Why is it that I hear of actors being late to set? In an industry so competitive and jobs seemingly scarce?
My technique teacher told me acting is more hard work than talent. So my aim is to find the hard work and build my capacity to do it.
In the script or play, the negative is always written. It’s up to the actor to find the beauty, the positive.
As it is in life. The negative is always there. Nobody wants to be around the person that is negative all the time. Everyone wants to be around the person that can find the humor in the situation, the beauty.
When you’re making your choices during a reading don’t be so literal. Anyone off the street can read what is there but it’s up to the actor to find what is different.