This is a post I have been thinking about for a long time, and it is finally time to write it down…
Actors Gratitude Journal
As a performer, one lives with a lot of rejection, long hours, running around in rain and sun, morning and night, hurry-up-and-waiting, and crabby people.
As a performer, one also lives his or her dreams, pursuing that passion which is so strong it drives one to follow those dreams despite any of the above.
Beside this HUGE reason an actor has for giving thanks, here are some of the simple, and not-so-simple, day-to-day ‘positives’ that being an NYC actor brings…because it is far too easy to fall into the negativity trap~
Auditioning with Thanks…
-Meet new friends
-Get work done while at work….makes sense…but a lot of people don’t necessarily see it like that…
-Practice your craft (singing, acting, dancing)
-Free dance class (as in, the dance audition itself), sometimes with people you would pay big money to actually take from (i.e. Andy Blankenbuehler, Randy Skinner….for the non-musical theatre people reading this, those are both Broadway choreographers!)
-Network…never know who will be sitting next to you, and what they will be doing in five years
-See different parts of the city (Chelsea one moment, Times Square the next, the random trip to Brooklyn for an on-camera audition….don’t get too lost!)
-Not having to sit at a desk
-Exercise (Too many people to be seen at this audition, run to the next one, sign in, find out about another that’s empty, run there….etc.)
-Constant learning….learning from the stories and experiences you hear around you, overhearing monologues & songs and getting new ideas
-Become friends with Staples….print, copy, print, print… (maybe that’s not a positive…)
-Find out from other performers about good classes, people, opportunities…
–And the simple but needed feeling of accomplishment that comes when, whether or not you even got seen at the audition in the end, you got out there and continued to follow your dreams another day amidst the negativity and instability that can easily pull one away from the pursuit.
Will you add to this? If not a performer, I challenge you to make a gratitude list for your own profession. I’m sure there will be both overlap and new ideas! Will you share with us here to inspire others and remind us all to find the extra in the day-to-day?
“The greater danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.”
With thanks, Kate