An Independent Man

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Being an actor can be one of the loneliest jobs. It can grate on your mental health day in day out. Whether you’re successfully gaining jobs and swapping characters regularly or not gaining jobs and struggling to stay positive. The slog is hard. You will meet a ton of people for short jobs (especially in film), become like family and then never see each other again after the job has finished. But hey lets not focus on the negatives.

As an actor, born and bred, I have never wanted to do anything else. However, sometimes acting jobs are few and far between (decent ones that is) and I still have bills to pay. I have never been a fan of the 9 to 5 system and am definitely not a fan of minimum wage.

Don’t kid me wrong I have had various random sales jobs from being an usher at theatres across the West End to selling t-shirts at gigs at The O2 Arena. You have to do what you have to do sometimes. But none of these bit jobs made me happy and I always hated going to them. Something had to change.

Another quote (misquoted probably) is ‘if you aren’t working for your dream, you will work to build someone else’s’. Basically saying that if you are not the boss of yourself, you will be an employee. When I heard this it really sparked a fire inside me. I want to do what I want in my life and spend my time building my dream not earning £7.20 an hour whilst the profits of the till add up to thousands to line someone else’s pockets. You only have a finite time on the planet remember.

This is the moment when I decided to become An Independent Man. I decided I was going to write films that I would be cast in and make them. I decided I wanted to write stories and get them published. I decided I wanted to be recognised for my work and I decided I wanted to earn my own money.

It is scary as leaving a stable part time job. Knowing you have to work solidly now to get that rent paid at the end of the month. But it was also liberating as I now had my time to do what I wanted with it. So I got acting, I got filmmaking and I got writing. And now I am fully submerged in the industry I want to be in.

I am only a short way on my road now as a full freelancer but I am a huge believer of if you want something you have to go out there and get it. So that’s what I am doing. And if I fail at least I can say I gave it my all.

Getting to where to want to be is all about risk. Have a look at the network around you and ask yourself are they supporting you. If not then you need to change that because once you have a solid network of supportive people, risks become easier and you can take that first step towards the life you want.

To be earning a living by acting is my dream. What’s yours?

What you do today, affects what happens tomorrow. So are you working towards your dream (what ever it may be)? Let me hear your stories and you can follow my journey on Twitter and Instagram.


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