Keeping Sane

Wednesday, 27 September 2017


We all have those moments on December 31st saying all the things we are going to achieve the coming year and I can't count the number of times I have said 'this will be my year'. Now it's no secret that this year acting jobs for myself have been few and far between. Those pencils are starting to drive me a bit mad. But none the less being three quarters of the way through 2017 this year has been very successful and it is important to know why.

I am a huge believer of if you aren't getting the roles you want, then create them and if you aren't getting any roles then keep creative in other areas to keep sane. I know it's easy to say but as performers I think one way of keeping sane whilst between jobs is to have a job that pays creatively.

Yes we all need money and sometimes that bar or promo job needs to be done, but try exploring what you are good at.

Can you write?
Can you draw?
Do you know how to produce?
Can you teach?

If you can do any of these start creating a job for yourself to supplement acting. And if you are feeling really confident start your own business. Never give up on acting and drop everything when the call comes but to keep sane whilst applying to castings and chatting to agents, get a job that stimulates your creative mind.

When I graduated from college I was an usher at The Adelphi Theatre. But as I started my journey in the business and between jobs I started to create my own work. Now 8 years later I am owner of a small production company with one feature film almost completed production and two more in the pre productions stage. I teach acting at weekends in literally my only time off and I run videography jobs all over London. This is not me bragging but it is simply saying that it is possible. If I can you sure can. Start small, keep focused and find something you love.

Acting is my number one too and I will never give up the chase, but blow me rent in London isn't cheap.

What do you do between jobs?

Joseph

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