Most actors feel ashamed about mentioning their ‘day job’ in the world of entertainment, because it highlights the fact that they are not successful enough to sustain themselves without it. No need for sugar coating, it’s true!
My part time job, however, is my little educator on the side, and happens to be with the best brand in the world. I am so grateful that I get to work with such high standards and such careful attention to even the most minute details. It’s what separates them from everyone else.
It’s also a great standard to aspire to live up to and apply to my life outside the job, which is 89% of all my time, and measure progression against.
Translating their impeccable care to everything they do results in the noticeable success of their efforts… And a lightbulb just went off… If you were making an actual product to sell to people you would spend years perfecting it. Same goes to us as actors. We are the product.
The lesson I’ve learnt this week (whilst freelancing elsewhere) is that there is always going to be something you don’t like about EVERY SINGLE job. Even if you were to land the leading role in a great movie and were earning millions, I can guarantee there would still be something that you didn’t like.
The Lesson: Liking what you do no matter what, will bring more of what you like to do.
(And in the mean time let’s stop complaining and just get on with it. We are not hard done by victims, we are responsible for every circumstance we find ourselves in.)