So, you are an actor? Congratulations. A noble and storied profession. Well, “profession” might be a stretch. Nonetheless, my dear actor, you are a gem. A treasure. You move people. Change lives. Teach lessons.
If you are working.
Are you working?
Are you working as often as you want to?
Are you in your own way?
One thing that gets in my way, or at least used to, was my messaging. The voices inside my head said things like: “You don’t want an agent,” “Agents are jerks,” “You aren’t funny,” “You can’t do camera work,” You aren’t ready,” “You aren’t tall enough,” Your aren’t fit enough…” And on and on.
Then, my friend told me he was moving to NYC. It was early 2011. He had an agent. He kinda looks like me. I kinda look like him. Well, he’s taller…
My friend thought it would be nice if I could “replace” him at his agency. I decided to interview. I went in. The office was shiny. I sat at a small conference table in the back and “performed” a bloody monologue and then read some copy for an agent who was two shades shy of barely amused. I figured that I had blown it and that I was right all along – “Agents are jerks” and “I’m not ready.”
The agent offered to sign me on the spot. That year I shot a cable network pilot, an indie feature, and a short. I also worked with the Seattle Shakespeare Company in a very funny Comedy of Errors (wait…I thought I wasn’t funny). In December of 2011 I started blogging. Sharing. Inspiring. Teaching. Listening. Believing.
Something happened in 2011. Yes, I got a few nice gigs, but, more importantly, I changed the message to myself. I can do it. I am funny. I am an artist. I am good enough. I am tall enough. I am enough.
Get out of your own way. There are more than enough obstacles to hurdle along the path already.