"I've been gone for a minute now I'm back with the jump off. " Forgive me, I've been creating art, so you know I have A LOT to say… enjoy.
I don't believe in Luck.
Luck does not live in my vocabulary. In fact I am only bringing it up because someone mentioned how "lucky" I am to be working in the field that I first went to school for. Forgive me person who shall remain nameless, but that is nonsense. I have worked my behind off to get where I am. And I don't plan on leaving anytime soon. ;-)
Now with that out of the way, let's look at this from the business standpoint.
Actors take classes, get coaches, and spend years upon years perfecting a craft that is constantly in flux. Until that day if they are…"Lucky" (Okay one more dig. I digress.) when they get a role aka "Dream Job" that brands them and validates all of that money and time they have put into honing their craft.
This is valid for just about everyone in EVERY industry. Work hard, reap the rewards... right? Well to some extent yes. Sure I've heard "right place right time" or "it's about who you know". Those are both very real possibilities for furthering your career, but what about….say taking a chance?
When I started out in Entertainment Management I had to convince people that an 18 year old could hold his (or her, I'm talking about myself, but ladies this applies to you as well…) own weight. Would you believe that at 18 I was having to instruct people twice my age (or older) as to what needed to be done. Yes, I lost a job or two because I was "too young" or didn't have enough "experience," but "Look at me now." (I digress again.)
Let's look at working your donk off and taking chances.
I have lived almost every imaginable scenario in my short 14 year career, but the time I still look back to is a time where I lived in a garage apartment counting pennies to eat off of the 99 cent menu. Sure I had friends and family with whom I could have lived with/borrowed money from, but I was "Proud." It was also one of the happiest times in my life. I was an artist.
I worked for free. Worked... (LMBO More like volunteered.) I owed creditors and the government. Couldn't pay my student loans and lost a brand new paid for vehicle because I couldn't afford insurance, but I was an artist.
I took chances that happened to pay off. The free jobs led way to paid jobs. I was able to create a world for myself where I am completely debt free. The friends and connections I made throughout the years will last me a lifetime. Now I'm not necessarily saying that my path was the "right" way or the "wrong" way, but it was MY way. Do what you have to do for YOU, but don't sit on the sidelines wishing you had the "Luck" of someone else. Create your own "Luck" and MAKE IT HAPPEN.
Until next time.