I may sound like a broken record, but I can’t explain how much work I do every day, and I do all this while balancing a survival job, attending drama classes, making sure I have a social life and time to do laundry. Here are some things that non-actors should know about the struggles of the actor on Broadway!
A typical everyday
In a typical week, an actor actively pursues his career goals: he applies on numerous casting platforms, tries to make new connections by contacting casting agents and employees, updates websites, attends networking events, and, to my chagrin, ensures that my social media brand is up to date. I fit a long list of tasks in a few hours because if you don’t use your muscles, you lose them.
A good PR or an agent
If you hire a good PR man and do a lot of self-promotion, you can have thousands of dollars in your pocket. The industry is looking at your followers and your social media accounts (celebrities do).
This information is also needed in the casting process, but you have to be bolder yourself and need it more.
You have to formulate what kind of artist you are, and you have to live up to that perception every day. You may know the ignoramuses who post to get more likes and retweets than you do, but you live with the perception all day! You need a way to network and promote your project by taking into account your role, lifestyle, and personality.
Any great presence you get online could mean future contacts and employment opportunities for you, and that is the most important thing for you.
As much as selfies from life as actors annoy me, they’re part of the game, and even if you get annoyed by them, you have to behave. No matter how unprofessional you are or how “impractical” it is for you.
If you lose contact with the doorman on a major project, you should not jump to conclusions. There are trade unions that act, and whether you are one or not affects the jobs you can go to. When you join a union, you have to join the union And then there is trade union status, which is so important that I do not have space here to address it, but that is an issue for another day.
These are the things non-actors should know should know about the life of the starting actor. They are all so very far away from all the fame and glory that they aim for.