Ever hear the saying “Ten years to overnight success?”
Everyone in LA is an actor, singer, writer, director. We’re all trying so damn hard to get some where. But the entertainment industry is the only industry you could work your whole life to get into and there is no guarantee of success. Think about it. You could go to school to be a doctor or teacher and it might take a while to get the ball rolling out of school but if you want a job as a doctor or teacher your going to get one eventually. Not true for actors. We have no control over our success. You can be an amazing actor and just not look right for the part. Throw in the industry nepotism and then hope your resume, training and IMDB star-o-meter is better than the other great actors that looks just like you. And then… you remind the producer of his ex wife and he hates her. Or you look too much like the other actress. There are so many variables that take the job out of your control. My clients ask me all the time” How do you do it? How can you keep a positive attitude while pursuing it?”
It’s an industry that has no single path. Everyone gets to where they’re going a different way. I have the benefit of cutting hair for a lot of different people and a lot of people in the industry. It’s always encouraging when I hear that someone worked that restaurant job for 6 years before they booked anything. I know that may be kind of mean but it puts things into perspective for me. Everyone is different. You may be that handsome guy that takes a year of classes and lands that reoccurring guest star on a CW show. But chances are you are one of the thousands of struggling actors that are pouring money and time into your career and getting “nowhere” But “ nowhere” is a relative term. What is success to you as an actor? Is it being famous? getting paid? or maybe it’s being involved in the entertainment industry or simply creating art and telling a story. I think it’s important to set goals but I also think it’s important to enjoy the journey. And to not get discouraged along the way. My clients echo this time and time again and I always love hearing it. There is no right way. You just do as much as you can do. But happiness is not dependent on reaching the goal. Happiness is loving the path you choose and the friends and love you create along the way.