Got this fortune over a decade ago and kept it around to remind myself to keep focus in this crazy industry:
(Of course, just now I couldn’t find it and used the photo from here.)
Today I had my first audition in forever – it’s usually slow this time of year, but in general things have been absolutely dead for me. It felt good to be out there again, but it was also a sad reminder how few and far between these opportunities have become.
And that’s frustrating.
I like being busy with my career. So busy I have to scarf down food in the car.
The crumbly mess left ME looking like a crumbly mess for my interview!
Dusted myself off before going on camera for Uploaded: The Asian American Movement.
So basically I went from feeling bad about my career to empowered by it.
This struggle never ends. I hope that’s something that non-industry people who read this blog can see – that the glamorous lives of actors really isn’t so exciting. We are just human beings, trying to navigate unrealistic expectations without going bonkers in the process. We shouldn’t be put on pedestals or emulated.
Mostly, I just blog about food. Because if I sat and processed everything that has to do with my career publicly, it wouldn’t be pretty! But here are a few tools I’ve recently discovered for those of you who are also in this ongoing battle, to help you feel less alone in this cuckoo world called show business.
The Inside Acting Podcast – now 64 episodes in, a wealth of knowledge for both the beginning and veteran actor in Los Angeles.
The Working Actress blog – this anonymous actor has a much more established career than me (she’s currently on a hit TV show and is now getting tracked by the paparazzi) but even she still has her bad days.
Behind-the-scenes of The Social Network DVD – an in-depth look at artists creating, working. Something to aspire to.
It’s a roller coaster.
I wish the simplest answer was a lot simpler to attain. The truth is, it isn’t. But ultimately, it’s worth it.