(This is probably one my most sharingest posts; if you believe in helping other people, I think you’ll share this one.)
We are all trying to get paid to do what we love doing, right?
And that idea is a great one, but here’s something I was asked, and the answer I came up with:
What if you NEVER got paid to act?
I mean NEVER.
The Creator Of The Universe came to you and said; “No matter what you do, you will NEVER be paid as an actor”
Nope- not background,
not promotional work,
not kids birthday parties-
Would you still want to do it?
“Of course!” Was my answer.
And for a brief second, I was terrified at the prospect.
I mean, what am I doing?
Why would life be so cruel as to make me enjoy doing something so much, and make me have an affinity for doing it for people, and yet NEVER allow me to earn a living doing it?
I mean… it happens, right?
I know lots and lots of people who not only love acting and performing, but who are actually natural-born talents at it.
Like genius-level performers–
and yet they are at a desk, never performing for anyone except for the few Karaoke nights they get to go to.
And afterward, everyone comes up to them and tells that they they should be on American Idol or on Broadway or something.
How incredibly sad I thought.
Will that be me?
Is it already?
But then I looked at it differently.
How could knowing that I would never be paid to act be an actual BLESSING?
I mean, wouldn’t I then be FREE from the question?
I could be FREE from the fear of failure, or the fear of success!
What a LIBERATING thought!
I would NEVER, EVER be paid to act, and so I could do it for free ALL THE TIME, right?
I mean- I wouldn’t be worried about my “brand”, or worried about “agents”, or whether I’m “Good enough”, or anything like that.
I could be FREE to just DO IT whenever I wanted to.
In the street,
In the basement of someone’s church
In my own basement.
On YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram
I could just DO IT, and GIVE that talent and fun, and light away without EVER having the burden of “marketing” myself, or “networking” with people who might “Do something for me”, or trying to get someone “attached” to some project- or having someone trying to “attach” me…
I was EXCITED!!!
I could ACTUALLY just DO IT!
Oh but wait-
Just slow down Rodriguez.
I guess that would mean that I would have to have some job the rest of my life then, and I could do all that stuff I want after work.
I’d waste a third of my life at an 8-hour job just to pay bills, so I could then do all the stuff I actually wanna do.
I were RICH.
I mean right?
If I were rich, then I could just do all that stuff and not worry about the money at all.
Can I marry someone rich?
I mean- that could be the greatest acting gig of all time! I could just marry someone who-
I’m not really that cute.
I mean, you kinda have to be a woman… a YOUNG woman, and cute and I’m not any of those.
Nah- too expensive, and then you’d have to be rich to get the surgery, and it’s a whole terrible cycle.
But wait a sec-
I don’t actually need to be RICH, do I?
What if I just had the same salary from my job magically appear in my bank account everyday?
What if the same $200 a day I make at the job just came into my bank account everyday whether I did anything or not?
Wouldn’t THAT be a great thing?
But how could I do that?
Oh! I know!
This thing that I keep seeing other actors talking about.
This “No More Waiters” thing- What is it called?
“How to build your acting business without a day job?”
The guy is talking about “Online Vending machines”
That sounds like bullshit.
And it’s like $1000 for the 4-week class!
I mean, if he’s so great, why doesn’t he just give it away?
I’ll bet it’s because that’s how HE earns his $200 a day- so HE can be free.
Making money by selling something online to actors who want to know it..
What a scamming, jerk of a – WAIT A SECOND!!
That’s what he teaches!!!!
“To SET UP A MACHINE THAT SELLS STUFF TO PEOPLE WHO WANT THAT STUFF.”
You may not realize it yet, but if you’ve spent any amount of time going through the trades, pouring over casting notices, or talking to your agent, you may have noticed a dangerous trend going through this business they call show.
It may seem harmless, and it started out as a simple enough change. But lately, this little, fun idea has begun to slowly but surely eat away at the very core of the acting profession.