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Throwback to 24 year old me.
I had been in LA for only a few months. I had a manager who told me I was too overweight and ugly to ever be an actor.
I wish I could say that I left her immediately, but I stayed for about a year, trying and trying and trying to fit into HER idea of an actor.
One day I had a meeting with the then head of the Academy, the inspirational Hawk Koch.
He asked me, Why are you in LA? Do you want to be famous? Or do you want to be an actor?
I told him, I want to be an actor.
He said, good, because no one can make you famous, and there's nothing you can do to make yourself famous. That's like saying your dream is to the win the lottery, and unless you win the lottery, you won't consider yourself successful or happy. That's a recipe for a miserable life.
BUT! While no one can make you famous, no one has the power to keep you from acting, no one. So if you want to act, act--write a short film, do a play, arrange a play reading.
No one can make you famous, but no one can keep you from acting.
This photo is from the day I dumped that manager. This is the day I started my acting career.
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Ok, let's talk about finances. If you're wanting to be an actor in Los Angeles, be ready to shell out some serious cash. Acting is an investment, folks, a BIG investment. Fear not, I have 4 apps for you that I think you'll find nifty.
Digit analyzes your spending and automatically saves the perfect amount every day, so you don't have to think about it.
You guys. This one is amazing. Not only does it text you your bank balance everyday--which, yes, can be scary, BUT useful--it also puts a liiiiiittttttle bit of your money in savings every. single. day. This is so helpful for when you need some emergency cash for new headshots, reels, or, lets face it, rent.
These next three are kind of similar, but equally great--they all give you cash back when you shop at your favorite stores.
Dosh is partnered up with thousands of brands, so that each time you shop, you can earn up to 10% cash back automatically. Whaaaaaat??
For extra cash IMMEDIATELY, use the promo code: ALEXANW188
Drop is similar in that it helps you earn cash back every time you shop at your favorite stores.
For extra cash IMMEDIATELY, use the promo code: cbwmk
Lastly, Ebates is really amazing because you can put it on your phone or on your computer.
For $ 10 extra cash IMMEDIATELY, use the link: https://go.ebat.es/U2W7xH5MnW
And, because yall KNOW I love a podcast, check out Get to the Point Podcast, where two nifty and hilarious ladies discuss all these finance.
See you all soon!
THE ACTIVE ACTOR
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