As an actor, your job is to audition. Every now and then, you get to act.
With all of those auditions comes a lot of rejection. I once had a teacher tell our class that 10 callbacks for every 100 auditions, and 1 booking for every 10 callbacks, was the norm in the business. That's rough. That means you face rejection 99% of the time.
What's even worse is that 93% of the time, talent doesn't win the job. A group of casting directors were once asked what percentage talent plays in casting. Their answer? 7%. SO many other factors weigh in to whether or not an actor books a part, and most of those factors are completely outside the control of the actor.
In my opinion, the only way to not go crazy in this career is to focus on the why you decided to be an actor in the first place. Hopefully, it is because you love it; hopefully, it is because you can't imagine yourself doing anything else; hopefully, it is because acting and creating and experiencing and breathing and moving and imagining helps you feel alive and connected to something bigger than yourself. If that is why you chose this career, then each audition is a chance to experience all that beauty. It's a chance to create, even if it's for only 5 minutes in a tiny room with only one other person watching.
I found this article very helpful when it comes to thinking about and dealing with rejection. It's written from the viewpoint of a writer, but I think anyone can find these points useful. Happy creating :)
The ACTIVE ACTOR
You are probably wondering this blog is about. Well, it's about anything that everything that I find inspiring, helpful, and curiosity building.
Curiosity is my favorite state of being, and I've become a treasure hunter and a trash hoarder, collecting all sorts of articles, artwork, and accessories that fuel my inspiration and creativity.
This will also be a place for me to document my life as an actor and coach in Los Angeles. If performing is your passion, I hope that this blog becomes a place for you to learn from my mistakes, grow from my accomplishments, laugh at my witless choices, and share in this crazy, unpredictable, beautiful, life in the arts.