This is a post I have been thinking about for months, and it is finally time to get it up here….
Actors Gratitude Journal
As a performer, one lives with a lot of rejection, long hours, running around in rain and sun, morning and night, hurry-up-and-waiting, and crabby people.
As a performer, one also lives his or her dreams, pursuing that passion which is so strong it drives one to follow those dreams despite any of the above.
Beside this HUGE reason an actor has for giving thanks, here are some of the simple, and not-so-simple, day-to-day positives that being an NYC actor brings~
Auditioning with Thanks…
-See your friends
-Meet new friends
-Get work done while at work….makes sense…but a lot of people don’t necessarily see it like that…
-Practice your craft (singing, performing monologues, dancing)
-Free dance class, sometimes with people you would pay big money to actually take from (i.e. Andy Blankenbeuler, Randy Skinner….for the non-musical theatre people reading this, let me know if you need some more details 😉 )
-Network…never know who will be sitting next to you
-See parts of the city (Chelsea one moment, Times Square the next, the random trip to Brooklyn….don’t get too lost!)
-Not have to sit at a desk
-Exercise (Not seeing noneq here, run to the next one, sign in, oh another where they are seeing us, run there….etc.)
-Learn from others….again, for free (overhearing monologues & songs, talking with people with other life experiences…)
-Become friends with Staples….print, copy, print, print…
-Find out from other performers about good classes, people, opportunities…
-And the simple but helpful pleasure of finding out where it is and the passcode to a restroom at the Actor’s Equity Building so can actually have a restroom to use…
(It’s 615 and in the stairwell near the third floor, by the way…)
This list could certainly go on, and I would absolutely love any comments anyone may have!
“The greater danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.”