I have these lulls where nothing much is going on, no acting project in
the horizon, I have all the time in the world to do all those creative
things I’ve wanted to do… be it writing a script, starting a book,
making a painting, working on a monologue, etc. And yet, I don’t feel
like doing any of them and just lament on how I’m not busy with other
Then all of a sudden work needs more hours from me, I land a role in a
play, the webseries picks up again, I’m producing a show, etc. etc. And
at the same time, I get this burst of inspiration and motivation and
want to finish that play I started writing or start that art project
I’ve had in my mind forever and I lament on how there’s no time to do
any of it because I’m so damn busy.
Well, boo hoo, right? I know. Funny how it works that way. But
really, now that I think about it… it’s kind of an awesome win-win
situation. When not much is going on I can enjoy that time to relax,
brainstorm and think of things I want to do when I feel more motivated.
And then when stuff is going on, I get that extra boost to do all those
things I’ve wanted to do plus I’m busy with cool projects and work. How
can that be bad?!
Making your own work keeps the dream alive.
It’s easy to fall into a slump when you’re barely going on auditions,
when the projects you are submitting for you are submitting just for
submission’s sake, when you’re out of class… when the dream just doesn’t
seem attainable anymore.
The cure? Making your own work. First of all, it keeps you busy. You
wont have time to be down on yourself or stress about how little you’ve
been auditioning. Plus, it feels good. You are actually
creating something! You didn’t wait around for someone else to create it
for you. You are collaborating with others. Makes you feel a part of
something, instead of this isolated entity trying to climb an invisible
ladder to the top. It gives you something to look forward to. Something
to think about. Whether it’s how to promote it, what to wear for it, who
else you want involved in it. There’s always something.
In this career there are many points high and low, the distance
between the two often great and the frequency of their occurrence even
greater. Thus, you need a little something to keep you going. Creating
makes you feel productive, keeps your mind at ease and could quite
possibly lead to something greater. But, most importantly, it keeps that