Are You Willing to Fight?


“But that wasn’t good enough for me. I called the Los Angeles office and asked if I could come in and read.”

This post over on the Backstage Unscripted blog is a great example of an actor who is willing to fight for her work. This actor did her best with a taped audition, wasn’t satisfied and went the extra mile to showcase herself.

If you want to be an actor, certainly you could sit around and wait to be discovered. Wait for the work to come to you. Certainly you could go to a good school and think that will be enough. Weren’t you the best in your class? Doesn’t that count for something? Certainly you could get on a reality show because isn’t that the way to get famous these days? You could do the bare minimum – you could put an audition on tape and not even think twice about doing anything extra. Because sure, it does work for one or two folks. For one or two, the work does come to them. Going to a good school does help. A reality show is a doorway.

And if you’re not the one or two? Are you willing to fight to become an actor? Are you willing to go the extra mile? Now is the time to answer that question. Now is the time to think about what you will do, and what you won’t. Ask yourself honestly, do you want to work toward being an actor, or do you want acting to come to you? And if you want the later, what will you do if it doesn’t happen?

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Lindsay Price


  • While the original post aims at performers, I’d like to chime in and say that the same sort of thing applies for designers/technicians too: Are you willing to work a TD gig to get a possible foot in the door for a later design gig? Are you explicitly a carpenter and unwilling to consider work as a board op? Etc……Things to ponder.