acting Vs Life

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Guys Im in need of your opinions For a while now I've been finding it hard going staying focused. Acting is what I love, and its what people tell me I'm good at. But the money just isnt coming in. And Im really questioning how long do I keep going. Though I feel about 18 inside age wise I guess I'm no longer the spring chicken. I look around me and I see all my friends(even some of the acting ones) settling down and having children, getting married, having security. And I'm thinking that I'm missing out on life by pursuing this so hard. Does anyone else feel like that?

I know completely how tough it is to succeed but which way do u go - Do you ACCEPT the risk that you will always live at a poor level of income and keep acting OR do you GIVE IT your best shot for as long as you can and then move on?

Possibly this may come across as a lack of true commitment to some people here but I feel the clock is ticking..

This is where someone tells me that I'm feeling one of the hidden pleasures of acting..... :)

Any thoughts out there?

steve.x


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What I mean is, if you dont know where your next job is going to be it can be very hard to plan your life. Floating from one theatre company to another is great, and I know that but it is the not knowing if its going to be 4months between contracts and if so what do you do in the meantime for money? If you had say a job with a rep company, a long contract then things would seem alot more secure. Everyone is in the same boat here, considering their options, my option right now is not to leave acting because I havent been doing it long enough and I love it too much but if in 2 years time Im not getting work then like others I might have to reconsider. Nobody thought it was going to be easy, its drummed into you at college that it is hard and you struggle to find your feet sometimes, Im very confident I'll get work, through sheer determination not to give up but its only because I can be bothered. Lots of people who trained with me gave up because of financial commitments, it might happen to me too but Id like not to think that.


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Hello All...

Who hasn't or isnt going through this just after the busy Panto season...

I always believe and have done ever since i first set foot onto a stage... this business is not a WANT... its a NEED...

You know when an individual wants the part... but when they need it... its a totally different situation...

Keep going, dont give up! The work is out there... im 21, ive been pro for ten years and never (just touching every peice of wood around me) been out of work... the work is there, you just have to have a very sharp crowbar to price open the filing cabinets.

Best Wishes
Happiness Always

Antony Stuart-Hicks


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Robert Cann
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They do say that the two worst words from the English language (when put together) are "if" and "only"

Today is the first day of the rest of your life...go for it!


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I do know exactly how you feel as so many of the people here do! What you need to ask yourself is if you stop are you going to miss it are you going to regret it?

As soon as I picture myself turning in acting or anything in the arts I know that it is a no brainer and that it will always be part of my life.


Well, its not an answer but atleast you know you aren't on your own


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I know how you feel. I've also been taking a long hard look at this profession. Living where I do, there isn't many job options period, never mind acting work. Sometimes I wonder if this is what I want to do, or do I want to work in a factory all my life? I don't want to regret anything.


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Steve :-)

You are one of the most talented actors I've ever worked with. You have an immense amount of talent. I would hope that you'd never choose to stop. I also know that you are a fantastic writer! A friend of mine makes £500 a time for writing short voice overs for documentaries. Perhaps I could put you in touch? Two a month is an extra grand to live on!

Another friend of mine is a married with two kids. When he's not in full time acting work he guest lectures in a university teaching voice. Thats around £30 an hour. He got it just by writing to different educational institutions and describing what he can offer.

I'm in a fortunate position that my partner earns well and is willing to support us both through the harder times. Even to help me through more learning.Until I find something else that gives me the same happiness, I'm not going to stop. Why/How can you stop doing something that makes you so happy?

Much love,
Cj

Ps. For Scottish actors!! Hopscotch normally cast around Feb/March so they'd be good to approach around now! And drop your headshot into GMAC for any upcoming films.


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There's not much else that can really be said, but i just wanted to add something a bit different to the conversation. Whilst I 100% agree with what everyone is saying (and Im right at the beginning of my career so I know Im in 4 a long haul!) I also wanted to say that I think actors place a huge pressure on themselves and fellow actors not to "fail" or "give up". Someone who decides not to continue pursuing their acting career..whose been living on a pitance, struggling like the best of us, feeling disillusioned and, quite frankly, is just bloody tired..is often described as "not wanting it enough" and the like, which I personally feel is a judgement call no one can make except the individual. The thing that drives all of us to embark upon an acting career-when we know we will spend much of it doing anything but with not very much (financially) to show for it-is a desire, above all else. The desire to act. To many a seemingly crazy notion which is, I feel, an admirable decision. To just give it a try and commit yourself to a potential lifetime of uncertainty. Now dont get me wrong, I wouldnt have it any other way as most of us wouldnt..i love what we do, given the chance to do it. However, i cant help feeling that there is a slight tendency amongst professionals to look down (possibly too strong a word, but it's all i can come up with) on those who have given it their all and their desire has either started to fade or been clouded by the sometimes rubbishy existence we have to lead. I do not see this as someone not being a "real" actor, not truly loving their art or not wanting it enough and therefore being less of an actor at heart..blah blah,u know what I mean. Im sorry but I just find that darn right arrogant to see others this way and hail urself as King Martyr of Actors. i have an enormous amount of respect for those in the profession who have dedicated so many years of their life to acting (like many who have posted in response to this) and only hope that my endurance and desire keeps burning as long as theirs, as I really can never see myself doing anything else. But I also have a lot of respect for people (and what a hard decision) who say "U know what, I gave it my best but I just cant do it anymore"..We are people who are doing a job at the end of the day, yes it is a job in the arts which requires talent, dedication and passion but we are all human, not some sort of supernatural being called to grace the boards and serve the higher good that is "Theatre". I sound cynical and detrimental and i dont mean too (sorry, sat at a desk temping so im feeling bored and resentful!!) but there are other things that comprise us as human beings and i dont think that acknowledging them or deciding that, for a time, they must come first is failing or not wanting to act enough. That, i guess, is the beauty of our profession..you can do it til the day u die and could, therefore, in theory come back to it at any time. Everyone feels down and tired at times, but let's not condemn those who choose another path..they may very well want to continue but, for one reason or the next, simply can't.


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Apologies for the length of that rant, by the way!! Just read it back!!


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rant away!
you made excellent points :)


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