I. Thou Shalt Not Settle
Too many actors settle for being good when they have the potential to be great.
II. Thou Shalt Not Lose Track of the Big Picture
Actors tend to fixate on short-term details, like finding a good agent and getting the perfect headshot. That’s fine, but the career path you choose will be determined by your long-term goals.
III. Thou Shalt Learn How to Network
Knowing how to meet and interact with industry professionals is an essential skill.
IV. Thou Shalt Be Realistic
When you’re just starting out and you don’t have many credits, don’t ask your agent to get you an audition for the lead in a network pilot. There’s nothing wrong with aiming high, but you can’t lose yourself in the clouds.
V. Thou Shalt Learn to Shut Up
Actors spend way too much time listening to the sound of their own voice. Try keeping quiet every now and then, especially when you’re talking to people in the industry. Who knows? You might actually learn something.
VI. Thou Shalt Question the Source
Don’t believe everything you hear. You know the actor in class who’s half as talented as you but claims he booked a pilot? He’s lying. The guy’s actually doing a Web series that his girlfriend is financing with the money she made dancing at Crazy Horse.
VII. Thou Shalt Learn to Say No
You don’t have to jump on every opportunity that comes your way. I’m talking about the manager who lives out of his car and wants to sign you. I’m also talking about that nonunion film that expects you to perform full frontal nudity.
VIII. Thou Shalt Take Chances
You took a huge risk when you decided to become an actor. So why not keep that daredevil spirit alive as you pursue your career?
IX. Thou Shalt Be Mentally Healthy
Rejections aren’t personal. Your ego doesn’t control your life. And strangers do not have the power to crush your dreams. (Only you can do that.)
X. Thou Shalt Get a Life
Never put life on hold for your career. If acting is based on life experience, how can you be a great actor when you have no life?
The next time there’s an awkward silence, try whispering, “Did you forget your line?”
I ADORE THIS.
Tonight I learned I can eat 2lbs. of blueberries in one sitting and be sad when there are no more.
and it’s with the couple in North Hollywood!
If you managed to read that stupid long post I wrote earlier, you will know that this was the one I loved and wanted to hear back from.
I am so so so happy.
I am finally going to move to Los Angeles.
Boyfriend and I made the trip to LA on Monday. We left our tiny town by 6:40am and arrived in LA around 2:15pm. We checked into the place we were staying (the Studio City Court Yard Hotel) and dropped off our things before heading out.
Our first meeting was scheduled for 5:30pm in Palms. We had a bit of time to kill, but I knew I would pass out hard if we laid down for a nap. Boyfriend and I went in search of coffee before deciding to drive around the area we were going to possibly be living in. We decided that Palms was an alright place, but we would need to learn which roads to avoid and leave extra time for parking (which we later learned pretty much applies to every area of Los Angeles).
After making a couple of random turns around the area, getting stuck in awful traffic, ditching into an alley way to find a new road, and turning the wrong way into a one way parking lot, we finally got some coffee at one of the many Coffee Beans.
After coffee we parked on the road that the apartment was located and walked over. The guy we were meeting with was saying goodbye to someone else before saying hello to us. He was a very relaxed guy, an actor from out of state. His roommate was giving up LA and moving back home. The place wasn’t very large; the living room area was completely empty. The bedroom could fit a queen mattress, a dresser, and nothing else. The closet was large, there was a bitty balcony, and for an extra $200 we could bring our cat. Tandem parking and a wash room in the building. Including utilities, the place is $820 a month.
I didn’t feel very good about the guy we were meeting, though. By all appearances he seemed like a good enough guy, but he just didn’t feel right. We spent about 20 minutes in total from entering the building to exiting the building. The guy told us he’s make a decision by the weekend. Boyfriend and I decided it was one of those take it or leave it situations. We can’t afford to be picky right now, so if it’s offered to us we will take it, but we wouldn’t be devastated if the renter decided to go with someone else.
By that time it was nearly 6:00pm. Our next meeting was at 9:00pm, so we decided to find dinner. I opted to find something near our motel so I could park my car off the street and away from parking patrol. We ended up at Brats Brothers because I was excited at the idea of Polish/German food. It turned out to be a fancy Weinersnitchel with a beer and wine license. Boyfriend and I each ordered a beer and a brat with fries to share. I’m glad we parked far away because I really needed that long walk to level off the buzz from all the beer.
Our second meeting was with young a married couple. They are renting out a bedroom and half bath in their 2 bedroom, 1.5 bathroom apartment. The couple is in their mid-twenties. The woman is an actress with two side jobs and the man is an artist and musician with a regular 9-5. The room is larger than the first we saw, with just as large a closet. The half bath is located inside the bedroom, too, which I loved. Tandem parking and laundry on site. Including utilities, the place is $800 a month. The only downside to the place is that the man has a cat allergy, so Lenore kitty (or El Gato Negro, as she’s known on the streets) would have to stay with my parents until a time unknown.
We spent nearly an hour chatting in the living room after getting a tour through the apartment. Even the roommate moving out cracked a joke about how well our meeting was going while he was passing through. I had hoped so badly that they would extend an offer to move in before we left, but instead they told us that they had two more meetings scheduled for Wednesday and that they would let us know one way or the other by the weekend. I was crushed, but kept my smile on and thanked them for meeting with us.
The following day, Tuesday, we had one more meeting scheduled for the afternoon with a guy in Palms that hadn’t been super enthusiastic about the idea of renting to a couple. He invited us to come by and “see if we might be able to work something out”. During our drive to L.A. we were open to meeting this guy, but after our meeting with the couple in North Hollywood we decided not to waste this other guy’s, nor our own time with a meeting we knew wasn’t going to go anywhere worthwhile. Instead, we got brunch at a place called The Alcove.
After getting food and fueling the car, we made the long trip back to our tiny town, crossing our fingers that we would hear back from the couple in North Hollywood and could begin our move to L.A.
(the reason I only have pictures of drinks is because I am stupid. sorry.)
I enjoy the very rare opportunity to cancel plans, and tonight is one such night.
While everyone I know is at a party together, I’ll be in my pajamas, sipping whiskey, watching netflix and baking brownies.
Tonight will be bliss.