To Struggling Performers & Artists Everywhere
September 28, 2010 I donated my services and spoke to AFTRA, (American Federation of Television and Radio Association.) Although it was a small group, (actors, dancers, performers and writers) the response was huge. I’m still getting e-mails thanking me for showing them how to cope with so many of the unique problems and challenges that people in the entertainment field have to contend with on a daily basses.
I think what made this particular event so special for me was that I totally and sympathetically understood their plight. I know first hand that it’s not easy to endure constant rejection. It’s not easy to accept that the screenplay you put your heart and soul into has been sent back to you, again. It’s not easy admitting to yourself that you blew it when you auditioned for a part in a movie or TV show that you swear was written for you.
It’s never easy to work 2 part time jobs, live on instant noodles, run from audition to audition and still keep your wits about you, but that you must. Remember, never loose your ability to see the humor and laugh out loud in the face of life’s chaotic moments and incomprehensibility’s. “Laughter is the pit stop in the Rat Race of life. It gives you the repairs and fuel you need to continue.”
But one thing performers, artists and entertainers can and should always be grateful for: It’s the life you chose. You are following your hearts desire. There aren’t many people on this planet who can say that.
There aren’t any guarantees that you will achieve the success you desire. But one thing is certain: The odds will be in your favor, if you believe in yourself, speak words that empower you, take action with passion and enthusiasm, and choose to enjoy yourself during the process. Don’t let the critics bring you down!!!!!!! In the big scheme of things, it really doesn’t matter what they think. The only thing that matters is what you think.
I wish you all the very best. I am so grateful that I was able to help in some way.