Crap Jobs create crap actors: Why Your Second Job Is Killing you.
Oh boy it's tempting, the allure to settle is all consuming. In a moment your fears could soon subside. Rent is due, bills need to be paid and you don't have any money. What more excuses do you need? A job has fallen in your lap. It pays you twenty bucks an hour, maybe twenty five, and all you need to do is trade in eight hours of your day, five days a week. You don't even really have to do anything except look busy when the boss is around. You can practice scripts and watch youtube. It's not acting but it's a good second job right?
For many reasons but these four in particular:
So what is my suggestion?
I have two, this is the first: Try sales, try marketing, try advertising, try something where you will develop a skill set that will help you as an acting entrepreneur. The world is run by corporations. Artists often baulk at the idea of getting into the fray and I get that, the artistic ideal doesn't involve offices, or desk jobs, but here are three key reasons why you should at least give it a try.
I definitely do not encourage work for works' sake, but if you set yourself short deadlines to ensure motivation, practice the 80/20 rule of pursuing the 20% of things that cause 80% of the results, ramp up your efficiency, eliminate distractions and utilise your new skills - attacking your acting career from an empowered point of view is going to be a cinch.
My second suggestion is to build an asset base that makes money while you sleep, so you can work solely on your acting, but that's another post.
Wishing you love and Inspiration,
Film and Theatre Actor Based in Sydney. Creator of Script Gym. Lover of Stories.