It’s ironic that my last post was titled “Why Wait”, as being in between gigs at the moment, I seem to be doing a lot of that recently.
Waiting. That’s the name of the game; waiting until the next audition, until the next callback, next job. And boy, do the times in between jobs feel long.
I know that there will always be more auditions, which will ultimately lead to more jobs, and never has there been any doubt in my mind that I will continue to work. But some times I miss being on set so badly that the waiting just, well… sucks.
As I was feeling a little sad today, my boyfriend passed along this article at the exact moment I needed to read it most.
Henry Cavill, who just booked the upcoming Superman film Man of Steel, talks on his experiences and struggles breaking in to the industry:
“I went through a phase where I was getting wonderful feedback for everything I did, but not getting the job because I wasn’t a name … It just wasn’t happening. I was getting lots of feedback: ‘Oh, loved you, fantastic performance, the director loved you, but sorry, no.’ And I started to throw my hands up in the air and thought, ‘There’s just no winning. It’s not going to happen because I’m doing everything right, but I’m not getting the results.’”
I feel like he speaks to the same place that I am in my career. I work hard, and the feedback I get after going in rooms is always positive. But I don’t have that big credit. Heck, I don’t even have a Guest Star credit… yet. I know I have the skills, and I definitely have the passion and desire. It’s just waiting until the right role comes along.
And it is a great teaching lesson in patience…
But still. Waiting is hard. I’m like a kid a few nights before Christmas, just waiting to open the large, shiny presents under the tree.
On a different note, I got to sign autographs at Comikaze this weekend for Light Masters — yep, I felt pretty legit. Some one even asked me to sign their arm. In the evening, we all talked on a panel and had a pretty good turn out. I’d say there were at least 40 people there… which was almost as cool as getting to autograph body parts.