For a long time, I resisted getting a “survival” job, as they are known among actors.
I was always a little worried it would take too much time and focus away (it didn’t). We were also kind of in between films, that I would be producing as well as acting in, and it always felt like next month, we would be starting another project (yes, they are still happening).
So, I started working again for this marketing company I had worked for when I first got to LA. Out of all the actors working other jobs out there, I have to say, I might be the luckiest: I work with the coolest people, my hours are flexible to where I can sneak out for those auditions or meetings, and I’m working in marketing (totally applicable).
I’m definitely way busier, trying to squash in all the things I used to get done during the day. Now, it’s all about compartmentalizing.
I actually feel even more productive, since I have to schedule things in so they get done… most of the time (my room and car could use a good cleaning).
It’s a great place to be at for where I am, and yes, I am pretty exhausted.
Just reminding myself to enjoy the struggle, because one day I’ll look back and miss it (;]).
And a little closing quote from Matt Lucas via The Daily Actor:
When I look at him [Luke Evans], I always remember his humility. I always remember his willingness and that self respect that said, ‘I’m not going to sit home and procrastinate just because I’m not working. I’m going to go out and get a bar job.” And yeah, it’s frustrating because it’s not how you want to be earning your living. But I think there’s a lot more self respect in any job than there is in no job.