It is a brutal industry. Is there any other industry where rejection is an every day experience? Where hiring decisions are based not only on skills but on a look? height? weight? gender? The answer is no. In fact, in every other business sector, it’s illegal to do so. Is it any wonder we see and hear so much negativity on line and in person? We here at JT Pro are witnessing an alarming trend of negativity on line from actors. Blog posts, tweets, and FaceBook status reflecting depression, falling short, anxiety, and other comments less then positive.
“Aim at the sun and you may not reach it; but your arrow will fly higher than if you had aimed at an object on a level with yourself.” ~F. Hawes
The fact is you reflect your surroundings and everything affects your psche. It sometimes takes a conscious effort to find things, experiences, and people who will push you forward and not pull you down.
Ultimately, you are the key to your own success and happiness. Bottom line is you have to set a higher standard for yourself. If you keep setting the target at arm’s length, you’ll never get to the target at the end of the field. Aim high, and then set reasonable mini goals as steps to get to your ultimate achievement.
Blah blah blah…you’ve heard it before…because it WORKS! Sitting on your hands waiting for the phone to ring is doing NOTHING to push you forward. Doing SOMETHING is better than nothing. Those big roles aren’t coming in yet? Think about theater, student films, deferred payment films. Before you roll your eyes ask yourself what can be gained by these? Relationships? Experience? These are NOT bad things. You’ll never know unless you try.
Surround yourself with positive experiences, with positive people, and give a little out yourself to other people. See what happens…