As some of you know, I am currently working on a show; more of a workshop production. The director is a friend of mine and I love him and his work.
As an actor, we hope to work on projects that we find rewarding. We put the time in, get our union cards, and look for those shows that pay. Because in the end, isn't that the goal? At one time I thought it was, and then realized it was becoming harder and harder to find those projects that I found rewarding. Not to mention the competition.
So, in between, we do what we can to keep our process, and the projects of those we respect, moving forward. That is where I am right now.
This made me think of all the "jobs" I have held that has kept me tethered to the camera and the stage. They include:
- stage manager
- make-up assistant
- prop master
- lighting person
- wardrobe mistress
- casting assistant
- costume designer
- standardized patient
And of course, teaching artist.
I am so lucky that I have had many of these opportunities. They have allowed me to respect my process and never fall into the trap of thinking I have learned all that I need to do.