Blogging has been a little light, the past week or so, because I've been quite busy; which is always a blessing for actors who are perpetually unemployed, or what we euphemistically call "in between gigs". Just finished shooting a short film (for a festival) and a spec commercial, and have been prepping for an upcoming trip for a 2 week project that I'm very excited about.
This coming Monday I leave for a theatre several States away, and this will be the very first time I won't be driving, which should prove interesting. I feel lost without a car, so the loss of independence will be a major challenge. They do provide access to a shared vehicle (thanks to our Union rules) but it's not quite the same thing as being able to just pop in my car and drive where-ever I please. I adore exploring new environs, but we'll probably be very busy, so am hoping I won't miss it much. Thankfully, the theatre is within walking distance, so won't have to worry about that issue.
This upcoming project came as a total surprise. I had worked at this theatre 10 years ago, and although the Artistic Director (who hired me) is no longer there, I kept in touch with one of the Artistic Associates. By that, I mean I sent him updated headshots and resume's, copies of reviews etc., Christmas cards, and although I never heard back, I kept at it. So, a few weeks ago, out of the blue, I get a call asking if I would be available for this project. I was, so I accepted and off I go.
In this business people will ask you to keep in touch, if they like your work, and so I do. Most of the time you never hear back, and many people just eventually give up. Not I. I plug away hoping that someday they will get so tired of all my updates, they'll just break down and hire me, or hire me again. 1 theatre I had never worked at before, hired me after 4 years. The longest was after 12 years. And now this theatre after 10.
There is a fine line between being a pest and showing interest, and hopefully I fall into the latter category. But I've been learning that persistence does pay off, in the long run. And it's applicable to all things in life.
Thought I'd just share that with my blogging buddies.
I will keep blogging, as I have some posts that I have been working on, and I will check in on your blogs, though I might not have time to comment, all the time.