As an actor, we are all well-versed in this: rejection. Last year I signed with a manager who I thought was going to change my life - I had seen her do it for a good friend of mine who has consistently booked since she moved to LA (and not just little things but series regulars on networks shows and big studio movies).
Within a month of signing with her, I tested for a contract role on a soap opera and booked two prime-time network shows. Then nothing... the auditions got less and less. I thought it was just the time of year - but apparently it was more than that. Within 6 months of signing with her, she called me and in a 42 second phone call dropped me. "I don't think this is working out. I think you need to find a new manager." *click* I was left stunned. (yep, there wasn't even a goodbye).
So, how do you pick yourself up from something like that? After succumbing to a puddle of tears for hours on the floor of my fiancé's childhood home - we were at a family bbq when I got the call - I decided that I was going to put a game plan together. It was summer - the perfect time to get representation because people were dumbing their rosters (as I had just been dumped). So what do you do?
1. Realize what you can control
In the entertainment industry there is so much out of our control. We are constantly too tall, too short, too old, too thin, too pretty, too young. So what can you control? Your training. Your personal projects. Your materials (headshots, demo reel, website, etc). Work begets work, right? So if you are putting good work out there, you are proud of what you are creating and you are doing it on your terms. (My podcast was that for me, but more on that in another post).
2. Work on you + your art daily
What is you "side-art"? The thing that you work on on the side outside of your main art? You're reading mine. This is my "I don't feel like I have any control in my acting career, so I need to do something creative" space. What's yours? Photography? Painting? Fitness? Music? Creation is creation - as an artist, filling that need to create helps you feel in control of your situation.
3. Keep it all in perspective
"This too shall pass." - someone way smarter than me. At the end of the day, you have a roof over your head and people that love you. There could be wayyy bigger problems. Yeah, it sucks right now, but it will all get better.
Oh hey there
Thank you for stopping by. My name is Ansley and I am a creative being. With not much to show for it. Feel the same?! Welcome! For all of you artists out there who are just hanging in there - this is for you!