Side Art - noun - creative outlet you have so you don't lose your mind while waiting for your agent to call.
Do you have a Side Art? If you don't, you need one.
It Gives You A Sense of Control
When I put out an episode of my podcast, I get the best high. It is my art. I did it. I control it. And I get to share it. On my terms. There is such power in that. You aren't just sitting around waiting for your agent or manager to call. You are making your own thing. Webseries, YouTube channel, blog, podcast, recording a song - ANYTHING! You have control over your Side Art. And that's huge for your confidence.
It Can Give You A Leg Up
When I was doing general meetings with networks last year, I sat down with a woman who is head of casting of a major network and on her desk she had a book on William Desmond Taylor - who is known as "Hollywood's first murder" and the subject of one of my episode's of Hollywoodland: Unsolved. We spent so much time talking about our theories on that case that I was late to my second meeting that day! Not even a week later - she told casting to bring me in for a big role on a new show. I sat next to an idol of mine - we were auditioning for the same show. It was the most surreal experience. I didn't get the role, but I got into the room (and have continued to) because of my side art.
It Will Give You Something To Be Proud Of
You know that super shitty feeling when you go home for the holidays and your great aunt Barb doesn't get how life in LA works and is asking why you aren't on a show yet? Having a side art gives you a talking point. Working on a screenplay? Producing a webseries? Starting a photography business? Your Side Art can give you enough to get through that conversation - and do it in a way you're proud of.
Side Art is your thing. Don't put limits on yourself. Go for it. And don't be afraid to ask for help.
Keep going - you're doing great!
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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!