Going from contract to contract is the same as going paycheck to paycheck and we all know what kind of stress that causes. Will you get booked? Will it be worth it? Should you take the job just to get a job? Some actors will spend their whole career stuck in this payday and booking rut, without getting better roles or climbing any ladder of progression or success, much less an increase of pay.
That’s not why you do it. You want to stay passionate about it and not being booked or paid will quickly diminish your fire. While there is never full predictability in the film world, there are some ways to help you have a better and more successful journey.
At the New York Acting School for Film and Television, we understand you want to succeed and want to help you on that path.
Before you are ever going to get out of that rut, you need to be super clear on what it is you do want and then create a plan to get there. It may take the form of learning new skills and specializing in these or in branching out into different areas of performance. You may be presented with opportunities to move into other aspects of the work, such as theatre or company management, scriptwriting or even directing. Options are everywhere, when you are open to them and they are even more likely in smaller companies, where these skills can be combined with acting. Some actors may even be inspired to set up their own theatre or film/television production companies.
Additionally, it might be time to hire a coach or instructor that’s been there and knows how to get you beyond where you’re at today.
The reality is, is that it’s all a learning experience, and it’s your job to decide how committed you are and to which path. Most actors spend time in other types of jobs and end up building up a range of transferable skills, which usually do lead into more opportunities with related careers, such as acting coaching, teaching, lecturing and even training. You may be deepening your skills and and broadening your options in more subtle ways. At the New York Acting School for Film and Television, that is our goal. We are ready to provide you with the tools needed to succeed both in the short and long term. Contact us today to find out more.