An actor's life is a risky one. No guarantee of employment. Constantly on the hunt for that next gig. Spending hours on auditions without being paid. Sometimes working for free. You never know if your show is going to get renewed, if you are going to be in the next episode, or when you will book another job. A lot of actors ask me for advice about this. How do I stay sane in the midst of this? How do I stay positive and motivated?
Recently, Geoffrey Owens (an actor known for his role on The Cosby Show) was shamed on social media because he took a job at Trader Joe's to take care of his family. He needed to get a job because they pulled The Cosby Show from air so he no longer received residual cheques that he was depending on to support his family. THERE IS NO SHAME IN HONEST WORK. That seriously broke my heart seeing it and I am so happy to see that since then, he has booked multiple jobs.
So how do you stay positive and motivated?
By doing things that you have control over. Booking a job = no control. No control over the people that make that decision to say YES. Of course, there are things you can do to set yourself up for success in booking that job (and I'll continue to give advice on that here on the blog) but ultimately, you have zero control. You are prepared, professional, polite, do your very best and then let it go.
BUT you have to be able to buy food and pay your rent. Having a side gig is NO BIG DEAL. Actors get embarrassed about it but IT IS NOT FAILING. Taking care of yourself and/or your family is important. Find ways to do it that don't kill you inside. I have had some kind of a "regular" job to make money since I was 14. Heck, I sold knives at one point. I still do other things because this business has its ups and downs. And I want to have a life. Own a home. Take vacations.
Enter KERSH STYLE.
Sleeveless Floral Dress c/o Kersh Style
I recently rediscovered this great Canadian clothing brand. I'm not the greatest at styling outfits but Kersh makes that so easy for me. From super comfy yet stylish outfits to dressy, business style, they have me covered, especially when auditioning! One audition to the next, I never know what that character will be. From playing a deputy one day, to the head of the psychology department the next, to a viking queen. Sometimes I wonder what my neighbours actually think I do.
If you love the clothing as much as I do and want some of their amazing pieces for yourself, check out their latest collection at KERSH STYLE.
And now for the main reason for this post. Drumroll please...
Did you know that Kersh offers a stylist program? Take control and work on your own terms and schedule - when you want, where you want! Ummm, making money and shopping = no brainer. So if you are interested in becoming a KERSH STYLIST and want to know more (they are looking for new stylists!) click HERE.
Be sure to use code TAMMYG when shopping or signing up for their stylist program!
p.s. If you aren't ready to become a stylist, you can host a trunk show where a stylist brings her boutique to you - invite your girlfriends over, drink some wine, network, shop and earn a little money!
p.p.s. Comment below with any questions!
I am always trying to better myself as an actor, director, writer and producer. I feel that learning things about all aspects of the industry help my career massively. It's always evolving and changing and I like to keep on top of the new trends. Here are some of my favourites!
Books on acting:
Books about helping/training your voice:
Make Your Voice Heard
by Chuck Jones
Books on writing: (they have helped me understand why writers write what they do and it has helped not only my writing but also my acting and breaking down scripts)
Save the Cat
by Blake Snyder
Books that have helped my mindset and auditioning skills as an actor:
Books about the industry:
Books I'm currently reading:
Hope they help!
p.s. Comment below with any books you felt have helped you.
For this week's self-care Sunday, I am going with the asper-mask because hormones and stress equal breakouts. This mask gives an amazing exfoliation as well as calms the skin and helps dry out pimples. The best part is that you probably have all the ingredients in your house AND it costs less than a dollar to make! All you need is aspirin, honey and water.
p.s. I have had this treatment done as part of a facial at a spa for over $100!!!
1 tbsp. honey
1-2 tbsp. water
Crush the aspirin into a fine powder.
Put aspirin powder into a bowl with honey and 1 tbsp. of the water. Add more water if too thick but be careful not to use too much water or it will be too runny and slide off your face.
Mix the ingredients together.
Use your fingers to apply the paste to your face and neck. Avoid your mouth and eye area. Leave on for 20 minutes.
Wet your hands and use them to wet your face slightly. Gently scrub your face (avoiding the eye and mouth area) for a gentle exfoliation. Rinse well and pat your face dry. Apply your favourite moisturizer! You can do this a couple of times a week. I usually do it once every couple of weeks.
Hope your skin loves it!
p.s. Comment below on if you tried it and whether or not it worked for you.
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