Daily Tragedies Only Actors Understand

June 16, 2015

Because bad things happen to good actors every single day.

 

Having to travel to auditions with three pairs of shoes, two outfits, dance clothes, food for the day, your headshot and résumé, and your work clothes for when you’re done.

 

Getting really excited when an unfamiliar number calls your cell phone only to find out it is not a CD calling.
 

Being told you can’t apply for a job based strictly on your looks.
 

Seeing someone else on TV playing the role you didn’t get.
 

Being two weeks shy of getting your union health insurance so you have to just stay sick.
 

Can’t get into the union without a getting a union job. Can’t a union job without getting into a union audition. Can’t get into the union audition without being in the union.
 

Having to miss an audition because no one can cover your shift.
 

Finding out about your audition appointment the night before and then getting 27 pages of sides to learn.
 

And then going to the audition and having them only see the first three pages of sides.

 

Having your neighbors complain about your vocal warmups.
 

Having to suppress your rage when someone asks what you really do for a living.
 

Being rejected at least once a day.
 

Having to spend more money on singing lessons and dance classes than you make on booking actual singing and dancing gigs.
 

Having to explain to your significant other why you are not available to hang out before 11 p.m...ever.
 

Getting up at 5 a.m. to be in line at 6 a.m. to sign up for an audition at 9 a.m. to not be seen until 5 p.m.
 

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