How Committed Are You?
A prominent film and television program quotes the statistic to their writing program grads that it will take an average of ten years to get a foothold in their chosen entertainment career.
How many years are you willing to give it?
Television executive/producer Deborah Spera’s #1 piece of advice for people who come to her about wanting to work in the industry is to learn to love the word no. “You will hear it a lot,” she tells them.
How many nos will you be able to endure before your first meaningful yes? Between every subsequent meaningful yes?
It’s been reported that the average yearly income from acting of a SAG-Aftra member is $5,000.
How many years of making that little money from your dream job would you put in before you’d decide to devote yourself wholly to something else?
There are no right answers to these questions. But knowing what you are up against going in – or early on – might help you make a plan for the long haul or a Plan B for the “what if it doesn’t happen?” On the other hand, a good portion of people who read this post will think, “That’s not me.” Just like the writing program grads and the people who come to Deb for guidance and the newly-minted SAG-Aftra members. Sometimes a good dose of denial is what it takes to get onto a high-degree-of-difficulty career path. But having a strategy, a time limit, or a parallel career path doesn’t make you uncommitted. It makes you smart.
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