A Hope of Romance

He had always considered himself a jester or a villain, someone brought in only to entertain or to kick before throwing out again; but there he was, in class, and the teacher gave him a script to read. It was a simple story about two friends trying to save a school. He performed it to the best of his ability. At the end, there was a collect “awww,” not aww as in pity or remorse, but in sympathy and encouragement. An eternal “isn’t that cute.”  The teacher turned to him and said, “you know, you could play a romantic lead one day.”

 

The student’s heart became afflutter. Romance was for the main stream, not the side characters. He never dared dream he was worthy of it. But here he was, hoping against hope, dreaming hard enough to be made reality. And the dream remained, though it took him a long, long while to see it achieved. But hope is a wonderful thing, flowers from the pavement, refusing to be quenched once ignited.

We all need a little hope in us. Thank you, Jesus.

Thoughts on Agents, Projects, Etc.

I have been targeting a particular agent for my acting career for the last month or so. It took some time to get all my stuff together and looking professional. Finally got the headshots, résumé,  and cover letter sent out, filmed an audition that I really connected with, and arranged a time for us to chat. He reviewed the material thoroughly and told what he liked about me and what he didn’t. He made me a conditional offer for representation, then left the ball in my court.

I pondered this for a bit and I considered accepting his offer, but decided to seek advice from one of my acting coaches first. I figured this coach, being in fact the man through whom I met the agent, would have some great insight in this matter. After sharing our conversion with him, he told me “no.” His reasoning was simple: you are who you are; don’t try to be anyone else. He then related he had already started contacting other agents, telling them about me, and that there was a certain agent that he thought would be a better fit, and that I should call her at such and such time. I left that second conversation affirmed and empowered in myself and grateful for his advice.

The moral of the story is this: you can only be you. In this line of work, any act of pretension is immediately apparent. You must find the people and the projects that you fall in love with, and they fall in love with you. Of course, there will be pairings that are like “Mr. Right-for-Now,” but in the long run the projects and people that last, the ones you want to target and pour your soul into are those who see you and know you and love you just as you are.

The same holds true in life. You are who you are. There are flaws that you need to iron out, micro-evolutionary changes that need to be made, but in the big picture you can only be who you are in the core of your being, and the best matches in life see that and know that and love that.

So, my challenge to you is to continuously put yourself out there, to never settle, to know thyself, and to wait for the right match. If it’s meant to be, it WILL come. Leave this blog post with the still, quiet affirmation of that unshakeable fact.

God bless you and keep you all. Have a great day!