Michael and Me
One of my favorite actors, Michael Caine, wrote a wonderful book called Acting on Film. What I love about it is that Michael is honest and real in his writing about the craft of acting and his life. One of my favorite quotes from the book is this:
"I did as many films as I could to get the experience. If you sit around waiting for "the big one", when that opportunity finally comes along, you won't be ready for it. You won't have all that small time experience that adds up to big time ability. Success, it may surprise some to hear, come from doing, not negotiating, not counting lines, not weighing credits. Do it, do it, don't wait for it."
There is more to the quote. You get the idea. I have taken Michael's advice to heart. I have made it my business to work as much as possible. I also pick projects that I actually enjoy as well. Currently, I'm working on a student thesis film that is going to film on Friday-Saturday. It's a quirky short film; The director plans on submitting to film festivals.:) I had a callback on Saturday for an independent film called Lucid which is all about dreams. I have my fingers crossed that I get the role. In August, I worked one day on a short comedy film.
I feel even if your not an actor, Michael's advice applies to whatever creative field you are in. So listen to Michael: Do it, Do it, Don't wait for it!"