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Actors, Don’t Judge Your Work.

 An increasing number of actors at my studio have been working lately.

 It looks like there is a lot of work out there and the actors who are good and talented are booking.  Most classes have one or two actors out due to a job. It’s great to see.

Recently, I’ve noticed a pattern in some of the conversations about the jobs that some are booking.  Here are a few comments I’ve heard recently.  “Yea, I booked this gig, but it’s only a few lines.”  “It was just for one day and It’s just a bit part.”  “A friend recommended me and I stepped in, I didn’t audition so I don’t really considerate it a job.” “It was just a few days, a co-star.” “It was a guest star, but it was only one day.”  “It’s only a pilot,” “The money was only…” blah, blah, blah,…. it goes on and on.

I saw them downplaying as if the only “real job” is when the money or names attached are big, or people know about the project and it has high visibility and popularity.  Do you do this? Are you humble or ashamed? Either way, I say to you,  STOP, STOP, STOP!!   This is all your ego.

You are an actor, and actors act, I don’t care about the size, money, or glory. I am interested in actors working, I tell them.

I shared a conversation I had with my accountant years ago. He has an advanced degree and specializes in complicated real estate returns. He loves to sink his teeth into complex returns. One day a person came into his office with a simple 1040, easy basic return.  I asked why he takes those jobs on with his extremely sophisticated training and experience.  He looked me straight in the eye and said, “Because I’m an accountant, this is what I do and who I am. This person needs my services!” This was a passionate, talented, dedicated professional. It touched me. Made me think, would your doctor refuse to see you because you have a simple cold, since he is trained for much more complicated issues? No, he is a doctor, and he treats patients, no matter how big or small, serious or not.

So actors, stop judging yourself through the status of your jobs.

Your work is to act, take every job and see it as an opportunity and gift to do what you do, which is acting.  That energy will grow with you, and send a positive message to the universe.   Every job should be a celebration. There are no small acting jobs.  I tell my students, “You are an actor, and if you believe in the project, then celebrate, and do the work. That is who we are and what we do.  Besides, you never know who you might meet, or what may come of it.  Work begets work so keep your attitude positive.”

Till next time, take care.

Fran Montano

Author: Fran Montano

Fran Montano - is the owner and Artistic Director of The Actors Workout Studio, located in the NoHo Arts District for nearly 30 years. It is one of the longest running small, intimate theaters and Acting Schools in the Los Angeles area. AWS was created to being a “home” for aspiring and working actors were the work not only includes classes and training, but personal coaching, career planning, networking, showcasing, and regular performing. His students range from beginning actors, accomplished actors who work regularly in film, television, and stage, as well as numerous working directors and writers. His style is on an individual basis and in his small, intimate classes, it’s like working with a private coach. His reputation is in finding and breaking actors blocks Fran’s background as an actor, in producing, directing and theater makes him an excellent resource for actors in Los Angeles, in finding their way both in their talent, and promoting their career. Visit www.actorsworkout.com for more information and a schedule of classes and productions

Fran Montano
Fran Montano - is the owner and Artistic Director of The Actors Workout Studio, located in the NoHo Arts District for nearly 30 years. It is one of the longest running small, intimate theaters and Acting Schools in the Los Angeles area. AWS was created to being a “home” for aspiring and working actors were the work not only includes classes and training, but personal coaching, career planning, networking, showcasing, and regular performing. His students range from beginning actors, accomplished actors who work regularly in film, television, and stage, as well as numerous working directors and writers. His style is on an individual basis and in his small, intimate classes, it’s like working with a private coach. His reputation is in finding and breaking actors blocks Fran’s background as an actor, in producing, directing and theater makes him an excellent resource for actors in Los Angeles, in finding their way both in their talent, and promoting their career. Visit www.actorsworkout.com for more information and a schedule of classes and productions
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