Look to Acting to Be Your Creative Savior, Not Your Financial Savior

By Webmaster

  • Look to Acting to Be Your Creative Savior, Not Your Financial Savior

    Fame and fortune must not be your primary pursuit. They should be the fortuitous byproduct of a larger pursuit

    (by Jim Webb)

    (Photo by JP Valery on Unsplash)

    “Look to acting to be your creative savior, not your financial savior.”

    That is some of the best advice I’ve ever heard in showbiz. It’s the kind of advice that every actor should etch in stone and carry around with them everywhere they go.
    __________________________________________________________________
    RELATED:
    Why Acting Must Be a NEED, Not a WANT
    __________________________________________________________________

    This business is not for people who seek fame. And it’s certainly not for those who seek fortune.

    The chances of you ever becoming a millionaire as an actor are probably the same as the chances of you hitting the lottery. It’s just not likely to happen.

  • Instead, it’s much more likely that you’ll struggle financially for quite some time before becoming, at best, financially stable.

    Consider this:

    #1: Most SAG-AFTRA members earn less than $7,000 annually from acting work. Non-union actors
    usually fair even worse.

    #2: Only about 20% of Union actors earn more than $10,000 annually

    #3: Only about 5% of SAG-AFTRA actors earn more than $100,000 annually

    #4: Over 90% of all union actors are unemployed on a given day

    #5: Historically, income from commercials has accounted for as much as 50% of a working actor’s salary.
    But this income source has been compromised recently, thanks to the shift by advertising agencies
    toward non-union talent.

    #6: Acting markets are more diffuse than ever before. With acting work no longer concentrated in major
    markets like Los Angeles and New York, opportunities for employment are sometimes less plentiful than in previous years.

  • I present these statistics not to discourage you. Rather, I present these statistics to encourage you to
    look to acting to be your creative savior, instead of your financial savior.

    Don’t pursue acting with money and fame on your mind. You will almost certainly be disappointed
    with the end result, if you do.

    Instead, treat acting as your creative savior. It is your outlet for self-expression!

    Acting is your unique chance to put on the “skin” of another human being, your character, and
    understand someone whose life is completely different from yours.

    Acting is your opportunity to create a piece of art! It is your chance to take chances, be bold and
    do something shocking and creative.

    Acting is your chance to make a small difference in the world, working on pieces of art that can
    inspire people or make them laugh out-loud!

  • Acting is your chance to make lasting memories that you can enjoy when you’re sitting in
    your rocking chair at 95 years old, reflecting on your life.

    Acting is your chance to do something memorable. Your performances could last for centuries.
    Hundreds of years from now, people might be watching YOU, admiring your performance and
    marveling at how fantastic your acting was.

    Fame and fortune must not be your primary pursuit! Fame and fortune should be the fortuitous byproduct of your larger pursuit: perfecting your acting craft and expressing yourself, through your art.

    ________________________________________________________________________________________________
    You Might Also Like:
    Reinvest 50% of Your Cash Back Into Your Acting Business
    ________________________________________________________________________________________________

    Recommended Posts

  • Ad

  • Before You Blame Your Agent….

    Before You Blame Your Agent…. Because, it’s not always your agent’s fault (By Jim Webb) You’re not getting enough auditions. Your friends are auditioning like crazy, while you rarely get any. The knee-jerk…

    “To be an interesting actor, you must be authentic” (Sanford Meisner)

    “To be an interesting actor – hell, to be an interesting human being – you must be authentic and for you to be authentic you must embrace who you really are, warts and…

    3 Important Questions to Answer Before Your Next Headshot Photoshoot

    3 Important Questions to Answer Before Your Next Headshot Photoshoot Remember, the goal of a headshot is not just to produce a pretty looking headshot (by Jim Webb) Before you go out and…

    The Callback Checklist

    The Callback Checklist Check these items off your list before you go in for your next callback (by Carmichael Phillips) Are you ready for your next callback? Check these items off your list…

    Why Building Relationships with Casting Directors is So Important

    Why Building Relationships with Casting Directors is So Important One of the best ways to improve your odds is to emphasize relationship-building as a core part of your strategy for success (by Carmichael…

  • Ad

  • “You can’t rely on anyone to hand you anything in this business. Ever! So, just be creative.” (Joe Manganiello)

    “You can’t rely on anyone to hand you anything in this business. Ever! So, just be creative.” “So many times I meet people who [ask me], you know, ‘do you have any advice…

    What is the “Private Moment Exercise”?

    What is the “Private Moment Exercise”? The concentration that it takes to have a private moment in public, empowers the actor to bring a higher level of concentration to a character (by Tonya…

    Funny Feel-Facts, Part II

    Funny Feel-Facts, Part II (by Carmichael Phillips) Here are 5 more feel-facts about acting I’ve uncovered. Part 1 of my Feel-Facts series brought some laughs and inflamed some tensions, so I thought I’d…

  • Ad

  • 3 Reasons Why It Sucks to Do Student Films

    3 Reasons Why It Sucks to Do Student Films Yep. Sometimes they really do suck! (by Carmichael Phillips) Alright. Let’s light this candle! We’ve already given you the lowdown on how student films…

    “No amount of failure…can dissuade a determined actor.” (Susan Saint James)

    “Through my own experiences and achievements, I have found that no amount of encouragement, help, or advice can make an unmotivated person a star, while at the same time, no amount of failure,…

    Set Aside One Day Each Week for Your Acting Business

    Set Aside One Day Each Week for Your Acting Business How setting aside an entire day can improve your acting business (by Jim Webb) The #actorslife is a hectic one. Between your survival…

    How to Turn Your Audition Trash into Audition Treasure

    How to Turn Your Audition Trash into Audition Treasure What if you used every bad audition as a kind of audition technique class? (by Carmichael Phillips) Let’s say, your recent audition was an…

    What is “Type”?

    What is “Type”? An actor’s type plays an essential role in the casting process (by Tonya Tannenbaum) An actor’s “type” refers to the initial impression the average person tends to have about an…

  • Ad

  • “The actor must constantly respond to stimuli that are imaginary.” (Lee Strasberg)

    “The human being who acts is the human being who lives. That is a terrifying circumstance. Essentially, the actor acts a fiction, a dream; in life, the stimuli to which we respond are…

    Don’t Audition Solely for the Purpose of Booking the Role

    Don’t Audition Solely for the Purpose of Booking the Role Always act in truth. (By Jim Webb) You are behind on your bills. You’re facing money shortages. You’re not entirely sure how you’ll…

    5 Good Reasons to Do Student Films

    5 Good Reasons to Do Student Films There are many actors who can cite chapter and verse their negative experiences doing student films. They can be a bit of a mixed bag. But…

  • Ad

  • “If you want to be an actor…that has nothing to do with Hollywood.” (William H. Macy)

    “It’s one thing to become a better actor, it’s another thing to want to be somebody, or to want to be a star, or to get recognition. If you want to be an…

    What is a “Student Film”?

    What is a “Student Film”? It is the making of the film itself, rather than the content of the film, that usually provides the educational value (by Tonya Tannenbaum) A “student film”, as…

    “This is a business of rejection.” (Bill Duke)

    “There’s a difference between waiting to be discovered by someone and discovering yourself. Waiting to be discovered and discovering yourself is a different consciousness.” (Bill Duke) Duke went on to explain: “This is…

    3 Reasons Your Audition Ended Quickly

    3 Reasons Your Audition Ended Quickly The speediness of the audition may have nothing at all to do with the actor’s performance in the audition room (by Jim Webb) That sinking feeling you…

    5 Basic Facts about Lee Strasberg

    5 Basic Facts about Lee Strasberg Here are some basic facts about the life and career of Mr. Lee Strasberg (by Jim Webb) Lee Strasberg was one of the most influential acting teachers…

  • Ad

  • “I think it’s important to stand out and make bold decisions.” (Dacre Montgomery)

    “I think it’s important (for actors) to stand out and make bold decisions. And I think that, there’s not enough people in the world that encourage that for artists. And I think for…

    5 Funny Feel-Facts About Acting

    5 Funny Feel-Facts About the Business of Acting They’re not necessarily true for all actors. You can argue that they’re not true at all. But they feel good to say, so I said…

    3 Minor Violations to Avoid on Your Acting Résumé

    3 Minor Violations to Avoid on Your Acting Résumé When it comes to an actor’s résumé, there are differing levels of crime that an actor can commit. Here are 3 Minor Violations. (by…

  • Ad

  • “If you get good enough, all that other stuff will take care of itself.” (Ed Harris)

    “I would just say, if this is something you’re pursuing as an actor… It’s one thing to learn about acting, it’s one thing to become a better actor, it’s another thing to want…

    What are “Profiles”?

    What are “Profiles”? Profiles give casting a more complete picture of how the actor looks when performing on-camera (by Tonya Tannenbaum) Profiles are a request for additional information about an actor’s appearance, particularly…

    You’re Not Really Acting When You’re Over-Acting

    You’re not really acting when you’re over-acting It’s amateurish and does a disservice to the script, your fellow actors and to the audience. (by Jim Webb) It’s understandable for aspiring actors to want…

    “Don’t become an actor, unless you HAVE to.” (Mandy Patinkin)

    “Don’t become an actor, unless you HAVE to.” (Mandy Patinkin) Here’s the best thing I ever heard about acting, that my wife said: “Don’t do it (become an actor), unless you have to.”…

    Today’s Rundown

    TODAY’S RUNDOWN Thought of the day: Thinking of quitting your acting career? Hang in there! You don’t have to have all the answers today. You only have to survive the day. #actorslife  …

    What is a “Sense Memory”?

    What is a “Sense Memory”? Armed with a sense memory, the actor’s experience is no longer rooted in fantasy. It is now real to them. (by Tonya Tannenbaum) Sense memory is an acting…

    Booking Commercials: Talent, Looks or Luck?

    Booking Commercials: Talent, Looks or Luck? What does it take for an actor to be successful in commercials? (by Carmichael Phillips) What does it take for an actor to be successful in commercials?…

    What are “Notes, Adjustments and Redirects”?

    What are “Notes, Adjustments and Redirects”? Regardless of what one might call them, these changes are usually necessary for a thorough evaluation of the actor’s fitness for the role being cast (By Tonya…