THE PROFESSIONAL TALENT'S BEST FRIEND (no, it's not a dog.)
It's the weather. With winter upon us, did you know the weather can be a tremendous factor in getting or losing a job?
For the professional actor, the weather works in their favor, for the wannabe actor, the weather works against them.
The professional actor prays for and dreams of floods, hurricanes, blizzards, even buffalo stampedes down Broadway, that approaching glacier, even an earthquake. Why? Inclement weather discourages the easily discouraged actor from going to auditions, that's why. Attendance at auditions can sometimes drop by more than 75% in bad weather. It used to be snow was a big deterrent. Now you can include ordinary rain, cold, heat and even a sunny day. (Not kidding there -- we hear it!) So with far fewer actors at an audition, each actor's chances of getting the job soars. Our industry is full of stories of someone who showed up at an audition during a snowstorm and got the job simply because she was the only one who showed up.
And distance should not be a factor, even in inclement weather. We know actors who live in the most God-forsaken places who - no matter what - manage to make it to every audition, go-see and anything else they hear about, in order to get their chance at getting a job. No wonder they work a lot!
So when you wake up in the morning and hear the weather forecast for the end of the world, SMILE. For the professional actor, this will be a great day for you! Because you know the "others" are pulling the covers over their heads and will never make it to that audition you want to nail. Think of it this way: the worse the forecast, the better your career.
And always remember, the person who got the job showed up at the audition. Was it you?