New York actors were asked what sustains them day after day working in their creative endeavor. Their answers were uninhibited.
CD Scott Powers says: Wow! Nobody should look at actors the same way again! The clichéd actor stereotype has bit the dust. Thanks for all the well-thought-out replies - everyone one of them inspiring in their own way. And THAT'S what we mean by us being special - you just proved it. Below are all the replies; please read all of them, you are sure to pick up some that resonate with you and will sustain you.
Doing something everyday, no matter how small, to move forward in creating contacts and making myself more visible.
Saying affirmations while looking at myself in the mirror. It's really hard to do at first, but I think it helps.
Getting involved with projects I care about and being with other artists I care about.
God and His grace are what keep me breathing
Every time a casting goes well
Watching myself improve and gain confidence
Knowing that I am not "just" an actor. To know that if this all goes to hell, I have intrinsic value and so much to offer besidesgives me strength to "go for it" without inhibition.
Loving what I do.
Less is more...If I can't fully commit to something. I simply don't do it. I go in 100 % and sometimes i fall on my face but at least I know I gave my all with no regrets. My time is my most valuable asset and if I'm not going to give it my ALL than it's not worth it.
I watch inspiring documentaries, inspiring bio pic films, visit the museum, reading moving books that feed my spirit. I do work on myself and always work from integrity because it's foundation of life. Without Integrity nothing works. Honoring my promises I make to myself first.
Being connected to the source of my gifts and my life.
Understanding that before I am an entertainer I am a light.
Knowing how to come back home to myself.
Looking for love and acceptance within my own heart.
Faith to stay in the present moment.
The sound of applause after a good improv show. Doing a good improv show is such a success.
Seeing my friends succeed in this business encourages me not to stop trying.
Creating my own work; making things happen on my own.
Meeting industry that already "knows" me.
My parents, who believe in me, and still call me their little star!
Hearing the laughter from the audience when you've just nailed a funny line!
The rehearsal process, joy, laughter, and comraderie
Several community theaters in New England are refurbished churches; and it is so fitting because Theater, like all art forms, feeds the soul.
It took a great deal of maturity, but knowing NOT to take it personally if I don't get a part. I've done the work. I can act. I just may not be what they are physically looking for.
I never gave up on anything. I refuse to lose. I dont give up. Ever
When your daughter says, Dad, I was watching a movie last night on TV and all of a sudden You popped up on the screen, WOW. you didn't tell me you were in that one. Hey, we went to the movies last night and there you were right in the middle of things as big as life. What a thrill to see someone we know personally in a movie.
Hello Peter, This is casting calling to see if you are available tomorrow for a featured spot in 'What's Your Number' as "Uncle Charlie' ?. Ah, let me check my calendar.
Morgan Freeman called me over shared his heater with me on the first cold day of the season. At the end of the shoot when he was leaving the set, he walked by me and shook my hand and said, "It was great working with you." I said to myself, Wow, What a Class Act."
An understanding of what I bring to the world - bridge building. I look to connect people, connect "situations" with solutions or resolutions and provide clarity to otherwise confusing and daunting tasks.
Loving the things I do in life which sustain me (even when they're annoying, like my survival jobs and the fact that I, HAVE THEM).
Always seeking a new thing to learn every day.
Mind games with myself. For example, when someone asks how I'm doing, my normal response usually is "Another day in Paradise". Most folks usually scoff at that, to which I retort "that's my story and I'm sticking to it." The responses usually shift to amazement.
Throw folks a curve ball in life that's unexpected. For example, one of my joys is driving a bus. I drive a line run to Atlantic City on weekends whenever I'm not doing a show or other artistic endeavors. When a (female) passenger boards my bus and informs me it's their birthday today, I usually say "oh, that's nice, happy birthday" then they take their seat. What they don't know is when I reach my last pick-up and make my announcements about Atlantic City protocol, I will walk the length of the bus towards where that person is sitting and just before I finish my announcements, I'll ask the question "Oh, by the way, what's you name again?" to which they'll tell me, then I belt out HAPPY BIRTHDAY. The responses I get amongst the passengers: PRICE-LESS.
PRAYER/FAITH. These go hand in hand
Optimism- for each No, i'm closer to my Yes.
Determination- there is nothing else for me. Been workin since 14yrs old and I believe Ive been in almost every field from food service to nursing to finance to law enforcement. Since I was 7 I knew I was an Actor/character.
Passion- I eat, sleep, breath my craft and know that its my gift from God.
Perserverence- my drive to excel and never quit. Don't focus on how many ppl doin the same thing but concentrate on the unique talents I have to offer.
No Sense- not enough to even think For one minute that I won't make it. As long as I stay dedicated, there is no failing.
Physical well-being: having a gym, yoga, dance class, etc. routine. Maintain a good diet.
Mental well-being: keeping an audition journal, having an understanding friend/roommate/partner that you can vent to without getting negative feedback, writing your memoirs or an anonymous online blog. Join a book club, check out novels from the library for your daily subway commute.
Creative well-being: watching local TV shows. Taking acting class, voice lessons, etc.
Emotional well-being: making sure you keep up a social life/dating life! Keep it in check (going out is expensive!), but do make time to see your friends and go on dates (or take your partner out if you're in a relationship) - doesn't have to cost money, and you can combine them with other goals such as going out to see a show or taking a walk in the park.
Financial well-being: having a flexible day job or side catering/waitering job. Unemployment. Barter with friends for mutual coachings if you're short on money for lessons.
Weekly one-on-one coaching keeps me audition-ready at all times.
Always maintain curious attitude without being intrusive.
Bringing everything I work on to a higher level.
Seeing I've played my position on the team (shoot) to the best of my ability and have had fun doing it.
Learning for forgive -- especially myself .
I got in this by the back door -- through looking to better express emotions like vulnerability. Finding out I had talent was a major surprise. I learn something new every day which is a hoot!
Jeremiah 29:11 - For I know the plans I have for you", declares the Lord, "plans to Prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Heb.11:1 - Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.
1 Cor. 2:9 - No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him.
Isaiah 30:18 - The Lord longs to be gracious to you; he rises to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him!
Ecc 5:19 - Moreover, when God gives any man wealth and possessions, and enables him to enjoy them, to accept his lot and be happy with his work---this is a gift of God.
Belief in myself
Belief in the Universe and Natural Law
Recognizing the strengths of others and knowing I have the ability to surpass what has already been proven possible.
Recognizing the weaknesses in others and knowing i am nothing like them and will never be like them.
The joy and happiness that comes from setting and obtaining goals.
Being lucky and grateful of having the people who inspire me most in my life.
Realizing my potential and refusing to do it injustice.
What sustains YOU day in - day out?