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Confessions of an Undiscovered Star

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Sunday
Mar012015

All I Want is Ups! (And Advice from a Tiny Potato)

 

 Lucy: Sometimes I get discouraged.

Charlie Brown: Well, Lucy, life does have its ups and downs, you know.

Lucy: But why? Why should it?! Why can't my life be all "ups"? If I want all "ups," why can't I have them? Why can't I just move from one "up" to another "up"? Why can't I just go from an "Up" to an "upper-up"? I don't want any "downs"! I just want "ups" and "ups" and "ups"!

 

 

I didn't get a job this week that I really wanted. This unfortunately goes with the territory of being a performer - your fate is regularly in someone else's hands and there are so many other fabulous people out there going up for the same parts. 

But how do you stay positive with constant rejection?

Whilst watching a Dallas Travers vlog she mentioned that in America your chances of getting a job is a ratio of 1:1500 apparently??! (although there is a different system with open auditions for every Equity audition so you could in theory audition for lots of things that you aren't suitable for constantly upping the odds). I haven't brought myself to think that it is here in the UK but it can't be as high as most of the battle seems to be just being seen - it would take you years to get a job with those odds!!

The actress Julie Bowen (Modern Family/Weeds/Lost/Ed) puts a positive spin on this situation in an 'Emmy Round Table' interview:  

I like how she just says it is a 'numbers game' and each one you don't get just means you are closer to getting the next one. 

Obviously there are times you should give in and try something else - hello half the people that audition for X Factor - but when do you know if it's that time or if it is just the 'Fraud Police' as Amanda Palmer references in her book 'The Art of Asking':  

(But what if you ARE one of those crazy people on X Factor who doesn't know they are pants??! *Shudder*)

Another thing that resonated with me was Teri Hatcher's comment at the start of the 'Round Table' interview that "you aren't out of it until you quit". Her career had many dry spells and rejuvenations - many times where she thought her career was over but just as she did something happened. A lovely friend of mine had a similar thing happen a few years ago, she was about to turn 30 and her career wasn't going the way she wanted so she was ready to jack it in...and then she got a big West End show. Perhaps it helped that she didn't care as much any more, I don't know. 

Thankfully over the past couple of weeks some very exciting things have happened and in the pipeline so I won't be down for too long. If you find yourself feeling discouraged and like Lucy Van Pelt up the top of the blog don't forget what Ginger Rogers and a Potato have told you: