This is good news, don’t worry. And actually it’s not true. There’s ONE person that cares that you’re an actor.
You care, and that’s what the world needs. People who care. Whether they’re a plumber, a policemen or a pediatric nurse. The world needs people who care.
But do you think anyone cared that Al Pacino became an actor?
But HE did. He cared so much that he went through years of being unknown, honing his craft Off-Off-Broadway in cockroach ridden theaters to mostly empty houses.
But the truth is, caring isn’t enough.
You need to tap into the hunger.
The hunger that you felt in the pit of your stomach when the acting bug bit you. Well, Spidermen and Spiderwomen and Spidernonbinaries, if it’s bitten you, get ready for the ride.
Because the fact that nobody cares is also an asset you can use. Let it drive you to wake up earlier, to learn the lines more thoroughly, to love harder, to get so positive and grow so bright about your own path that you HAVE to light the way, because no one else is gonna do it for you. And that’s a STRENGTH not a weakness. An ADVANTAGE to you.
Because the fire burns brightest and hottest when you add kindling to the fire. The hardships, the jobs you didn’t get, the doubt, the insecurity, the questioning, it’s all made you more complex and more savvy and strengthened you. Don’t you see?
So when you wake up, just remember that nobody cares that you’re an actor. And let it feed you. Or even eat away at you.
Because the hunger for the work, for the craft, for the connection, for the fulfillment, for the feeling of being alive when the lights beat down on you and the moment is raw and real – THAT’S when someone else cares that you’re an actor: the audience. That’s when the truth of life pours out like the Hoover dam over all the walls of doubt you built in your spare time.
Stop looking for approval. Give it to yourself. Not as a “New Years Resolution,” but as a declaration of your worth. Because the moment you said to yourself, I can do this, was the moment that worth came to you.
Guard it with all you’ve got.