Oie. Last week was a busy week.
If you didn’t notice, there was no time last week for me to give over to a blog post, let alone many things. I did not cook once. I did shower, though.
My life as an actor means I am my own manager. I am my own business. This requires a lot of time and effort and many hours spent. On good weeks, this includes lots of actionable things like auditions and classes and rehearsals, though sadly this is not always the case. I actually have a “Day In The Life” post nearly finished which describes a bit more about a day as an actor and being my own manager. Ironically, I was too busy being that self manager last week to get it out. Hopefully when it does, it will be of some interest to you.
Anyways. Last week was definitely an example of a busy week for me. I found myself having an appointment followed by two auditions in one day, one audition and another appointment the following day followed immediately by a rehearsal, then two callbacks the day after that – back to back – followed by a film class. I found myself shoving a sandwich in my face with one hand and learning lines from a script with my other hand as I blindly sped walked from subway to subway getting myself to various parts of the city.
I found myself stopping at one point, and even though I’d been feeling pretty down, I realized this was the life I was wanting to lead. All those hours may not be paying me, but being busy and managing myself to get to audition after audition is what I want. It also makes everything much more gratifying at the end of the day. Exhausting, perhaps, but gratifying.
Needless to say, this week’s list of accomplishments was simple to put together. Thank you to Meg for giving me a place to do so.
Last week I…
Had three auditions. Two of which were theatre auditions that were very important to me and I was so happy to just have gotten into the audition room (as a self managing actor this can be the hardest part).
Had two callbacks from said auditions. I prepared really well and – again – even though one was far shorter than I would have liked I’m just really happy to have been seen.
Had the first of three sessions of a Film/Business of Acting workshop I am taking. It was SO good. That being said, it was also that strange mix of new motivation combined with “my god what was I thinking before!?!?” I left class one with a whole big list of things I need to do and change. Lessons like this are hard and make you wish hindsight actually existed, but I’m just thankful to have learned these lessons NOW before having burnt any important bridges. Lots to do.
I made very good use of the Toronto transit system. Without any major glitches this time!
That being said I did get caught in the pouring rain on my bike and had to dry my pants on the chair of a cafe before work. Don’t worry. I had a second pair.
Though it may be hard to believe, all my commuting between auditions and shifts at work meant I also had quite a bit of in-between time to kill. This enabled me to actually try out two new cafes and have some very necessary down time.
The Green Grind – a completely LEED certified cafe!! (a certification that ensures everything to do with the construction of the cafe is environmentally responsible). Everything fair trade and organic. Swoon.
Lovely Fika Cake in Kensington Market
During above mentioned cafe time, I completed my research for my upcoming Fringe Show. I’ll have to tell you what its about later. Its quite interesting. Especially for any vegans or animal lovers or animal rights activists out there.
I picked up an extra shift and changed one around so that I could attend my call backs, making for a total of 5 shifts this week. Again. My own manager.
I spent a solid morning sending out more audition submissions.
I saw my therapist.
Oh and I downed a massive plate of vegan poutine all by myself. It was die worthy.
The afternoon after my final callback of the week, I had a couple hours to kill before my class. I got myself an iced coffee and laid in the park while learning my sides for class. It felt…. amazing. There has never been a moment that has felt more deserving.
Coffee has never tasted so good.
At the end of the week, I was in desperate need of comfort in the form of a coffee shop muffin and also in desperate need of time with my planner. I had a wonderful two hours early in the morning before work and did just that. So much “ahhhhh”.
I even managed to get in an over night trip to visit Dan and see the show that he is playing in the pit band for. He sounded so good. We got in a hefty sleep in and and our usual wonderful breakfast date.A busy week being my own manager. Lots of accomplishments for #weekinreview. #actorlife #toronto… Click To Tweet
So all my pictures consisted of baking and coffee. Anyone surprised?
I’m still sighing a pretty big sigh of relief. That time in the park and that time in the coffeeshop Saturday morning felt so, soooo good.
Seriously. Give yourself these moments of bliss. Whatever it may look like to you.
All weeks will not be like this, and to be honest I’m excited to get back to some more “normal” time this week. But I think it is clear that I do better when I am busy and feeling active in my pursuits. I feel confident when I am wearing something that makes me feel professional and I have my day book out in front of me and heck, even when I’m google mapping my way around the city shoving food in my face. Now I just need to start seeing all this work come to fruition….
If you had a choice, would your hire someone to do all your planning and managing? Or would you still rather do it yourself?
Did you get in any outdoor time this week? Any pure undistracted down time?