A demanding career
A number of actors advise pursuing this very demanding career only if you can’t feel right doing anything else. And a number of highly talented actors change direction into writing, producing or some other creative vocation.
You need to be aware of what is really driving you.
Maria Bello commented in a conversation with Carrie-Anne Moss for Interview mag.:
“My best friend at college, Villanova University, was an Augustinian priest named Father Ray Jackson, who co-founded this educational program called the Center for Peace and Justice Education, and he wrote a book about it.
“He asked me to edit the book, so I spent a couple of summers in the university library, and every day Father Jackson asked me, “How are you going to serve?”
“So it was a difficult decision for me to become an actor because I was on my way to law school. But I realized that you serve by doing the thing you love, doing it well, and being conscious about what you’re giving to the world.” [Interview magazine, April, 2004]
[Photo from video about her book on identity labels – see post: Identity and Being Creative.]
Fame is not enough
Actor and teacher Jamie Rose comments on her site jamierosehere.com:
“Too many actors.. concentrate all of their energies on getting an agent etc. and don’t spend enough time on becoming great actors.
“If you are only about outward success – fame money etc., I promise that there will never be enough of it to fill you up…”
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Part of doing what you’re meant to do is learning to disregard the seduction of fame, or the pressure of what other people think, if it isn’t right for you.
Suzanne Falter-Barns, who writes and leads workshops on finding and living your life purpose, asks in her article Finding Your Niche in Life, “Are you willing to rise above everyone else’s agenda for you, and carve out the niche that is rightfully yours.. and honor your greater self instead? Are you willing to be known as the tremendous, quirky soul that you are?“
She gives as an example Roger the Jester, “a wonderful, original performer” who, after unsuccessful stabs at psychology and photojournalism, “landed on jesting by asking himself what he wanted to spend the rest of his life doing.”
“What I really liked was making people laugh, and goofing off,” Roger said. “Once I got booked for a show and they told me, ‘We’d just like you to carry on.’ Well, that’s what my mother used to yell at me — ‘Will you stop carrying on?’ And now, here I was, carrying on and getting paid for it.”