When I wrote my first play, I’m An Actor, They Don’t Get It, I challenged the audience with answering a question: How do you live in LA, pay the rent, and still audition?
After living in LA for a while I quickly learned that my college degree was not going to help me in terms of securing a job that would pay me for my level of education and offer the flexibility I needed to be able to audition. It’s impossible to be two places at the same time and audition notices usually come through last minute giving you minimal time to prepare or ask for time off of work.
One can only get sick so often. Family members can only ‘die’ so often.
Artists often find themselves on a constant job hunt and teetering with being able to pay the bills and creating freely.
I spent so much time worried and heart-broken because I chased my dream and had virtually nothing to show for it. I would write and produce plays and catch rides with cast members to rehearsals. I have slept at my job and even had a short bout with homelessness in LA. Five years after putting pen to paper and hitting the stage to perform in I’m An Actor, They Don’t Get It, and traveling 3k miles to live in Atlanta, GA, I think I finally found the answers. I have put some of them in my FREE ebook that I encourage you to download and share with everyone you know who many need it: 5 Ways to Make Money as a Starving Artist. This is my gift to the artist community. I pray that 2015 leads to a prosperous year for you all.
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