One of the hardest things about deciding to be an actor is finding suitable employment to fund your acting career and keep the lights on. I have had my fair share of “day jobs.” I’ve been an administrative assistant at a construction company, an appointment confirmer for a rip off talent company, a background actor on good shows, a seat filler on judge shows, a writer of grad school research papers, a hostess at a comedy club, and the list goes on. These days I am a substitute teacher, Barbizon Acting School Instructor, freelance writer, and Online Content Editor for a magazine. Can you say tired?
It takes a lot of effort to generate income with a flexible schedule, but I do it all for the love of my art. I have links to Dan Miller’s products because he has helped me understand how to make my ‘side hustles’ more effective and less time consuming. In six months I’d like to report about the ventures I have cooking now that will leave even more time for me to just focus on acting. Moving forward, think of yourself as an independent contractor. Even if you have a salary job, steady pay checks are an illusion. Keep your running shoes around your neck. Think like an actor, and always be planning ahead for your next project/source of income.
In the meantime, here are some interesting stats from the July/August issue of INC magazine.
New jobs in April – 119,000
Who did the hiring:
Companies with fewer than 50 employees – 49%
Companies with 50-499 employees – 48%
Companies with 500 or more employees – 3%
Question: Why do job-seekers continue to make companies like Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, IBM, Facebook, Wal-Mart, General Motors and UPS their prime targets?
You increase your odds dramatically by targeting smaller companies.
What 2012 college graduates say the top priorities are when looking for a job:
Job Security – 33%
Salary – 23%
Health Care and other Benefits – 23%
Company Culture and Perks – 18%
Company Size – 3%
Question: Are you kidding me? Job security is #1?? Haven’t you seen what happened to your Mom and Dad? You’d better be looking for a place where you can refine your skills and show your value. But your job isn’t going to have “security” and guaranteed “salary.”
If you really want those – start your own business. 72% of college students now say they want to start their own business. Companies are gun-shy about investing training in someone who isn’t going to be there 18 months from now. “Security” goes both ways.
Portion of employers that have rejected a job candidate because of that person’s social-media activity – 34%.
Top 4 reasons those candidates weren’t hired:
They posted inappropriate photos or information
There was evidence of drinking or drug use
They had poor communication skills
They badmouthed a previous employer
Question: Most companies will Google you before they look at your resume. Are you comfortable with your “online” resume?
Creativity will do more to open the doors for you to be considered than a stellar resume. What have you done that shows you to be “remarkable” in your job search?
Dan Miller, President of 48 Days LLC, specializes in creative thinking for increased personal and business success. He believes that meaningful work blends our natural skills and abilities, our unique personality traits and our dreams and passions. Dan is active in helping individuals redirect careers, evaluate new income sources, and achieve balanced living. He believes that a clear sense of direction can help us become all that God designed us to be.
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