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October 26, 2011

Ohmygawd. October is almost over and you still aren’t a star?! More to the point, you haven’t booked anything at all, even after living in Hollywood for what? six months? a year?

Did you honestly think you were going to be THE ONE to take this town by storm in nothing flat? Did you believe that one or two auditions would lead to fame and fortune? That all you had to do was “be here” and it would fall into your lap with no effort whatsoever?

Did you stop taking your reality pills?

It’s hard to believe that there are still hundreds – no, make that thousands of potential actors who arrive in Hollywood thinking that “overnight success” really exists. I hate to tell you, but there ain’t no such animal.

If you came here without enough money in your bank account to pay your rent for at least six months, plus food and gas, you were just fooling yourself. Ignorance is not bliss when you don’t know where your next rent check is coming from. As I write this, the unemployment rate in California is the highest in the nation! People are struggling to obtain minimum-wage jobs. How did you plan to survive while you developed your acting career?

Now, if any or all of the above strikes you as cruel, think of this: “Starving artists” aren’t having any fun. They’re starving. Their agents and managers aren’t feeling so hot, either.

Today’s post is brought to you courtesy of a new young client of mine who has only been here for six weeks. Weeks, folks, not months. He called me two weeks ago to say that he only had enough money to last him one more month, then he’d have to turn tail and go home. He said he had sent out three resumes and received no responses. THREE?! Was he kidding? He asked if I had any suggestions on how to find work. Yes, I did: Pound the pavement every single day. Sign up with an employment agency. Scan the classifieds and Craig’s List.

You cannot concentrate on your acting if you don’t have a roof over your head or if your stomach is empty. Oh, sure…you can use those experiences later in life as material for a one-person show, but come on. You need to take care of yourself NOW.

So, get real. It may not feel great right now, but it’s better than living in a fantasy world, where your baloon keeps getting popped.

About Kris Malone

Kris Malone is the nom de plume of a longtime Hollywood talent agent. Kris created this website as a way for actors to improve their chances of making it in Hollywood, not as a way to reach the agency for possible representation. Kris wishes all of you actors out there the best of luck, laced with a big dose of reality and plain old common sense.

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