Almost 20 years ago while working in radio sales in northern New York state, I started setting a lot of goals on the job. The company owner, Pat Tocatlian, wanted to see sales goals for the year and each month. In addition, she wanted to see my personal and professional goals for 5 years, 10 years, and even 20 years. At age 24 I had no clue what 20 years into the future would even look like. I’m know I could have neither predicted the changes in technology nor seen myself living in Texas. But a bigger problem existed. Continue reading
In the midst of the holiday season, I like to think back to my earliest performance memories. Many of them took place at my church, Ss. Philip & James Church in Lisbon, New York. The photo here is the only one I have in my possession where I’m at church, and judging by my winter coat, it was likely taken at Christmastime after I participated in a holiday program. My aunt Jeanne is to my right and her mother, my Godmother Mémé, is to my left. I’m not sure why I happened to be sitting with them and not my immediate family when the photo was taken but that’s not important right now. Continue reading
That’s pretty much how I rate this year overall in my career. It wasn’t the banner year I expected. I certainly didn’t make much money, a fact supported by my nearly negative bank account balance. Also, I didn’t book any big jobs, with proof on my slow-growing IMDb page. Even what was supposed to be the final two acting gigs of the calendar year got yanked away due to low ticket sales for live shows I regularly perform in with an acting troupe.
No, as I look back at the last 12 months I see plenty of bumps in the road, a road often traveled by Greyhound or Megabus. Despite having 4 agents, even auditions seemed slim some months. What made it feel worse is seeing peers nationwide achieving success in bookings and creating momentum. We never look at people doing worse than us, do we?
So let’s rattle off the 10 reasons real quickly here and maybe you’ll find a kindred spirit in your equally pathetic year. Continue reading