Support Your Fellow Actor
I am writing this blog post from Atlanta, Georgia where I am attending FaffCon, the Voiceover Unconference. But, if you are not a voice actor- don't stop reading. Because this blog is not about voiceover.
It is not even about acting.
This blog is dedicated to the support that performers can - and d0 - give each other. I have spent the last 36 hours watching a group of working talent give freely of their ideas, triumphs, tips and tricks. We have voice talent from around the country that have all gathered here in the spirit of sharing. Some have been in the business for less then 2 years, many for over 20. But all are sharing. There are no egos.
I always find it interesting when an actor feels threatened by another performer. There really is no competition. I am the only actor that is Mercedes Rose. You are the only actor that is ____________ fill in your name here. We all come with our individual choices and life experiences and baggage. And if that part is yours, you will know it. It will even say so in the credits. There is enough work for us all.
If every actor would concentrate on their own careers and not worry about what Actor Allan or Actress Abby is doing, who knows what levels we could all reach.
Those show biz people that take the time to share resources and give freely of their time and talents... those are the people that make us all look good. Many will argue with me but my belief for all professional talent is this: "If you are right for the role, there is nothing you can do wrong. If you are wrong for the role, there is nothing you can do right."
So many reasons go into the selection process of any talent - actor, voiceover, model or hula dancer. And many of those reasons we have little or no control over. So, do all you can to help yourself. Help others. Believe in yourself. Believe in others.
And then just have fun.