Do Actors Ever Take Breaks?
I was there half on vacation and half for a family event. And even though I fully intended to enjoy all the city has to offer, and take a small break from New York and work, I found myself thinking about popping into a few auditions.
I’m curious what it’s like to audition in other markets. But is it just curiosity or the fact that I don’t know how to stop working?
Are we, actors, drawn to these thoughts because we can’t turn our performer-brains off? Is it that we don’t adhere to normal schedules, what with weekend and evening performances after a full day of rehearsing being the norm? Or is it really just curiosity?
Perhaps, still, it’s a notion that we might have an easier time booking work somewhere else. Are we all just small fish in the giant lake that is New York? Maybe Chicago or Florida would turn out to be that proverbial small pond...
For me, I think it’s a mix of all three. I definitely have a real curiosity about auditioning and working in other markets. At this point I only know the lay of the land for New York, but there are other large markets out there with their own formats. Would it be useful for me to understand how their auditions work too?
And of course it’s hard not to wonder if I might find more work somewhere else. But I think overall, it’s very difficult to turn my brain off. I’m constantly thinking about what else I can do to advance my career, meet that composer, what song to add to my book. I think it’s just the nature of being an artist and, essentially, a business owner.
What do you think fellow actors? Do you ever feel that urge to work when you are supposed to be on vacation? Even wonder what it would be like to work and audition in another theater market? What is that driving force that keeps you constantly thinking about your career?