On Not Giving Up Hope

On Not Giving Up Hope

Just two months ago, I was feeling incredibly frustrated by my lack of film gigs.

Since July of last year, I have been following the steps the Friends in Film program laid out for me. I even found a couple gigs for September…or so I had thought before both ended up falling through. I was hearing a ton of success stories from other people in the program who were finding a bunch gigs much faster than I was, which was pretty discouraging.

I was also frustrated by my lack of acting auditions, despite how many I had been submitting for.

By the end of the year, I was feeling pretty hopeless and upset by my lack of success. I was angry that all my efforts were going nowhere. No matter how hard I tried, I could not even find one production to work on to gain the experience I needed to start getting paid gigs. More than once I had thought how much easier things would be if I didn’t have this dream. Nothing seemed to be working for me and I was ready to give up on the whole thing altogether.

But then, I found a gig for January. And then another for March. And another, and another. Before I knew it, most of my days off in March became booked with gigs.

My efforts to find acting roles are also starting to pay off: I was selected for two auditions this week. Two!

Early last year, I had read that things always seem to happen right around the time you are about to give up hope, so instead of giving up, you should push forward just a little longer. It seems that that is absolutely true. Imagine all the things I would have missed out on if I had given up the countless number of times I had wanted to. Instead, because I’m too stubborn to settle, I have the beginnings of the career I have been dreaming of.




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