Fund Your Career with the Actors Fund
A few months ago, I was on a spec commercial set, bemoaning my lack of work. No, not the acting kind (although, I frequently bemoan the lack of that, too). I was complaining about the absence of rent-paying jobs. That’s right, folks, the vital and often annoying Survival Job. The classic joke is that every waiter in New York and Los Angeles is actually a broke actor (a joke I find to be used in a rather crass way. Hey, buddy, that broke actor is serving you your dinner in order to support his/her artistic pursuit! Very noble, if you ask moi.) The good news about acquiring Survival Jobs to support the oft-expensive acting habit that we’re all addicted to: you get to work in various interesting job markets and develop all kinds of cool skill sets! (Not only do I know how to market annual subscriptions for a suburban theater company, I also know the technical terminology of candle-making, how to mark up and sell high-end men’s suits, and how to flyer three city blocks at a time with membership coupons for the local gym.) The bad news: you have to look for a Survival Job almost as much as you have to look for the ultimately important Acting Job.