Middle8 photo credit: Baranduin Briggs
You all know I love me some number crunching/self reviewing, and this year is no exception. It’s been such a different year than the last, and for that, I am grateful. I made some big changes in my career and the benefits were fantastic.
1. I decided to stop my relentless pursuit of a theatrical agent and TV/Film roles as it was fruitless for years and brought me no joy and endless busy work
2. I left my acting class which I loved, but was plateauing in
3. I made myself open to different projects than I would normally do.
4. I auditioned for every stage musical that seemed remotely interesting
5. I created a sketch every 2 months- writing/directing/producing/editing.
6. I committed to writing a chapter a month on my novel I began at the end of 2017
7. Took a hiatus from my weekly writing on this blog so I could devote my writing energies to the aforementioned.
3. I auditioned and booked a cabaret performance where I sang a Fleetwood Mac and Sara Bareilles song with a live band. I don’t think I would’ve done that before.
4. I booked the most meaningful stage show I’ve done since The Last 5 Years, Middle8. We ran for 7 weeks and it was my everything for the end of 2018.
5. This forced me to collaborate with other people and become a well oiled machine at putting out work. I feel quite confident in my abilities to turn out a short comedic sketch in a small amount of time with minimal to no budget now.
6. I stopped writing 2/3 through the year, but am currently at 200 pages + 25,000 words.
Overall, I made less money than years prior and had less auditions, but I was infinitely more creatively fulfilled and happier than ever with my work and ability to create.
So what’s in store for this year? Some of the same from last year, but with a few new goals to spice things up and get me scared. I may or may not blog about them after I’ve sat with them for awhile. I plan to be open to whatever comes my way while creating the shit out of 2019.
So, without further ado, here are my stats for 2018. I send these to my agent, and I file them away so I can compare each year to the last. See what’s working, what’s not.
**If it’s any help to you, I’ve been working professionally as an actor in Los Angeles for 8 years now, and before that, 5 years in Dallas. This is what my path looks like.**
agent+self submissions: (this incl. theatre, film, TV, VO)
22% CB ratio, 15% booking ratio