-Snagged a part in a Chaplins Subaru commercial that I submitted for seven months ago. Too bad I moved to the other side of the country.
-Obligatory Game of Thrones picture
-Found out about Free Museum days. Oh man. If you’re in NY, I highly recommend this link.
-Got an audition notice for a short film called “Valedeathtorian”. I don’t know anything about it, but oh man, that title.
- Snagged a part as an extra in Columbia pictures film. Only problem is it films 5pm-6am on the night before my Esper interview. Had to turn it down, as being well rested for the interview is far more important to me than the cash I’d get. Still, money…
- Still making a ton of Arrested Development references. Found out the audition requirements for the Blue Man audition. Interesting stuff.
- Got cast in a 5 part series for some cable tv documentary about mobsters. Only thing is it doesn’t pay, and it means I’d have to move my schedule around. I’ve replied saying that depending on what part I’m cast as, I’d be interested, but that I can’t really dip out on previous obligations for something that doesn’t pay (even if it means TV credits). I’m terrified of getting known as flaky, I can’t think of a quicker way to burn bridges. We’ll see what they say.
But that brings me to an interesting crossroads – at what point does one stop going out for non-paying gigs? I was chatting with my buddy Mitch (my old roommate, the one who I’m buying the Les Paul from), and he’s a phenomenal musician. Check out some of his stuff here. Anyways, we were chatting about the whole “no -pay” thing. “It’ll be great exposure”, etc. I think in some cases, that’s true. But I’m wondering where the line gets drawn. I feel like there’s this idea that if it’s art, it’s fun, and therefore it’s its own reward, and why pay someone for having fun?
I don’t really know what else to say. This topic has been addressed a lot, so I’m not really introducing too much new to the table here. Artists spend money on gear, classes, basic cost of living, and create a product which people claim to love. But they don’t love it enough to provide the artist with a living wage. I think this holds true especially with music and acting – people see pop stars and hollywood actors making huge sums of money, and assume that that’s far more common than it actually is. I don’t know any actor who isn’t either living off of savings or doesn’t have a 2nd job. If people want a thriving arts scene, then artists need to be paid. That’s it.