We were chatting with an actor we know about how her holiday went. Her family has had a rough go of it the last few years- more illness and loss than a person should bear- and we know the holidays can be hard. But how she responded revealed her intelligence and strength. She said that she has had to redefine what the holidays mean for her and her family. She’s been forced to get rid of all the expectations, all the images of perfect families eating perfect turkeys while a perfectly gentle snow falls outside their perfect house. And once she accepted her reality, let go of the fantasy, and decided to make the holidays a time that worked for her family, everything changed. She decided to make it about service, as a family. So, she spent three days in a row volunteering with her daughter at a local women’s shelter. It filled her heart and made them closer.
That ability to disrupt expectations like she did is an amazing skill. It’s the difference between a follower and a leader and it’s a skill that all actors should acquire.
Think of Pilot Season, for instance. Whether or not you’ll be auditioning a lot this pilot season, it is a time of expectation, when “dreams come true.” And because of that expectation, it can bring ulcer-inducing anxiety and a reminder that your whole world is dependent upon someone or something else. So it’s three months of panic as you wait for Pilot Season to happen to you… or not. You wait to be validated or invalidated. You give up your power and hope for the best. And it leaves you feeling anxious, worthless, powerless.
But what if you redefined what Pilot Season was for you? What if you just decided that from now on every year between mid-January and the end of March you are going to create and follow through on an artistic goal? What if you just decided that mid-January to March will always be a time of unprecedented creating, of acting all the time, whether or not someone gives you permission to act. What if you were able to respond to the question, “How’s your Pilot Season going?” with a hearty, “Fucking Great!” anytime someone asked because you were deep in the work? And what if all of that made it so that when the industry did come calling you were in the kind of championship artistic shape that one gets in when one is creating that much? What if it meant that you were practicing the kind of leadership that makes you walk into an audition room with power?
It’s all possible. It’s all in your control. You can’t be a victim of Pilot Season. You have to make the choice to double-down on your craft, to be an artistic leader and make your own work or collaborate with other people who make theirs.
Waiting is for suckers. It’s time to take back Pilot Season.
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