Waiting For The Call is Jason Broderick’s brand new performers lifestyle blog, launched late last year to create and share the most useful, actionable, inspirational, and motivational content for performers in the UK. Extracts and quotes from Jason are included below.
Jason says: “As a drama school graduate I was disappointed at the level of practical business training I received to allow me to actually function as an actor. Sure, I got some of the best acting training in the world but all that prepares you for is how to act not how to be an Actor. As I continued working for the next few years, not just on stage or screen but in promo jobs, front of house work, I was surrounded with fellow ‘Resting’ actors and performers and not only did I realise that my feeling was shared throughout the graduate world but more importantly that resting actors make up 90%+ of the real world of show business. They need some help to help themselves. I was forever sharing advice, tips, guides and systems for making their lives and businesses simpler and more effective to friends and other people I met and so I quickly realised there was a real need for somebody to take the business acumen that freelancers in other industries have been using for years and apply that to the world of performing.”
This is an extract from the post “30 Life Altering Lessons From 50 Hours Of Inside The Actors Studio” by Jason Broderick which features on his blog Waiting For The Call.
“Waiting For The Call is not just for the out of work Actor. I work hard to create and curate content that is useful and applicable across the whole spectrum of the performing world, for example, my Free Performers Guide To Expenses has helped out-of-work and high-earning performers alike save themselves 100’s of pounds this January alone.”
“This post was born out of a desire to create an inspirational resource that performers could benefit from for years to come. Any one of these lessons has the power to dramatically alter your outlook on your career and life. Whilst it’s true that reading about something inspiring isn’t enough to change anything, I hope that, through reading this post and returning often, performers minds will be opened to the possibilities before them and then inspired to take action towards reaching the life that they choose for themselves.”
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Are you doing what you want with your life or just what your parents want?
Is the weight of the world weighing down on you and you need to break free?
Do you need a kick up the backside to take your life in your hands and make this your best year ever?
In the last couple of weeks I have watched around 50 hours of interviews from Bravo’s “Inside The Actors Studio” and distilled them down into the very essence of what makes the world’s biggest stars tick. What gets them out of bed in the morning and what keeps them going when times get tough?
Here are a few of the 30 Life Altering Lessons I have learned from watching 50 Hours of Inside The Actors Studio.
Reach Out, And Take It
The life you want isn’t going to be handed to you, you have to reach out and take it. You cannot be a victim in this life, says John Travolta, you have to be the master of your own destiny, the captain of your own ship. If you want to get somewhere then you have to take yourself there, nobody is going to do it for you.
“Don’t assume that magic will happen, unless you create it.” – John Travolta
Kevin Spacey echoes this lesson. That it’s not good enough to be ambitious and have an idea of where you want to get to. To want to be successful isn’t good enough, that’s just desire. You have to know why and how you are going to reach it and dedicate every breath in your body to achieving it.
Everybody’s Got Their Bag Of Hammers
You don’t know how good you’ve really got it until you see what someone else is carrying. Everybody’s got their problems, their bag of hammers. Michael J Fox, who has severe Parkinson’s disease, tells a great anecdote where god sits everyone in a circle and gets them to put their problem inside the circle. After a minute everybody is given the chance to pull out any problem they want but everybody takes their own problem back. The lesson here is that there will always be somebody in a better position than you, but there will also be somebody far worse off. Count your blessings and be grateful every day. Gratitude is the antidote to pessimism.
Risk Being Unpopular
To do anything meaningful you have to tread close to the cliff edge, you have to cut close to the bone. You have to be willing to go places that nobody has ever even conceived. A lot of people won’t like you for that. Some will even hate you, ridicule you, laugh at you and pity you. It makes everybody else look foolish, to be striving for better instead of doing things the way ‘they have always been done’. To innovate in an area that hasn’t seen change in years because it makes everyone else look unimaginative, like sheep. You have to risk being unpopular to do anything worthwhile, anything close to your heart and the hearts of others.
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Jason Broderick is an actor and author of the performers blog Waiting For The Call. He writes about the business of show business and helps performers discover what they should have learned while training.
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Monday 2nd March 2015