Jonathan’s argument is eloquently put, and most importantly, he knows what works for him. Everyone has different systems for coping with rejection, and sometimes having a job gradually dissolve from your consciousness is relatively painless. But by the results of the poll, it would seem he may be in the minority.
“We think you should look in to pursuing a career as a puppet therapist”.
My response was a snigger, I had just spent the last 15 minutes telling my secondary school careers advisor how acting was everything I had ever wanted to do and she tells me that puppet therapy would be a more sensible career path. I knew that getting in to acting would be hard, I’ve always known that- I’ve always been prepared for that. I’ve always known who I was and who I wanted to be. I was the girl who got the top grades, the best parts; I work bloody hard- I deserve to do well! But now? After too many unsuccessful drama school auditions I’m beginning to doubt myself.
And it’s going pretty well.
You’ve worked with the director before and you share an anecdote that makes the producer and the casting director wet themselves.
And they laugh when you talk about the dog.
And the lines come easily, and the scene feels good.
And when the director asks you to be more front foot and faster, you are more front foot and faster. And the director nods at you and winks, like, that was what I wanted.
And they smile and nod when you get up to leave.
And the casting director squeezes your hand and whispers ‘Fantastic as ever’ as you leave.
So you go home buzzing a bit.
And you give up your seat to an older man on the tube and people smile at you. Nice guy.
So you ring your agent.
“Please, you have to do something!”