I don’t know about you guys, but patience is something I’ve struggled with for most of my life. Whether it’s regarding my career, relationships, or personal goals and life events, it can be agonizing to sit around and wait.
Learning to Love the Wait in Your Career
In this week’s episode of the “It’s a Slate of Mind” podcast, we tackle the concept of patience and it’s role in the entertainment industry. In a subjective industry where actors can often have very little control, it can feel like you have to wait for every step! From waiting to get an agent, being patient while you wait for your breakout role to appear, to wondering if you should keep going, if it’s even worth it anymore…this topic packs a lot of emotional punch.
Can you guys relate? It can be really hard to feel like you’re doing the work, attending classes, being vulnerable, networking, creating your own projects- doing all of that and still not seeing the tangible results in your career. And it doesn’t help that the mentors and folks ahead of us have nothing to say besides, “patience, young grasshopper.” Right?! As hard as it is to admit, they’re right! Figuring out a way to let it go, focus on other things, and maintain that high level of work ethic and quality is the best answer folks have come up with to combat impatience in your acting career.
One of the things nearly everyone agrees on? Having passions and meaning outside of your acting career. Whether you have a side hustle to work on, a slew of hobbies that get you excited, or you make time to travel and enjoy nature, finding meaning outside of the entertainment industry is critical to longevity. Not only does this provide a distraction from the waiting, but it actually can make you better at your craft. In order to bring these stories to life, we have to actually live ourselves. Be always growing, learning, and evolving so we are interesting and educated.
This Week’s Guest: Austin Freeman
My guest this week on the podcast, Austin Freeman (The Mule, The Passage) shares his experiences and the struggles he’s faced and overcome regarding patience as an Atlanta-based actor. Learning to love the often long and winding process of being an actor (or any artist, really!), is so crucial to success – and maintaining your sanity throughout it all. You’ll hear about how Austin and I prep going into an audition/callback, and why you should adopt the “fuck em” mentality. We also share a dual fangirl moment over Jason Momoa, and talk about why we believe so whole heartedly in the Atlanta entertainment community.
I think you’ll really get a lot from this episode! As always – let me know what you think, are you part of team F#@k Em? How do you work on being more patient in your acting career?