I've been all over hither and yon of late, casting for a bunch of commercials I am shooting. These spots will have fairly large casts--about 15 principals in each of the three spots, so we've seen, over the last couple of days literally hundreds and hundreds of actors.
If you're an actor, I imagine, casting is no picnic. You have about four seconds to make an impression. You stand on a strip of masking tape, you're asked your name, and you have to stand out. You have to get noticed. Be interesting. Intriguing. Funny. Or shocking.
In short, you have to do something.
Of course, this is precisely what we have to do with our work and in our jobs. There are a thousand other people competing for like assignments, or for the attention of viewers. To get noticed, it's simple, you have to do something.
There are a lot of people in our business who don't do. They are waiting for the perfect brief. They are waiting for ideal conditions. They are waiting for the planets to align.
You have to do something.