By: Brian Gilleece
It's a wild business with lot's of amazing sometimes life changing up's but with a lot of down's so let's take a moment and remember what we can be thankful for here in tinsletown.
As an actor, I can be thankful for...
1. OTHER ACTORS
I’m thankful for other actors. I see them as collaborators and fellow storytellers. I’m thankful to have other people to play with and understand what I go through.
2. THE CREW
I’m thankful for the crew (whether I’m on set or on stage,) for putting their energy and talents into making this production the best it can be.
3. THE CREATIVES
I’m thankful for the directors, the casting directors, the producers, the choreographers, the assistants, and every other person who has a hand in the production. I acknowledge the incredible time, talent and money it takes to put on any kind of creative endeavor. I know that a lot of their work I never see and in this moment I am thankful for their efforts and collaboration.
4. THE AUDIENCE
I’m thankful for the audience—the people who come to see my film or show. They are the other half of the conversation that my production is a part of. I’m thankful for the time, thought, energy and money they gave to see my work.
5. THE REPRESENTATION
I’m thankful for the people who represent me. They are my business partners and I appreciate their work on my behalf, whether I’m aware of it happening or not. I’m thankful that these people want to work with me and see the limitless potential I have and are willing to invest their time in helping me achieve it.
6. THE EXPERIENCE
I’m thankful for the experience of being an actor. Of every moment, difficult or easy. Every moment is a teacher and I’ve learned a lot. I look forward to auditions, rehearsals, blocking, memorizing lines, working with other actors, and to enjoy the process.
6. THE PAYCHECK
I’m thankful when I’m paid for my work as an actor. It fills me with joy to know my abilities are recognized in this way. I love the feeling, and it is okay to feel happy for this.
7. THE FREEDOM
I’m thankful for the freedom that being an actor affords me. Freedom of expression. Freedom to choose what I want to pursue. I’m grateful when the moments in acting when I’m completely free to behave truthfully under the given imaginary circumstances.
8. THE RELATIONSHIPS
I’m thankful for all the wonderful people I’ve met along the way. Beyond my career, I’ve forged friendships and learned about myself in so many ways. I’m grateful for the opportunity to meet new people with every project and combine our unique energies towards a greater good.
9. THE EXPRESSION
I’m thankful for the opportunity to express myself. I’m grateful that through acting I can express the parts of me that I cannot access in normal life. I’m happy to fully live in each moment to tell the story.
10. THE PROCESS
I’m thankful for the process of being an actor. I love preparing for my auditions and my roles. I know that life is in constant motion. I know that there is no destination, there is only the journey.
12. THE CHALLENGE
I’m thankful for the challenge: both of making a career for myself, and of the work itself. I rise to the challenge daily and am better for it. I’m grateful for the challenge because, as Henry Ford says, “When everything seem to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.”
13. THE DISCOVERY
I’m thankful for the moment to moment discovery of life as it unfolds in my life as an actor. I discover both who I am as a person and who my character is. I also am grateful for the moment I discovered the joy of acting and how that moment has rippled through my life, like a pebble dropping in a pond.
14.) To Dream I'm thankful to be able to dream. Most people loose this somewhere along the way in their life, no matter how important it may be.
HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEK & AMAZING THANKSGIVING!
Safe Travels & gobble gobble gobble!!!