This is a cool blog. It’s about having no expectations, and being handsomely rewarded for it. Let’s be honest – when a union actor books anything, the payday can be wildly rewarding. My first national commercial took a few hours of my time to shoot, leaving ample room for me to rush back to UCLA for a final. It ended up paying out tens of thousands of dollars a year, for many years after. There are several actors who have become millionaires from being “that” brand person just from doing commercials!
That being said, there were times I booked a job completely unexpectedly. I would walk into an audition room full of “not-my-types” and check the ‘Asian/Pacific Islander’ box in the sign in sheet, being the only one checked off in that category for pages. As I sat waiting in the lounge next to ten blonde surfer girls, I’d wonder if someone made a mistake. Why am I here? Nonetheless, I’m a believer in “suiting up and showing up” so I give it my best anyways. Besides, my reputation in the casting rooms not only affect me – they affect the entire team of people I work with (agents, managers, bookers, etc.) so it’s the least I could do to perform at every given opportunity. And then I find out I booked the job. It’s happened enough times that I now welcome being the only _________ in my audition waiting lounge!