I’m a great one for the “what ifs”. This is a very dangerous thing for an actor to do. It starts off innocuously enough, “ooo, this is a good part for me, I’ll submit for it”. Or “wow a SAG commercial, cool!” Then you audition and it goes great, you make everyone laugh with your performance and leave everything in the room and with sounds of kudos and thanks still ringing in your ears as you leave the casting room, you are sure you nailed the audition and got the part. Which of course will lead to a national ad that will pay you residuals for at least the next 6 months meaning you don’t have to worry about where the mortgage is going to come from. And that national ad is going to lead to opportunities and invitations to acting mecca, Los Angeles, where you will be picked up at the airport in a chauffeured black SUV and taken through the main gates of a studio where you once again nail the audition and land a plum role in a series slated to run at least 5 years meaning syndication is a lock and your money worries are cast aside for at least 10 years. Oh and it’s directed by an Academy Award winning director who just happens to have the perfect role for you in his next soon-to-be-nominated film. And all of this came from a simple mailing of a headshot to a casting person in Minneapolis.
Focusing on the possibilities is a very important thing to do. It’s the Little League player seeing himself hit the winning Grand Slam in the 9th inning of the 7th game of the World Series. It’s the 5th grade Science enthusiast seeing herself viewing the earth from an orbiting Space Shuttle. It’s the middle aged runner/walker seeing herself completing a 10K 5K without having to walk all that much. Ok so maybe I’m talking about myself here. But putting oneself in the realm of possibilities creates the dreams that drive the actions. Allowing those dreams take over the reality can be a not-so-good thing. Staying focused on the next achievable goal gets you closer to achieving that dream without building a castle in the air that has no foundation to support it. And that type of castle is bound to collapse.