I have entered a field where the odds are stacked incredibly high against achieving success. Especially at this stage in my life. Just ask any number of so called friends, former boyfriends and “‘supportive” colleagues that give great face when I talk about my ambitions but snicker behind my back at the first opportunity. But they determine success in my field, acting, as achieving that $15 million per picture paycheck. That’s like telling every computer or IT major that unless they achieve Bill Gates’ status they are a failure at their chosen profession. Or every finance major they must achieve Warren Buffet’s wealth in order to be successful. Sure it would be great, but why must we insist that actors are failure’s unless they are an Oscar nominee, in the tabloid’s on a weekly basis or pulling down 7 figures for each project? Acting is a craft and a skill to be mastered like a plumber masters the art of pipefitting. That’s why it’s in a trade union. Plenty of people earn an honorable living each and every day working at their craft that they happen to love. They aren’t stinkin rich but they are able to meet their obligations, provide for their families and enjoy a nice standard of living. Perhaps it’s because we do it out of love that people put such ridiculous expectations on an actor to succeed.
It’s important to define for yourself what success means to you. It’s great to dream dreams that may seem out of our reach because you never know. But in the end, only you can decide if you are successful at what you are trying to accomplish. No one else can do it for you.