A friend of mine, many many years ago, auditioned for the first road company Chicago compliment (Equity contract required local hires, mostly or entirely those who are cut after the first number of the show) of "A Chorus Line."
She had just graduated from UICC (University of illinois Chicago) with degrees in dance and acting.
After three callbacks she would our that she would be the first replacement for, or only the second person to play the "lead" (if there is on in that enseble show) of Cassie.
It can happen on stage, or film.
But remember she was prepared.
Despite never having set food in New York or LA, she was good enough to land the lead.
Acting, singing, dance and confidence.
So set your sights high.
But study, go to school, and have the passion for the arts.
And encourage children, teens, and young adults to join with yu in your passion. You are not competing. You are sharing what you love.
I was a high school theater geek. I admit it. And I am very glad i was! I was not in it for the leads, for stardom, for getting on TV on film. i loved the escape into other characters, the ensemble of the world of the state, the community if formed. No where in film or television can you find or live the community of theater..
Advertising, teaching and/or going to school at night and on weekends, family, support for and from my wife, church and my passion for SAG, thousands of hours of passion and work for the Screen Actors Guild and its members, all drew me away from theater. I worked fifty to eighty hours a week, six to seven days a week, for well over two decades. I missed theater every day.
I am interested in launching a readers group in Boulder City, or working through others a program that can work around my Friday and Saturday or SAG conflicts.
I can see a group of actors and video profesionals working on films and perhaps producting their own audition tapes, reels,demos and shorts.
I have long wanted to do a living theater, a theater for children or way to pass on what I received at Oak Park-River Forest High School.
I am also looking for a venue to teach acting, coach individuals and offer my talents and services for a modest living, or part of one..
I believer in theater, in film, in talent, in the positive it brings into our lives, in the many roles it plays in society and in the wealth is passes on generation to generation.
If you would like to work with me, have a project I can join in, finances to invest in what I believe in and what we are tryng to do, then please contact me.