So, today was a good day.
I went in for my first guest star today. Have we talked about guest stars vs. co-stars, etc.? Ah yes, we have.
That means the first obstacle is setting yourself apart from the 30,000 other actors of your same age range and type. Basically on your own, without help. The criteria for setting yourself apart? Landing legitimate projects at the guest star level. Only then will you really start to be visible to the movers and shakers in this town. For the last two years despite my marketable look and talent, I've been dismissed by agents and casting directors hundreds of times because I just don't have any guest star credits yet. Until today, I wasn't even able to read for one, so logically I haven't been able to land one.
Finally, I have an agent who ignored the raised noses of the bigger and badder agents at the office and signed me anyway. He's proving to be worth his weight in gold for getting me seen for this character today. Not only is it a guest star, it's a recurring guest star with a two or three episode arc. That's typically pretty hard for someone with my lack of credits to jump in on. It was also a little extra intimidating because it was my first multi-camera comedy audition. Multi-cam is the industry term for what you normally think of as sit-coms, and is one of the most challenging formats. It's fast, incredibly technical and very hard to do.
But it went well. Really well. I may not get it, my agent and I were worried I might be just a smidge too old, but the casting director was really happy with my read. I got a few laughs out of her and she said I had a wonderful feel for comedy... I can live with that. Even if I don't book it, I feel confident that she would bring me in again for another guest star. That's what I strive for every time. It is never ever ever about the one job.
So now we just wait... er... I mean move on to the next thing. These are the moments when it's so much easier to say it than do it. No matter how well I think I did, or how right I am for the part, I can't dwell on the hoping that I get it.
Doesn't matter. With or without this particular role, I'm scaling this mountain either way.