Wednesday, November 21, 2007

On the road.... again?

I got a phone call this morning from another company I've worked with in the past, and they were interested in having me join their ongoing national tour, replacing an actor who is not working out with the rest of the company. It would fit into my schedule very nicely; I come home, have a day off or so, and then start rehearsing right away before I hit the road. The money with this company is fantastic, but I'm not sure if I want to stay on the road as a touring actor. It would give me the chance to work with friends again, but I'm not sure if that's what I want to be doing....

These are the hard choices in the life of an actor. It's always hard to turn down the offer of work, but sometimes the work you're offered isn't always the best thing for you to do. I wish some days that I had a nice steady job, fixed hours, a scale for raises, benefits, and the knowledge that I would have the same job in a year. As much fun as this "professional vagabond" life is, there are days I wish it could be something else. There is no other job I'd rather do, though, and that is what is going to keep me slugging away. But when I find that other job....

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

I like your idea about Chinese for Thanksgiving, ala the movie.
The scenery is gorgeous. Sounds like you are having a nice time.

Andrea said...

oooh, changed your display, did you? I like the maroon.

I guess for you this Thanksgiving you should be thankful that you're in demand...especially as a repeat performer. Let that bolster your ego as you hunt for something even better.

RMontesano said...

Be careful what you wish for "I wish some days that I had a nice steady job, fixed hours, a scale for raises, benefits, and the knowledge that I would have the same job in a year." Those of us that have all that are envying you too much. Just be thankful you have the job we want.

Nick M said...

Ralph and Andrea, I don't mean to sound like I'm not thankful for the current job I hold. Nor for for the fact that other theatres want me. But I've made the decision to make this blog an honest and detailed account of the life I've chosen. So calling those choices into question is something that I often wrestle with.

RMontesano said...

We are forced to love you nonetheless.

RMontesano said...

NOT forced! Compelled!

jeff p said...

You could always come back to Pella full-time - you saw how happy I am there...

Amanda said...

the life of a non-equity actor:

it's ok to be thankful. but it's also ok to want to do something other than touring... i have a lot of friends in similar situations right now and i'm kind of struggling with it myself too at times... speaking of, i have a callback on monday for a touring company that doesn't have a great reputation, so i can't decide if i am even exicted about the callback, but i'll just go in and do my thing and see what happens... i guess that's all we can do right?

Nick M said...

Did you check them out on non-equity deputy, Amanda? I post links for reasons!

Amanda said...

yeah... that's part of the reason i know that they are a crappy company - but i felt like i had to audition for them - an old college director works with them, so i knew it was a good connection... but i have heard stuff about them... so not that i dont want to get cast, but if i do i'm not sure if i should even take it... life sucks sometimes....

and yes, non-equity deputy is amazing... i meant to thank you about that. i'm addicted.

Anonymous said...

Non-Equity Deptuy is a Rag. The Bigest Problem is Any One can say any thing and there is No way to know if the Person writing is telling the Truth. I've seen about 10 or 12 Theatres were Some say it a bad place to work and others that say it an "OK" Theatre. You cna tell who is the Trouble makers by the way they call names and sound like little Chrildren. any way would not put much stock in it.