Ironically I haven’t blogged in 3 weeks mainly due to subject in this post. Yes it is the dreaded day job post. The subject that make actors look down and fiddle and wonder why they’re not part of the 5% who making a living out of acting or the other 7% who’s parent’s fund their rest periods therefore they don’t need a day job (lucky sods).
It’s always shocking when you find out just how many actors and actresses who I would deem as succesful (regularly on TV, tweeting about projects, wearing nice clean clothes all the time, at premieres for this and that) are actually slogging away full-time in a lot of cases in various different day jobs.
The question is how do we artists find day jobs that supplement your income without wanting to throw yourself off a building? Well I’d like to start this post on a positive, for most of us our crap day jobs are temporary. We will all (hopefully) manage to make a living out of doing what we love. So that always helps.
I have had a few day jobs, I’ve also been fired from loads of day jobs.
I’m not good with authority and stuff so mainly I’ve freelanced at several places which has worked out well for me. My main trades since leaving drama school being Workshop Facilitation and Acting but I’ve also supplemented my income by working in Fashion and Beauty Retail, Call Centres and Arts Administration. Currently I’m working in education because luckily I have a CRB and a PG Cert so I am able to make a small living doing bits of that. My new attitude is that I’m far too over qualified to be broke and you should think that too. Actors have a bag of transferable skills that many companies need so there’s no real reason why you should struggle, make the most of your resources and go for it.
There is no correct day job, I have friends who do front of house and box office, friends who work in bars and restaurants, office temps, teaching assistants, supply teaching, magicians assistant, modelling, promotions (well paid but about as regular as acting). Personally I like working in creative environments although I’m greatly enjoying working with children at the moment but my advice is make the most of it, it’s only temporary till the next big job comes up.
Here’s a fun list of our favourite actors and actresses and some of the jobs that they did before they hit the big time!
- Johnny Depp spent some time doing Telemarketing.
- Warren Beatty worked in Pest Control.
- Life imitated Art for Channing Tatum who indeed was a stripper before hitting the big time.
- Whoopi has several before hitting the big time but the weirdest one by far is Morgue Make-up artist.
So there you have it, even the brightest stars have had to struggle to make it so keep on hustling people! That Oscar soon come