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  • Would appreciate some advice 08/13/2018  10:30am

    In sept it’ll be 2 years I’ve lived here. Only booked a couple small things, made it “real close” in many a final callback but never booked. I’m a very specific character type and worked very hard on my craft. Got lucky and grateful for a management team who took me on their roster and have helped mold me into everything “I should be doing” (headshots, reel, networking etc) and it’s starting to hit that whenever I step out of my “theatre world” I’m unhappy. I have some physical & mental health issues that I’m worried aren’t getting better, though I am being treated/seen, and I’m too scared to break a contract with my management (I have one more year). I don’t want to live a life of regrets, but every time I visit my small town where my parents are, I don’t want to leave. I’m 26 and just not feeling it. I’m sure someone has felt this way. Just wondering if it’s time to leave NYC or if I’m going to be shaking my head at this post in a year. Thanks fam & stay dry this rainy Monday!

    LittlebigCharacter

    You can always come back.

    Good acting requires drawing from a deep personal reservoir, and that can only deepen and strengthen with age.

    So if your body and mind are telling you you need a break, take one. You can always return a more insightful and stronger actor once everything around you is set in place. Take care of yourself first. Acting is second.

    meeshoo 08/13/2018  10:34am

    @meeshoo — thank you for your insightful words. Definitely trying to figure it out.

    LittlebigCharacter 08/13/2018  10:36am

    oh lovely. Take the break. NYC and Broadway aren't going anywhere. And its so cliche to say but no one will take care of you but you. Especially if you're a character type, take the break. Take care of yourself and your health. I took a 4 year break from auditioning in NYC. I was on broadway before i left, and got a Bway gig when I came back. After a few rough, not working years in NYC I needed the break. It did wonders. Take the break. Theater is just a JOB. Its awesome and fun and lovely but its a JOB. So many things are more important. Health. Family. Relationships. Don't ever feel guilty for having your priorities straight. If your management team is worth working with - they will understand.

    Hereigoagain 08/13/2018  12:03pm

    @Hereigoagain — thank you for this. It means a lot & thank you for sharing your experiences

    LittlebigCharacter 08/13/2018  12:57pm

    Also, if you're afraid to truly leave the city, give it a test run. Sublet your place if you can and take a month in your hometown - if you love it and don't want to come back, you might have your answer - if you're itching by the end of the month to get back to the city, then you'll come back refreshed and renewed. I know many who have left the city and come back better for the break :)

    emuhe 08/13/2018  1:09pm

    @emuhe — that’s a really good idea actually. Thanks for suggesting it!

    LittlebigCharacter 08/13/2018  1:17pm

    @emuhe — that’s a really good idea actually. Thanks for suggesting it!

    LittlebigCharacter 08/13/2018  1:18pm

    August is super dead. Go home and get some love.

    whattheheck 08/13/2018  8:20pm