I'm a wee bit scatterbrained today. I've just finished a four hour round trip to be at a 10-minute audition in Montreal, and I still got wrestling practice on my plate today. It's a big day. To keep myself from rambling, I'm organizing my thoughts into three big sections. I can't promise it'll make much more sense.
Four hours isn't the biggest round trip I've ever done, and 10 minutes isn't the shortest audition I've ever had. I've gone to Toronto for less, and that's one hell of a round trip. To be completely transparent, same day round trips to Toronto are pretty rare. I've only done it once, and it was by train. It was the only time I took the train. Usually, I drive everywhere (because the train is hella expensive). In my mind, a four hour round trip for a meeting without guarantees doesn't seem too crazy. For plenty, it's probably a huge waste of time or maybe just not good value for your mileage. I need to admit that there's a part of me that thinks this way too. It's not necessarily that I think of how much money that lost time is worth; I'm nowhere near at a stage in my career where I can think that way. Rather, I'm thinking that if the audition doesn't pan out (because they haven't so far), there are better things I could have done with my time. I could have been writing my 2000 words a day, writing a script or practicing some obscure acting technique. It's frustrating to think about the time lost, and it makes me wish I had the money to use public transportation to get to where I need to be. The train isn't that bad, and it means I get to work.
Now let me tell you why that's bullshit.Read More