Some say life is about the journey, not the destination. What do you think?
Most authors don’t spend many, many hours hunched over keyboards researching, writing, editing and submitting manuscript(s) for only the joy of the process. Most actors don’t hope for, prepare and learn lines for, and run around to auditions and callbacks only for the fun of “getting to act/practice our craft on a Thursday afternoon,” as Michael Kostroff, whoteaches Audition Psych 101, says.
While I do enjoy the adventures along the way, I still want the satisfaction, validation, career and monetary benefits of getting where I’m going. At the same time, it’s important and valuable to step back from the hustle bustle of everyday life to enjoy and be in the moment, and not think constantly about where you’re supposed to be or what you’re supposed to do next.
When you’re an actress, author or feelancer, achieving goals often depends on others choosing you from among available options. I don’t get to decide that today’s the day I’ll get to go to a great audition or that I’ll book a job, big or small. Each opportunity to be at a major casting agency, each job is a reward in itself.
But can it be enough? I still want to book that national TV commercial. Or if I get a request from an editor, to sell that manuscript. The closer I get, the harder it is not to be frustrated and/or disappointed if I don’t.
That doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate each step along the way. Callbacks are wonderful because they show me, the talent agent and the casting director that the client thinks I’m in the ballpark. When I get a revision letter, I know the editor or agent is very interested. Author friends say, “You’re almost there!”
“Almost there” is good. It isn’t “there.” So I do more work to prepare for the callback. To make the revisions. I enjoy and learn from the process while I look forward to attaining my goals.