When I initially joined the Gainfully Unemployed, I had time to do almost everything I wanted…with fewer auditions and fewer bookings, I self-marketed more and worked more on my manuscripts and submissions. I kept up on TV/renting movies and fit in many social events. Errands were completed efficiently and before I ran out of supplies. I cleaned my condo every week or so because I like everything in its place, not dust or disarray.
But today I found my first dust bunny. Ever. A sizeable, lumpy thing lurking in my entryway. Because in the past month or so, either the Universe opened up to furnish opportunities or all the groundwork I’d been laying finally came to fruition all at once.
This week I’ve had 5 auditions (3 VO, 1 TV commercial and 1 on camera industrial) and a callback for a TV commercial. The VO auditions I recorded from home, but the others required travel to the city and some prep work to familiarize myself with the copy. I also had 3 VO sessions: one in the burbs, one at a friend’s studio, and one at a recording studio.
I have an article due May 1. The manuscript that finaled in the national writing contest needs a teeny bit of tweaking ASAP before I can submit to agents/editors, my non-fiction project just needs a little more revising to be complete. Add hours of chorus and play rehearsals, lines to learn, a few social events…let’s just say my TiVo is filling up fast.
Despite prioritizing and working at a fairly frenetic pace, there don’t seem to be enough hours in the day these days, even if I’m at my desk by 7 AM. Maybe I need to try Red Bull or those 5 hour energy drinks. Maybe I need to resign myself to the fact that sometimes something’s gotta give. Like frequent housecleaning. Though I toss in a load of laundry every now and again and squeezed in a quick trip to the grocery, the vaccuum forlornly awaits as I scurry past on my way to the next event. My cleaning supplies may dessicate from lack of use. Does Windex expire?
I did throw out the dust bunny. Hmm. Maybe they’re actually good things, because by accumulating all the dust and stuff into clumps, they save you the trouble of Swiffering. I’m glad to be so busy I don’t make time to sweep.
I’ll take amazing and fun acting, writing and social opportunities over a spotless household any day.