About two weeks ago, I sent out 30 submissions knowing full well that in this age I basically can't move up without having a referral from either an acting coach, manager, or friend, and let me tell you, they are really hard to come by. I have a bevy of actor friends who would gladly refer me to their agent, however, either they aren't happy there, or they haven't booked anything in a while, rendering their referral moot as they feel they have no clout.
Two weeks ago, I sent out 30 submissions. I got three replies. All of them, "our roster is full." Which, if I'm going to be thrown away, thank you for telling me, even though that really wasn't the reply I was seeking.
I'm kind of at a loss. How do I get where I want to go when I seem to have absolutely no means of getting there? I'm booking on my own quite regularly, so wouldn't that mean I would book frequently on the much bigger projects, like....co-stars on television shows? I can slap Barney on the face on How I Met Your Mother. I can accept Leonard's awkward advances on The Big Bang Theory. I can swallow a couple of pills on Nurse Jackie.
As wonderful as it is to have directors and acting coaches say, "you're very good," while sitting me down and being very serious about it, it still doesn't do me any good. I mean, yeah, it's a great feeling, but it's kind of like not being promoted from secretary because you're such a good secretary. Except it's not like that at all.
It's a pity party here, and forgive me. I'm just frustrated. When you're doing well in your chosen field but can't move up, unlike every other single career in the world, it's daunting. How do I get to the next level?
I'm taking suggestions.
In the meantime, I'm off to go pretend I'm a paraplegic psychic for a non-union show on Animal Planet. A project I submitted for and booked myself.