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Another Joe Job Bites the Dust

The ultimatum is that you show up for your shift or you are fired. You call around to see if anyone can cover for you. No one can. You call back your manager and say, “I am so sorry, but I can’t come into work tonight.” You go to your audition, and the next morning you are editing your resume and looking through the classifieds.

26I’m sure there are many of you that have experienced this scenario:

You have a shift scheduled at work. Your agent calls. There is a last minute audition for a very fitting role. A very big deal! You call your manager at work and say, “What do I do?” He is of very little help. The ultimatum is that you show up for your shift or you are fired. You call around to see if anyone can cover for you. No one can. You call back your manager and say, “I am so sorry, but I can’t come into work tonight.” You go to your audition, and the next morning you are editing your resume and looking through the classifieds.

This has happened to me several times and it happened again last night. The worst part about this scenario is that I do have a conscience, believe it or not. I do care that because I have no choice but to go to my audition, I also have no choice but to fuck over the place that employs me and the peers I work with. It’s a terrible sacrifice that our profession demands that we make. But we MUST make it.

When this ordeal was going on, while taking breaks from learning the monologue that I only had two hours to prepare for, I called family and friends to make sure that I was making the right choice. The answers were unanimous: Caleb, you MUST.

No one said being an artist is easy. It is probably one of the hardest professions to get into, and break into at that. It is not for the faint of heart and it often demands things that are difficult to give, but I would like to challenge any other self-proclaiming artist to say that they wouldn’t make the same choice. Risks are an important part of life, and if I’m not able to risk on myself, then why should I expect any one else to? I believe in who I am, in my talent, drive and passion, and I know that whether or not I book this audition, it was the right choice for me. In fact, there was no other choice, was there?

Hold on. My agent is calling… …

… I booked the gig.


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Caleb McMullen

Written by Caleb McMullen

Founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheatreisforSuckers.com

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