Coming up for air…
Hey everyone!!! It’s been a looooong time since I posted a new blog up here. In all honesty, I have literally just had my head down, taking each day stroke by stroke trying to fight to the next echelon of this artistry. I’ll pop up for air real quickly just to give you an update on where I am.
The most challenging aspect of living life at this level of being an actor is the fact that no two days are the same. Every single day, you’re looking at your calendar trying to figure out what rehearsal/show you have now, what show you might be able to get next, what show you might be lucky enough to have in the future, and then as the cherry and whip cream on top are your family, relationships, and friends. It is very difficult to live a life where you literally never know who will call you on what day to give you work at a point in time that you hadn’t even planned for… or even worse you get a phone call that you have work, but something happened and now that work you planned for (maybe quit your job to take, or sublet your apartment because it was out of town) has been rescinded. You live in a world where every decision you make that involves a date on a calendar is flexible whether you like it or not. I say it now as I’ve said it before – if you have a friend or family member who is trying to be an actor or entertainer as a profession, just give them a big hug and tell them you love them (or if you’re just a friend, that you’ve got their back) because this is the craziest job you can do with regard to testing your mental limits.
I’ve been in St. Paul, MN the last two weeks and have been so thankful for the friends and family I have out here who have come out to either see the show or just hang out. That community and those moments of fraternity are invaluable; I am so thankful to have so much support especially when I meet people in this profession who are on their own and to the contrary have everyone telling them that they should quit. (Some of them probably should, but in all honesty, that is only a decision that can come from within yourself. You telling me to quit is only going to make me fight harder against you – ya feel me?)
SO, my goal for this year has been to only work as an actor and to not have a day job. Thus far, I have succeeded. In addition, my goal is to slowly but sure start creating two fun videos per month and begin to build myself a production company. For now, I have The Wild Party script in front of me and am ready to jump in to this next show on Wednesday as I finish out Paint Your Wagon this weekend. The journey continues!!!
Love you all,
Kyle Robert Carter