Actress Sarah duRivage-Jacobs shares her #1 secret to career success:
Do you ever fantasize about lying in your California king bed, reading through scripts hand-delivered by the greats? Yeah, me too. It’s a nice fantasy, but slow down, tiger! While that’s all well and good when you’re Jennifer Lawrence, the rest of us need to get over ourselves. I know a lot of actors who – despite being very early on in their careers – are very picky about the auditions they go on, or the type of work they do. If you find yourself zipping through listings and not submitting yourself because you think it’s silly or beneath you, you need to take a step back and reevaluate. If performing is what you love, do all you can to keep doing it!
Getting the job – however unsophisticated as it may seem – can only really move you forward: SAY YES! Saying yes to that one small thing may bring the next three things, which may then in turn bring a medium sized thing! Usually, when you hear of an “overnight success,” you’re not hearing about all the hard work that went into them getting that big break. Audition for anything that you think you can do. The worst thing that could happen is that you don’t get the role. But you know the silver lining? You were just doing your thing in front of people. And while you may not have been right for that role, they could very well call you in another time.
Recently, I happened to have time to stop by an open call for a short film. While I didn’t get that particular role, they commended my work and said they’d contact me directly for projects in the near future. Obviously, I have no idea what that will bring, but now I’m on people’s radars. And that’s how you build your resume. You never know what may come of an audition, or what kind of great footage you may get from a seemingly silly student film. That scruffy third year film student may be the next Scorsese, so you best get on his good side! If you have the time to do it, why the heck not? As many of my acting teachers have told me over the years, when you’re auditioning you’re auditioning for your career, not for the role. So, remember these nuggets of wisdom and get yourself out there!
By: Sarah du-Rivage Jacobs
Sarah is a New York based actress who hails from a small hippie town right outside of DC. She received her undergraduate training at Towson University and continued her training at T. Schreiber Studio in New York City. She also studied improv at the People’s Improv Theatre. Favorite roles include Marcy in “Dog Sees God,” April in “Hot L Baltimore,” and Sunny in “Attempted Harmonies,” which is currently vying for the top spot at the Manhattan Repertory Theatre’s Winter One Act Festival.