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Tips on How to Survive the “Survival” Job

How do you balance your day job with your acting? Many of us have to hold down a “survival” job in order to make ends meet. A “survival” job is a position that provides you with income in order to live and pursue your passions. As a small business owner, I have had to work a separate job to make rent and help support my growing endeavor. Although it can be tough, I try to focus on the positives of how it teaches me time management!

While you may yearn to be in acting class while you are answering phones at work, it’s important to find balance. Set a schedule for yourself to make the most of your time outside of your day job. Make time to go on auditions and rehearse with your contemporaries. Don’t allow the stress of your day job to take away from you true interests. Trust me, it’s easier said than done.

To help retain balance I suggest keeping a journal. Write down your actions at your day job as well as what you are able to accomplish with your acting. By documenting what your day to day looks like you will be able to visually see if you are dedicating enough time to your acting. If you are not, you are able to make adjustments to give both your work and your talent enough attention.

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Mason O’Brien is ClaimFame’s professional Casting Coach. Mason has worked in casting for years and is also the owner and operator of Bluprint Coaching, a life coaching service based out of Los Angeles. Mason, “The Practical Coach”, works one-on-one with clients during periods of transition to design the next and best phase of their life!

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