Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Getting Handy

Where has the time gone? It's already July and I haven't posted in a month! Shame on me! The past month has been filled with lots of work and very little time to work on my precious blog.

Ah well, I forgive myself. As a freelancer, it feels like I go through periods where I just work all the time and see no one or everything is completely quiet. The past month I've worked 7 different jobs and went through a period where I worked 17 days in a row. If you haven't seen me, that's why. I was probably a) sleeping or b) working.

It turns out summer is a very busy time to freelance in the arts/marketing world. Life is a balance and as many of my fellow artists know, it's vital to carve out time to work on your craft.

As many of you know, I'm an actor as well as a writer. And for of those of you who are completely unaware of how you get jobs in the acting industry, the answer is you usually audition (unless you're super famous and/or know the director).

Basically you go into a room, where people judge if you're the best fit for the role and sometimes you get the part and other times, you don't.

It's a funny part of the industry. Think of it like going for a job interview except it's a regular part of your life.

 During auditions you may or may not get asked to do something weird. I'll be honest, most of the time you will.

Cluck like a duck. Act like a prostitute. Pretend like you're running from a giant spider. To name a few. Well recently I got an audition. ALWAYS EXCITING.

Actually... more accurately, my hands did. That's right, not my whole body,  just my hands.

I've started auditioning more frequently this year but most of the time i've been required to use my whole body or at the very least, my face.  But my hands, they have never been the star of the show so they were naturally quite nervous.

Look, they are professionals. In terms of hands, they've been with me for my whole life so I'm quite happy that they can make it on their own. Sure, I'm a little jealous. I mean I've been doing the brunt of the work recently and yes, sure, they have been doing the typing and editing and well the holding of sides.


I guess I just didn't realize that they even wanted to start auditioning. I thought they were happy supporting me.'s fine. It's just awkward, you know. Whatever...

All I know is if my hands book a role before I do, I'll just feel really...weird. Like I'll be happy for them and's just like I hope they remember where they came from.

Hey, please don't tell my hands! I don't want them to know I'm jealous. Thanks for listening. I needed someone to vent to.

Laurel is a writer, Actress, Speaker, and filmmaker from Toronto, Ontario.
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