I started playing the clarinet in the 4th grade. I played until the end of high school. Although I had moved passed the excitement of performing in concerts and marching in parades, I continued with the clarinet until the end of high school. Playing the clarinet was one of the many things my parents wouldn’t let me quit. Today I’m thankful for it, back then…well, I’m not so sure. What I do remember is coming home from school everyday and practicing my clarinet. I’m sure all my parents can remember is hearing the blare of the notes and my attempt to string them together into an audible sound. Eventually, I progressed to the point that even without an entire band to back me up, you could make out Bon Jovi’s “Living on a Prayer.”
I practiced. Practice didn’t make perfect in the traditional sense of the word , I didn’t become a world renound performer, but it taught me to approach everything with care, no matter what the end result may be. Similar to acting for film and tv, the early days of playing the clarinet were void of tangible results. Playing single notes, chords and lacking any of the harmony that makes being in band fun, yet I still pushed forward-excited about the journey, the mini milestones that turned into many milestones.
Tangible results are hard to come by when it comes to many things in life. Studying acting for film and tv @ an age when instant gratification is a household name is no exception. You may not book right away, you may not book often, but as long as your’re putting in the work…success will come when you least expect it to.
—work on your craft everyday, no exceptions allowed. Without putting in the work, you life will be forever void of “positive” tangible results.
Recipe for becoming a successful actor:
1 cup of Imagination.
2 cups of Dedication.
3 cups of Hard Work.
4 cups of Courage to try-fail-and try again.