In his 2008 book Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell argues that "ten thousand hours is the magic number of greatness." One must put in that many hours of practice to become an expert in any given field.
I am a professional actress, working predominately in musical theatre. I've been in the business since 2002, after graduating from a major conservatory in 1998. I've worked three national tours, one regional tour, and numerous stock and regional theatre gigs. Does that amount to 10,000 hours of paid stage time? Probably. But what I've mostly been doing since 2002 is auditioning.
Auditioning is the hallmark of a professional acting career. Regardless of whether an actor is bartending or starring in a Broadway show, we are all auditioning. There are 8,760 hours in a year, and I easily spend 2,000 of those hours in pursuit of that ephemeral next gig: auditioning, prepping for an audition, taking classes to audition better, and of course, recovering from rejection after an audition.
I've spent 30,000 hours of my life pounding the pavement.
Am I a professional actor? Sometimes. Am I a professional auditionee? All the time.
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But above all, keep on auditioning. The next great job is just around the corner...
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