Day Jobs for Actors

by | Jun 19, 2018

How fun would it be to tyrannically introduce children to the joys of giving your entire life over to theatre?

The phrase “Don’t quit your day job” isn’t exactly a nice or positive one. Additionally, though, it has some implications that are just fundamentally untrue. One of which is that if you have a day job, you’re not a good actor. False! Anyone who has found real and lasting success in the industry can tell you that doing so takes time, and while you’re waiting for your shot at fame and glory, you still have to eat.

In fact, balancing your creative pursuits with the need for a dependable income is one of the most challenging parts of being an artist. So how do you find a day job that gives you the flexibility to pursue acting, without totally sucking your soul? Yet again, CallBoard comes to the rescue with a list of some ideas.

1 – Help People To Be Healthy

Let’s face it, in this industry, our bodies are the instruments we use. Just like a violinist uses her instrument to play a variety of notes in a concerto, so an actress uses her voice and movement to convey truths about humanity.

As such, it follows that we maybe we should probably take care of ourselves (just a hunch). That’s not to say that you have to possess washboard abs and quads that would make Arnold Schwarzenegger jealous. All we’re saying is that being in good shape might not be the worst idea. Plus it’s good for your general health.

Sooo working as a personal trainer, or as some kind of fitness instructor could be a really great way to rake in some extra cash! Got dance experience? Apply to teach a class. Love yoga? Get up out of corpse pose and become certified as an instructor.

2 – Teach

Local community theatres, as well as some professional ones, offer acting classes and summer camps for the younger sector of the population. How fun would it be to tyrannically introduce children to the joys of giving your entire life over to theatre?

Ok, hopefully, you’d do it a little more kindly and gently than that, but you get the idea. It’s inspiring to work with people who are tasting the joy of acting for the first time and helping others learn concepts has a way of solidifying those concepts within yourself. Plus kids will think it’s really cool that you’re pursuing acting. Who doesn’t like to feel cool?

 

3 – Find Something Flexible

One of the key factors of looking for a day job is finding something that will actually still let you pursue acting. As such, flexibility is a huge deal. For instance, one job that you may not have heard of is that of being a sober escort. This is a position in which you help those working to overcome addictions by accompanying them on business trips or outings.

This is just one example of a job that is flexible and fulfilling/meaningful. Working from home is another great option. Find a job area that interests you and then look for ways that you can contribute in it while still making time for acting.

4 – Use Your Talents

Presenting and public speaking are valuable business skills that have a direct correlation to acting. Working as a recruiting coordinator for companies or colleges would utilize these things that you’re already experienced at. As would performing in other settings, such as working as a storyteller at a local library or as an announcer on the radio.

There are many jobs that require creative skills that actors would be qualified for and good at. The trick is searching and finding out about them. Which we know you can do!

Find a job area that interests you and then look for ways that you can contribute in it while still making time for acting.

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This list is far from all inclusive. What other day jobs have you found to work for you? Any other suggestions or ideas you have? Please comment below!

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