Recently a friend commented on how lucky I was. His reasoning was I basically had three jobs that I enjoy thoroughly.
I don't know if I would agree with that. Well, that I am lucky, yes. I think i've been very blessed. It's the "three jobs" thing with which I take issue.
It's true that I have three different areas of interest, all of them really pretty much related, and they provide me with enough income to not live on the street. But I somehow wonder if I would be more successful were I to stick with one thing and do it at the expense of everything else. I'll also add that no matter how much fun any job is, it's still a job and if you do it right, there are bound to be times when it isn't as fun as it could be.
The past year or so I have taken time off from pretty much everything. A result of my mom being diagnosed with a terminal illness made me want to spend as much time with her and my family that I possibly could. And I am blessed because I was able to.
The comment from my friend rang in my mind because I was driving the other day and wondered if I should hang the casting portion of my life up. Basically retire. After all it has been a year plus some months since I last read a script. Not that I get a ton of offers, but I had made it known that I was taking some time off.
Of course the word retire makes it sound as if I would relax in the lap of luxury once I took that route. But the simple truth isI contemplated hanging the "Gone Fishin'...Permanently" sign on the business.
Then I got a call from an old friend and producer. He asked if I was still passing on projects. I kind of puased for a moment and didn't know what to say. It really had just been the day before that I contemplated (for what I guess ended up being just a few moments) what my future in film would be.
"No. I think I'm back," I answered him.
"Good, got a script on the way," he concluded and hung up.
I read the script and I enjoyed it. ANd then I remembered how much I really enjoy casting. Most of my work is with independent productions. And productions of smaller sizes allows me to read new and emerging talent for some of the roles. It's great to read talent who really have passion and dedication. And it's also great to read talent who aren't quite there yet, but you know they will be if they just stick with it long enough.
Of course there are those instances when talent may look the part, but that's about it.
I hope I get more scripts because I nearly forgot how much I love production. As for the other two "jobs"? Well, let's see what happens. Right now I'm feeling good, and if there are lulls between the busy times, then why not keep myself busy?
Oh, and it took a dear friend in college (and wonderful actress) to tell me that the Happy Face/Sad Face as I always called them actually had names. Thalia and Melpomene.