For many years now in casual conversations with people, I have talked about my theory. I call it the line in the sand theory in regard to acting and the entertainment business in general.
You see there is this line in the sand. When you’re on one side of the line, you are a wannabe, a goofball, untalented, and a schmuck. When you are on the other side of the line, you are brilliant, funny, super talented and special.
The funny thing about this line in the sand is that the person was actually the same person on both sides of the line. It’s just there was some event that changed the perception of everyone around them.
Now don’t misunderstand me, I’m not saying that just anyone can cross that line. You do have to have it, whatever it might be. The it could be the fact the people like to see you on screen, whether on TV or in movies, it could be an ability to tell stories in an engaging way and lay them out on paper, it could also be the gut level feeling of what works and what doesn’t. Or in the best of worlds, it could be the mysterious “It” factor that some people either have or don’t have.
What I am saying is that people that do cross that line are the same person that they were before that perception changed. The same person at their core.
So, why does this matter? As I always say the creative arts are a tough business. If there is anything else in life you can do that will make you happy do it. However, if there is not, you need to keep looking for that one thing or series of things that will put you on the other side of the line. That will change the perception of everyone around you.
This year I will be attending the American Film Market. One of the largest “Trade Shows” of independent film producers, distributors, sales agents, and service providers for the independent film community put on each year by The Independent Film & Television Alliance.
This is my personal next step in looking for that event or series of events that will put me over that line. I am sure that many people there are in the same position although at different levels of that process.
When I get back, I will let you know how it went.