October 15, 2014 | by Jack Sitch
Yesterday I wrote about making the right choice when facing a tough decision about an opportunity that could move you farther along in the pursuit of your dream. If you didn’t read yesterday’s post it was about working on an ultra-low budget SAG film project being shot on the Pine Ridge. Being an ultra-low budget project meant that the cast and crew were limited on the monies they could earn working on the project – earning one hundred dollars per day on what could be essentially 12-hour days. Keeping my focus on this idea I thought it would make sense today to go more in-depth for those aspiring to be a screen actor.
While on location I had the chance to get to know the lead actor ’Chris’ who has been with the Screen Actors Guild for fourteen years and this was his first opportunity to play the lead on a SAG film. ‘Chris’ is from Los Angeles and is spending the better part of at least two weeks on the reservation, sleeping in an older, small motor home, all while working on an ultra-low budget project. There are no craft services, a large crew, make-up and wardrobe – in some ways it can almost seem like a student film project. Now while this description probably doesn’t do great justice to what ‘Chris’ is encountering while working on the project it does give you a rough idea of what he has chosen to do in pursuit of his dream as a screen actor. Please remember, he has chosen to do this for the minimal wage of one hundred dollars per day.
Standing back and considering what you have just read – what would you chose to do given this type of opportunity? Would you leave your family and friends to travel far from home to some semi-inhospitable location, earning very low wages for an opportunity to further your dream pursuit? Or would you hesitate, wondering if this is the best step for you? For ‘Chris’ it’s his first chance to play lead on a SAG film. It made perfect sense for him. How about you?
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