A couple weeks back, I was doing drop-offs of my reel at several target casting offices. (A drop-off = dropping off material at a casting office personally, instead of mailing it. I decided to do this for a chance to practice dealing with nerves - even though I wasn't going to meet any casting directors or audition this particular day, I still felt nervous because I was headed to offices I'm really excited about. Also, it gave me a chance to learn more about different casting office set-ups, where they're located, etc.) So anyway, there I am, dropping off my reel at the mail room of the studio where Linda Lowy and John Brace cast. I am instructed to place it in a box which currently holds at least twenty other actors' headshots, reels, etc. As I walk back to my car, my brain starts mumbling: "This is so stupid. They get a bazillion submissions. No one in the office is going to watch your reel. Even if they do watch your reel, they really won't care. They meet a bazillion actors. You're wasting your time."
Suddenly, an epiphany hit me: "I'm not wasting time. I'm creating an opportunity."
I'm creating an opportunity.
It reminded me of a poster of Michael Jordan on the wall of my 5th grade classroom. The caption read, "You miss 100% of the shots you don't take."
Suddenly, I felt empowered and proud. Sure: maybe they wouldn't watch my reel. But I can guarantee that if I hadn't dropped my reel off, they definitely wouldn't watch it.
I created an opportunity. And I'm going to keep creating opportunities. And someday, they'll pay off in a big way.
What about you? What opportunities have you been creating lately? I'd love to hear about them. Share them in the comments below.