When I lived in New York City, I was surrounded at work by aspiring actors, dancers, artists, and models. So many flocked to the city in pursuit of fame and fortune. But overtime, what I realized was that most of them weren’t aspiring to be anything other than a New York City waiter/waitress.
Unless you came from a well-off family, you’re ascension to fame and fortune first began with clearing tables at Applebee’s. If you were a more refined server, then it was Isabella’s on the upper west side where serving Bono his buttered bagel was a daily routine.
Working along side many of these peeps, I would ask myself, “How does one make it in the game?!”
Overtime, the answer to that question became very clear.
In fact, it was simple.
Although I had heard every excuse in the book for why they didn’t get the part and/or had no work, the truth was, the people who put in the most amount of effort—the ones hustling everyday—they were the ones getting all the gigs.
I always wondered how my actor buddy was going to get up in the morning and pound the pavement looking for his first big role when the night before he was out drinking with me.
He never did.
Instead he moved back home. Along with many others who, like clockwork, always joined the rest of the gang for a drink (or ten) after their shift.
But I’m not ragging on these people. It’s tough out there.
In the world.
Trying to make your name shine brighter than the rest.
In the song, Empire State of Mind by Jay-Z, he said,
“City it’s a pity. Half of ya’ll won’t make it.”
He was being nice. It’s more like 95 percent.
The world is big and bad and merciless, and if you wanna make it in any endeavor worth talking about, you’re gonna have to do two things:
1) Toughen the fuck up. And 2) work your fucking ass off.
Nature ain’t nice, and if you want to survive in the jungle, you gotta act like a lion.
You gotta be able to work two jobs every day all week and then wake up on monday ready to do it again, with or without motivation or inspiration, for as long as it takes until you fucking make it.
And then work a shit ton more.
But the good news is, if you’re doing it right, you’ll be doing work you love. And if you’re doing work you love, then you ain’t workin.
So—whether actress or dancer or model or whatever it is that you aspire to be—if you wanna make it big, if you want your name to shine bright as fuck…
…DO YOUR F#*&$ING WORK!!