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Survival Jobs For Actors
Balancing the demands of starting your acting career with earning enough money to sustain your living can be one of the biggest challenges that an actor faces. It’s a good idea to put in the time to plan out a budget, or a timetable that allows you to work a job and still be able to audition or go out and see casting directors. It is a bad idea to burn through your savings or live off of credit cards until you land that ‘big’ role.
Part of your life as an actor is having a really strong ability to multi-task and your employment is just one of the arenas that this skill will be put to the test. Here are some survival jobs for actors that you could work to make money whilst your acting career is just taking off.
Working as a waiter is one of the cliché part time jobs for an actor but it’s a cliché for a reason; working as a waiter will allow you to have a flexible schedule and will also provide you with the opportunity to trade shifts with other co-workers.
This is another fairly common part time job for actors due to the fact that you can earn a full-time income (via tips as well as your hourly wage) but only work part time hours.
This job will require you to work during office hours which may not be the most conducive to your audition schedule, but you will make a really good hourly rate and the work assignments can very from one day to a couple of months. Your weekends and evenings will be free as well which may turn out to work well if you have rehearsals and performances during this time.
More Survival Jobs For Actors
You pick your own hours and you still could be in contact with creative material like film scripts, or TV scripts as well as screenplays or novels.
This job is similar to the script reader job in that you are paid to proof read all kinds of documents for errors. You make your own hours and can make as much money as you need, some full-time freelance proofreaders can make six figure sums.
Not the most glamorous job but it can give you flexible hours and generously contribute towards your income.
This is the person who delivers a court summons in person to prove that it has been properly served. As a general rule all you have to do is confirm that the person you serve the document to is the person named on the document. The fee varies lawyer to lawyer but again this is another job where you can choose your own hours, so you may find that it supports your acting career quite well.
If you have an interest or some knowledge in a subject matter you may be able to find an opportunity to write content for a website. It could be related to sport, art, current events- the sky really is the limit with this job. It may be the kind of employment that comes to fruition because of someone that you already have a working relationship with or if this is something that really appeals to you, you should visit about.com and click on the ‘Be a Guide’ link.
Another ideas for survival jobs for actors include a- baby sitter, dog walker, pet sitter, house sitter, personal assistant- there are many unexpected things that people will pay to get some help with- anything to make their lives run a little smoother. The benefits of a job like this are a flexible schedule and a lot of free time to focus on your acting but because they are low-skill jobs they may be hard to find and the pay may not be a high as some other options. If this is something that seems like it would be good for you, you should find a unique angle or way to market yourself and start putting the word out there.
Some extra cash…
Here are some websites that you can visit that have more survival jobs for actors and that will get you work that may enable you to earn a little bit of extra cash on the side to supplement your income:
Promotional, modeling & entertainer services
Paid surveys online
You could also create your own job in acting!
Here are some other survival jobs for actors that will keep you connected to the industry while you work.
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