GOING FISHING …
FINDING THE SWEET SPOT
There’s a sweet spot near where I live. I say sweet spot because it’s where loads of locals gravitate towards with their fishing rods, bait boxes and thermos flasks all year round fair weather or foul to land the sweetish catch. The shoreline and the almost disused pier are scattered with young and old hoping to catch a tasty morsel with their lines, hung out as the currents swerve by with the ebb and flow of the tide. It’s a tidal entrance around to inlets and a marina and the waters are a potential swirling fertile playground of fish and marine life, so chances are you might get lucky, if your competing neighbour doesn’t beat you to it! There’s no plan here, though a good rod, bait and skill probably help, but even then it can be random - even in the sweet spot.
ACTORS ARE LIKE FISHERMEN
I feel a bit like that as a jobbing actor – throwing my line out in the hope a tasty morsel might take my bait and we can reel each other in. But like many of the fishing folk not everyday will feel like a day of a catch. Not every week or even month…
LOVE GOING FISHING
But I realise that it’s okay because the key thing here is that they just love going fishing, they enjoy it and it’s makes them feel connected to something positive and fully alive. So many days it will feel like the fish have gone to swim in other waters and may have gone completely. But does a fisherman and woman still keep going fishing? They enjoy the wait, keep throwing and reeling in the line, peaceful and often still - in the waiting, knowing that patience, conditions, timing, place, planning and skill can often produce a melting pot – that can pay off. It’s the ‘Going Fishing’ ritual that counts.
EVEN WHEN YOU DON'T INSTANTLY CATCH A FISH ...
Funnily enough I was talking about this yesterday with Jason www.waitingforthecall.co.uk
His motivating sessions remind me again and again that doing the work as an actor creatively and business-wise won’t always feel connected to nailing rapid results. Because it is the nature of the over saturated industry we work in. It should feel the opposite of that but many times it feels like you are posting into the ‘black hole’ as I call it, never sure if a sign of life will ever blink back! As long as you try to separate the equation of effort equals instant results or success and realise you should just keep “Going Fishing” anyway, you might just yet end up enjoying your very own ‘catch of the day’.