Can Actors Have ‘Good’ Problems?

The entertainment industry doesn’t have a monopoly on problems, but we certainly have more than our share.

To add to this, professional actors and voiceover artists routinely overwhelm themselves focusing on petty problems, rather than how to solve them. The fact is, if you continually occupy your attention and energy on not having enough time or money to realize your career goals it’s likely you’ll keep that problem a problem.

Question is: Is there a good problem to have?

You may consider having “good problems” to be something of an oxymoron.

OK, you’re right. It is. But, consider for a moment what would be a good problem to have.

How about:

  • Having too many auditions.
  • Having so many jobs you have to quit the day job and focus on being a full-time voice talent.
  • You’re getting so many gigs that you have to hire a whole staff of people to handle promotion, finances, scheduling—the works.
  • Being so bookable that you’re setting trends in the industry and your clients have to consider the fact you might be a bit over-exposed. That would be a very good problem to have.
  • Delivering so many great reads at every session, the director/clients can’t decide amongst themselves which one to use as the “keeper.”
  • Having too much work you couldn’t possibly take on even one more gig. (I mean there are only so many hours in the day.)
  • Being too smart, too good looking, too articulate, too sane, too happy, too pleasant, too fun, too patient, too decent, too popular, too desirable, too savvy, too cool, too talented, too insightful, too intuitive, too playful, too clever, too buoyant, too considerate, too thoughtful, too able, too “right” that they just have to use you on flat out everything!
  • Having so much money, you couldn’t possible use even…one…more…penny.
  • Having too much time to pursue your deepest, most heartfelt dreams and wishes.

Well, there you have it: all very good problems to have.

We wish you all of them, and all at once. And, at Sound Advice, we will happily assist you as best we can each one does arise.

Of course, we’ll be here for you as the not-so-hot-problems surface as well.

But we advise you to not hope for no problems at all. You’re not in the game if you haven’t got a single problem. In fact, it’s doubtful you’re alive at all.

Check your pulse. Pinch yourself. Know you’re awake and kicking. Then roll the dice again when your turn comes around. You’re still in the game. Keep playing.

Play for keeps. Play for fun. But just play! You’re in very good company. And it is your turn.

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Kate McClanaghan
Kate McClanaghan is a casting director, producer, and founder of both Big House Casting & Audio (Chicago and Los Angeles) and Actors’ Sound Advice. She’s a seasoned industry veteran and actor who has trained actors and produced demos for more than 5,000 performers over her 30 years in the business.