Why Do You Do What You Do?

by Kevin Delaney

I recently had lunch with a successful actor friend in Los Angeles. We talked about acting, career, and the business in general.

At one point, I asked him: Why do you do what you do? Why are you an actor?

He smiled and said: “I’m an actor because I can’t not be a actor.”

I thought about his words for several days after. I can’t help but think that what he said has contributed in large part to his awesome career, and his ability to do professionally something that many people daydream about.

“I can’t NOT be an actor…” Do these words describe you?

Our profession has a very high turnover rate. Talk to any group of people who are eager to get into VO today, and odds are in five years most of them won’t be doing anything related to voiceover or acting.

I’ve seen it happen so many times. People get stars in their eyes, and are drawn to our business because it seems incredibly lucrative and exciting.

Over time, their interest fades.

But then there are those of us who simply can’t not do this — we can’t not act, not do VO, not write, create, paint, sculpt, draw, dance, sell, or whatever.

When you know that you’re doing exactly what you ought to be doing, you’re able to weather the tough times, and even get a kick out of them.

You have a drive and determination… A special kind of obsession… An all-consuming passion for doing, not just for getting paid & praised.

I love this business, and can’t seriously see myself doing anything else.

I’m an actor, a creative person and an entrepreneur because I can’t not be these things. It’s baked in to my personality. It’s part of who I am.

This idea & attitude is the cornerstone of my own career success!

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Howard Ellison October 5, 2012 at 12:45 am

Agreed Kevin, performing art is a must-do, and the energy activates people around us as well: audience, clients, writers. An actor friend from way back was determined to get into Britain’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Competition was intense as ever, but what won a place for Stanley was his heartfelt reply at interview – “I MUST act”.

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