Would you like the chicken or the fish?
On my plane ride from Tokyo to LAX I had the misfortune of sitting next to one of the meanest, grumpiest old men I’ve ever sat next to on a (quite) long flight. Luckily I also sat next to a kinder, funnier man who struck up lively conversation about computer software programming, flying for miles, and being a commercial actor in LA. The cantankerous fellow must have overheard our conversation as he asked what kind of commercials I appeared in. I politely listed a few credits to which he asked, “What did you have to do? Just stand around and look pretty?” Well, yes, that is *somewhat* true. I told him how in one commercial, I air drummed in a car while in another commercial I kicked a soccer ball around with some other actors. He scoffed, “I could do that.” True, you could. Just about anyone with mobility in their legs can do it. But I was the one selected to do it.
And it got me thinking. For every “yes” I’ve received, every booked job, are at least 8 other jobs I auditioned for and did not book. And still I keep moving forward despite the rejection, close calls, replacements, and last minute cancellations.
So yes. Technically, you could do that.
Koishikawa Korakuen Garden, Tokyo // November 2013
I have just returned from an adventure-filled trip to Japan and will be heading back out into the world in a few days. Next stop: The Middle East. As always, you can join me on Instagram @courtneymccullough6 where I will be sharing my travel pictures. Happy Thanksgiving!
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