The Joy of Quitting
Quitting has a bad name.
Being a successful actor can be a challenge. However, quitting in the pursuit of a dream is frowned upon by most people. On this planet, a quitter is pond scum. Only winners are cool.
So, if you’re thinking of quitting or have just quit, here are a few things you can say to yourself to make you feel better about your decision:
- I never wanted to be an actor in the first place.
- The movie business is all about who you know.
- Hollywood is full of backstabbing a-holes!
- The family plumbing business isn’t as bad as I thought.
- Working 9 to 5 is nice!
- No more auditions! (Just job interviews).
- Acting is too hard.
- I love acting, it’s the business of acting that I hate.
- At least I have money now. (Even if there’s no time to spend it).
- Free rent living with my parents again!
- I really had no talent.
- Success has nothing to do with talent!
- Who wants a dumb Oscar anyway?
- Movie acting isn’t as glamorous as it looks.
- No more waiting tables! (Just making coffee for my new boss).
- No traffic jams at the family farm in Wisconsin!
- Maybe I can teach acting instead.
- It was just a hobby.
- Time to have some kids and settle down.
- I’m not passionate about acting any more.
- I gave myself a time limit to be successful and it didn’t happen.
- I have to make a living at something.
- I have to grow up at some point.
- I’m not a kid anymore.
- I’m too old to do this anymore.
- It’s all about how you look.
- I’m too short.
- I’m too tall.
- I’m too fat.
- I’m too skinny.
- I’m too good looking — they think I’m dumb.
- I realized it’s too shallow a career.
- I slept with the wrong people.
- I wouldn’t kiss ass.
- I think I’ll look up my high school sweetheart.
- I’m not really quitting, I’m just taking some time off.
- I’m married now — I have to be responsible.
- I hate rejection.
- I’m like everybody else now!
- I love my desk job!
- I’m going back to school to be a nurse.
- I tried! I really did!
Of course, you could always give it another day.