[A booming, friendly, voice is heard. Most likely, it is one of the talented PA announcers from Fenway Park.]
We now would like to welcome back to the blog…THE founder of the blog itself! Please give a warm, Chicago welcome (with Boston accents, encouraged), to TooooooooooNNYYYY ROOOOOOSIIIIIII!!!
Joe Castiglione: Good evening everyone, and welcome to Red Sox baseball! Before we start out, we’ll take a break from the normal pregame interview we do with John Farrell to talk to the biggest Red Sox fan in the Midwest. Welcome to the show, Tony.
Tony: Thanks Joe. It’s good to be back.
Joe: Well the first thing we gotta ask you Tony is…where have you been? I know you’ve been busy with the opening of “El Stories,” and you also had that weekend trip to Michigan. Was it both those things that kept you away from the blog and your other artistic endeavors, or was it something else?
Tony: Honestly Joe, it was a little bit of everything. I was just looking at my calendar last night and realized it had been an entire month since I last auditioned! Not something I’m proud of.
Joe: I can imagine it gets pretty tough to attend all those auditions when you have things like survival jobs and other commitments.
Tony: It does get busy, Joe. But the thing is, I was still looking for auditions. I just wasn’t getting them. As you mentioned, I was also opening a show. That limits your options.
Joe: Sounds like you’ve had quite the month! Both myself and I’m sure the rest of Red Sox Nation would love to hear your story, Tony…
Gotta love Joe Castiglione. If it weren’t for baseball, I don’t know how I would have gotten through these past two weeks. Let’s backtrack.
I was sitting at my favorite Starbucks earlier this week, feeling frustrated as I looked over sides for an audition that I should have started looking at weeks ago. I was especially frustrated because while the character description seemed like it was my type, the character couldn’t have been more different than me. I decided I would go to the audition regardless, because…wow…it had been a MONTH since I attended an audition. I hated that. And this got me thinking (because everything gets me thinking), why does this happen?? I feel like I’m always falling off track. Why?!
I put down my sides and started to make a list. A list that I would like to share with all of you! Here goes:
–Survival jobs: I’m going to go deeper into this in a future post. I’m not only referring to how having to pay the bills gets in the way of auditions, classes, rehearsals, etc. I recently went through a change in survival jobs which ended up taking a lot of time due to training, searching for other part time jobs, etc. In a nutshell, survival jobs have been an obstacle for me.
–Vacations: My friends and I spent a weekend up in northern Michigan last month. Here’s a picture of all of us. I needed this weekend, and it was everything I hoped for. When I came back, I found it hard to get back into the groove of things. This wasn’t the first time. So while vacations are very necessary, they’re an obstacle that I haven’t quite worked out yet.
–Other gigs and projects: These are going to happen. For example, I fell off track with my goal of getting back into musical theatre when I had to stop taking dance classes due to rehearsal with a new show. A good problem to have, I suppose. But still something that gets in the way.
–Drinking: “But Tony, how are you supposed to enjoy time with your friends without drinking?!” I’m going to use an analogy for this one. There’s a successful man named Adam Gilbert. He runs the company “My Body Tutor” and is all about healthy eating. One of the things he tells us is that it’s ridiculous to never eat pizza or ice cream ever again. A system he likes is the “rewards system.” If you do X, then you get to do Y. I’m currently using this system for the heat wave. Because if I can’t go across the street to Dairy Queen (literally, right across the street…their sign lights up my room at night) and get a Reese’s Blizzard this week, I don’t know what’s going to happen. For all of this week, and until Thursday after I’ve finished work, I’m going to eat healthy and go to the gym. Then Thursday night, you can find me at Dairy Queen.
With the whole drinking thing, it’s really easy to get sucked into “This week sucks because X, Y, and Z so let’s go drink tonight!” Not only can I not afford this financially, but I also can’t afford to spend the next day being unproductive due to a hangover. So I’ve came up with a new system that involves less partying while sticking to my weekly goals. But by all means, please cheers to me the next time you’re all doing shots (assuming I’m not there and being productive, of course).
Those are just a few of my obstacles that I came up with. Here are some things that I find help with being motivated:
–Going to Starbucks. Of course. My favorite one is in Old Town. It’s right next to Second City, you’re surrounded by other artists and students, and the baristas are wicked friendly (and cute too, but don’t tell them I said that). The best part is, it’s open 24 hours. I moved further away and still come here. Just not this week. It’s too hot. Tell the baristas I say hi if you’re down there.
–Seeing plays and taking classes. Something I was doing great with until recently. Usually the money thing plays an obstacle. That being said, there are usually good deals on Gold Star for some high quality Chicago theatre.
–Blogging! The minute I started making my list (for what I knew was going to eventually be a blog) I started getting excited. I hadn’t felt this way in a long time. I was glad to have found this kind of energy once again.
–Being around inspiring people. For me, this is other artists. Especially artists who are young and trying to make it. Unfortunately, there are a lot of people who call themselves artists, but don’t seem to be willing to put in the work needed to be one. I find I make much more time to be around those who are hardworking and motivated. It makes me want to do the same. (That being said, I am awful at making time for my friends in general. Sorry friends!)
Okay. That was longer than I intended it to be. If you read through the whole thing, you deserve a Reese’s Blizzard from Dairy Queen. Another thing you can do is share your thoughts! What type of things do you do to stay inspired and on track when everything is crazy?
Okay that’s actually a picture from “El Stories.”
And if you read this, Joe Castiglione, I’d love your thoughts as well.