Does Fortune really favor the Bold?
May 25, 2014 1:36 AM Subscribe
Do I have an opportunity for some killer career networking right on my doorstep? Or just the chance to be a pest?
posted by ChickenBear to Human Relations (20 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
After a long, ten year battle with illness, I am finally moving on with my life and pursuing my dream. I'm an actress who started in community theater and I'm now going pro. I've spent the last several years taking classes and honing my skills and just recently landed an agent.
But I'm still very green. I'm not in any of the unions yet and have never actually had a paying gig. And because I lost so many years due to illness, time isn't on my side. So thinking strategically about how to move forward becomes all the more important.
Recently I found out that a very prominent theater producer lives in my building. (How do a major producer and a struggling actress come to live in the same building, you ask? My uncle is helping me out and renting his studio to me at a very generous rate.) Not only is this man very connected and successful in his field....but I've been reliably informed that he is also really nice.
Which brings me to my question: Is there some way that I can use this apparent stroke of luck to my advantage? Or is it just a short cut to a restraining order? Friends have suggested I try to casually befriend him the next time I see him in the elevator. But that could be a long, long time from now. I don't run into him all that often. Someone else suggested that I just knock on his door, which seems like terrible idea. Nobody likes to be cornered. I thought of slipping a note under his door, introducing myself and pitching with such charm and panache that he would HAVE to give me a break of some kind! But that best case scenario likely exists only in my head. Also, he's gay. So don't think that I'm trying for any kind of sketchy...uh....entanglement. That's not what I'm aiming do here- just to be clear.
So I'm putting my dilemma to the hive mind. Is there potential here or it is it just one of life's cruel ironies? What specifically am I aiming to get him to do? Cast me (in a tiny ensemble part) in his next show...or refer me to a colleague who could do the same? This would allow me to get my Equity card quickly, a process that can otherwise take eons. Or maybe let me take him out to lunch to schmooze and pick his brain? Heck, at this point, I'd offer to be his assistant. The more specific I can be in my request, the more professional I’ll seem. I usually err on the side of caution in life but I've learned the hard way that that often doesn't yield the results you want. This is an industry built on risk taking and chutzpah. Those who can't pluck up their courage often get left behind. So what should I do and how should I do it?
Also, I'm new to Metafilter and this is my first question...so if I got something in the formatting wrong, go easy guys. Thanks!