Day in the life of
Actor – Kevin Interdonato
It’s definitely not a ‘normal’ existence when compared to most jobs and lifestyles. Full-time actors are essentially, consistently unemployed. So when not on a film or tv set, it’s all about preparation and readiness. For me, it’s important to keep a mindset of knowing my next job will be around the corner (similar to a boxer preparing for a fight), and what I can proactively do to be at my best. A typical day for me is a loose, adaptable routine. Things always get thrown when an audition comes up, but always involves keeping my mind and body healthy; brief meditation to set my day, and working out in some capacity. Reading scripts, books. Studying scenes for audition preparation. Studying films and performances. Scanning the industry daily, see what’s casting, speak to my agent and manager to discuss job opportunities and the list goes on. Much time is also spent on films I’m writing and producing. A lot of energy and focus for me is spent researching and preparing for upcoming roles that I’m fortunate to have lined up. I study accents, movements, and character motivations. I enjoy observing real people and holding onto what makes sense to me for any character I’ll be playing. These are all creative endeavors, so it’s hard to put a time-stamp on how much time is devoted to any particular aspect. But the daily goal is to always improve, be my best, and find a balance between family time and work.
Pros and Cons
Being an actor is fun. No doubt about it. Nothing beats preparing for a role and being on a set where you have the opportunity to be surrounded by others perfecting their craft each day. Being able to move as many people as possible with my work, and to be fulfilled as an actor, will always be my core goals. That said, seeing my family and friends enjoy a premiere, screening, TV appearances, etc., is a priceless feeling. I enjoy bringing excitement and happiness to people. That’s the fun stuff, the entertaining side of it that people see. But, that’s when you’re actually acting. There’s always a balance of maintaining unavoidable anxiety when you’re not working. I have a ‘healthy obsession’ that keeps me sharp and focused on getting jobs to not only further my career but to help keep the lights on and food on the table. The reality is you audition against thousands. The odds are ridiculously stacked against you, often. So when the jobs do come, you have to be ALL-IN. That means, time away from family and friends. Even if you are home, your mind is on the work. Everything else stops and depending on the shooting schedule and type of role, it could be a lonely and arduous period of time. Thank god my wife is an actor too, so we understand each other’s processes. I’m fortunate and appreciative to sporadically get some offers for work too. However, it’s difficult turning down work if it doesn’t align with my goals and career projection. Especially if the money is good. These are career choices that dictate your life, your path, and your mindset. Ultimately, I love what I do and appreciate the ability to be able to have this life and live this lifestyle. Truthfully, I think everyone at one point or another knows what it’s like to be without work and a steady paycheck. It takes grit and endless resilience to be a working actor. Rising above the obvious and ‘working’ to maintain a healthy mindset and consistent progression as a person and artist, helps look beyond any cons of the job.
play parts in stage, television, radio, video, or film productions, or other settings for entertainment, information, or instruction. Interpret serious or comic role by speech, gesture, and body movement to entertain or inform audience. May dance and sing.