This weekend, I had the pleasure of attending Riot Fest for the third year in a row, and I was able to catch yet another energetic performance by an artist that I greatly admire, Andrew WK.
Mr. WK's music preaches positivity, and he himself exudes it. Not only is the man a brilliant musician, he's a gifted writer as well, and his essays encourage others to follow their dreams. Andrew WK contributes to a weekly advice column for the Village Voice, and I often find comfort in his uplifting words.
Here is a quote of his that I simply cherish:
“Achieving the dream isn't even as important as living the dream. And all it takes to live the dream is to live each day with as much untiring and unflinching excitement as you can. Do what you love. Pursue what you love. And when you get discouraged, stand back up and dive back in.”
The entire article is here.
Andrew WK believes that life is a party. Live it to the fullest, and enjoy the pursuit of every dream.
Cheers to you, Andrew WK.
And now to define a crucial yet commonly misunderstood industry term: check avail.
After completing a successful audition, a casting director may decide to put an actor on check avail. This request reserves a certain amount of dates for an upcoming shoot. Although those potential shooting dates are reserved on the actor's calendar, they have not yet officially booked the role. The casting director will often put multiple actors on check avail and then make a decision on the best candidate after consulting with their studio.
While you are on check avail, it is important to remain patient and transparent with your agent. It usually takes several days for the studio to reach a final decision, so make sure those dates remain free and available. After the studio and casting director make their decision, you’ll either book the project or be released, freeing your schedule for other potential projects.
If you are released from a check avail, do not lose hope! Because you’ve made it this far into the process, it’s only a matter of time before you book a future role. The casting director enjoys your work, so keep the hope alive!
Some thoughts on art, life, and theatre. Stay positive.