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April 20, 2009

What to do when there’s nothing to do.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Eitan @ 8:03 am

Did you hear that?  It’s crickets chirping.  Honest to goodness crickets.  I’ll be right back.

There, I squished them.

It’s darn quiet around LA this time of year.  Pilot season is over, commercials slow down and even student film makers are done for the summer.  It seems like there’s nothing going on from now until July.

Even the past few months have been only quiet for me.  The entertainment business is cylical.  Last year there were hundreds of auditions for hilarious late 20s guys, this year there are less.  Next year there may be even more.  It all comes around.  Patience.  Patience.  Patience.

But what do you do when the summer hiatus hits or when you’re experiencing an invoulentary personal hiatus?

Well, let me tell you what I’ve been doing:  Writing.  Obviously not on this blog.  I’ve been working on a screenplay.

I know, I know, everyone in LA has a screenplay, but mine’s good.  Well, it will be when I finish it.  Most people write one draft of a screenplay, fix some typos and say they’re done.  I’m on probably the fourth major draft of the story and the second of the screenplay itself.  Writing isn’t just having good ideas, it’s actual work.   And wouldn’t you know it, there’s a very good part for a late 20’s slightly overweight (slightly) funny guy!

Nothing may ever come from the script but I’m doing something to try to move my career forward when there’s nothing going on in the industry to help me.  Being stagnant is the worst thing you can do in the entertainment industry.

Next time someone asks me what I’m doing I may not have a play, commercial or TV appearance to brag about, but you know I’ll mention my script.

It’s a great time to launch that new web series, do a show or start your own writing project.  It’s not like the phone’s going to be interrupting me in the middle of a brainstorming session…

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