From actors to writers and from grips to graphic designers, work in entertainment has a lot of variability. This affects careers, lives, lifestyles, and even mental health. With all these ups and downs, how can entertainment professionals stay resilient in their careers?
One answer is finding alternative income-generating activities in the face of work inconsistency.
We’ve partnered up with CareerCycles to offer a special series of their Career Buzz Podcast, featuring success stories of the entertainment community professionals who found alternative income-generating activities.
Jenny – an actor, writer, and producer – also leads a Toronto shoeshine company, Penny Loafers Shoe Shine. She hires people from the film and TV industry to work as shoe shiners so they can earn extra money.
An actor and director, Rex developed a side career as an executive coach and trainer. He uses his transferable skills in communication and presence and “holding a room,” in his work with business leaders.
Birgitte, an actor, also works as a coach and facilitator. Her work focuses on professional development in leadership, communication, presentation, and media training.
Tony has been painting houses longer than he’s been an actor and says they’re both a craft. Giving someone a quote is just like an audition. Show up, do a good job, and be a good person to work with.