Avoiding Depression When Losing an Acting Job

As I’m sure many of you know, there are lots of ups and downs in this industry. What I want to share with you today is how to best deal with a cancellation or a job.

I was cast as the CEO of the hospital, Doctor Steven Leopold, on the NBC show Do No Harm. The series was based around one doctor in the hospital, so I certainly was hoping this was going to be a reoccurring role for me.

I had worked on the show a couple of days, and had to do some ADR work in Los Angeles. My episode was the fourth of the season. After the second episode when they showed clips of the upcoming scenes of future episodes, one of the scenes that I shot was shown.

So, things were pretty exciting. I was very happy about it and then I find out that after episode two, the show got cancelled. Many people sent me notes to say how sorry they were to hear about the cancellation of the show.

I think others might have felt worse about the ending of the show than I did. I certainly wish the show would have continued, and that I could have gotten more work as Dr. Leopold.

I also would have loved having the possibility of residuals coming my way, but I decided to have a very different frame of mind that helped me deal with this in a positive way.

Instead of feeling depressed about what might have been, I decided to look at how great it was to have gotten the opportunity  to audition for an NBC series, book the job, work on it for a couple of days, get a chance to act with some amazing actors and have a great time on the set.

I did everything that I wanted to do and so, yes, it was disappointing,  I wish the show was picked up for more episodes, but, honestly it doesn’t feel like that big of a deal to me.

There are lots of ways that people do deal with this type of disappointment  and I guess what I try to do is live in the moment of really loving having done the job and getting a chance to act on a national television show.

So, I just wanted to share my experience with you and I hope this will be helpful.  We all run into very high and low moments in the industry, and there are many different avenues and paths people take to deal with them. Some ways can be very destructive and some can actually be pretty positive.

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