Acting : New Obsession by Brandon White

Brandon White

New Obsession

Hey guys acting performing and writing have always been my passions but now that I am focusing on them more I am becoming a bit obsessed. How do you channel this energy and make it more advantageous and not hinder my relationships with friends or family?

Stage 32 Staff - Julie

this is an awesome question Brandon. I'm not an actor, but I'm interested to hear what our actors think of this...

Brandon White

Alle that was a great response I check out all the time on my family and etc that checking out has lead to issues elsewhere and professional. I need to handle the pressure and anxiety a bit better I can admit that

Anton West

When you say obsessed Brandon, do you mean that acting occupies your every waking thought and so you don't communicate as well with our family and friends because you're now on a different wavelength? Or just that it takes up so much time you no longer make it to family events etc? Or both? I think the trouble is when you have a goal, you sometimes have to go through changes to achieve it. People (friends, family) often don't cope well when a person they care for changes as they can feel that you're turning your back on them, or even betraying your roots. It can be a tough balancing act!

Brandon White

Its a bit of both I have to find a way to prioritize everything without losing people that are important to me

Anton West

If one of those people is your partner you have to put them at least equal first with your acting or you will definitely lose them! The rest of your friends and family, make sure you never forget the important stuff like birthdays or anniversaries. Even if you haven't time to meet up with your friends, stay in touch by phone. Same goes for your Mom, your sister, your grandma. Be as proactive with that as you can so it seems you're actively thinking about them rather than only texting back after they do. Listen to their concerns, and let them know you're taking what they say seriously. You can't keep all of the people happy all of the time, but you can make them feel valued. I think the saddest thing would be if you made a success of your career and there was no-one from the old days left to cheer for you.

Brandon White

Agreed thanks that was very sound advice I really appreciate that Anton

Angel Matheson

I always tell my kids "keep being you" Friends are our support system but they aren't paying the bills. All great careers need nurturing Best of luck.

Brandon White

Thanks I appreciate that Angel sorry for the super late response

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