I guess Second City auditions are/were happening. My improv-world friends auditioned.
It would be pretty stupid to launch into a tirade about Second City – since to be fair I’ve never taken a class or… ah, even seen a show.
Although I *was* in a show produced by Second City Theatricals, which I love touting on my resume, but that’s another story altogether.
POINT BEING: I do know this:
Since I moved to Chicago, I have had several friends who have worked for Second City as teachers, directors, mainstage performers, etc performers, touring performers, and touring understudies.
They have all, in varying amounts of time, quit in disgust, frustration and disillusionment.
I also know this:
Second City makes a lot of money. My friends have seen very, very little of this money.
And finally, this:
There are a lot of legitimate schools that teach the nuts and bolts of trades like modeling, acting, improvising, and also gymnastics. They have good, honest teachers and want to see people succeed and they will be very realistic about your chances of doing so.
There are also ones that exist to take your money while promising you’re juuust about to break into the big time. You’ve got some real promise, kid. Just take another class.
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…AND ANOTHER THING.
In case I don’t make it abundantly clear in this blog, I love performing for a living. It’s a wonderful thing. And if you do it right, it’s also very hard work. It involves long hours, a lot of stress and accountability, giving up any dividing line between your personal life and your professional life. Among other things. And I absolutely believe that you should be able to do your hard work, and if you make that commitment to work your 40 hours a week, you should expect to earn a living wage. A. LIVING. WAGE.
The attitude of ‘if you don’t like it, there are a hundred people just dying to take your place” is probably fair in a free market, capitalistic sort of way, but it absolutely infuriates me.
Think Yosemite Sam. At a union rally.