Sunday, 17 July 2011

The Newbie

Five weeks ago, I started a new job. It's a big deal and the reason behind this brand new blog. You see - and it's taken me five weeks to admit it and put down in writing - it's not an acting job. It's a  proper job that pays the bills. I have to tell you though, as far as office jobs go, this one's up there with other dream jobs: it's creative, it's in broadcasting and it more than pays the bills.

Let me put it this way: when I tell people about it, they get really excited and wish it could be them. It goes something like this: I watch TV all day and read scripts and treatments for new shows and then I get to write stories about them. Really. That's how good it is. And as I said it pays the bills and then some. I know, it's mad isn't it? I'm like a couch potato in a pin stripe suit! Of course, the pace is pretty relentless and I'm having to adjust to working long hours, a long commute, meeting tight deadlines and working with others but all in all it's pretty cool.

Let me put it another way: I've been there for 5 weeks and I still like it.

Does this mean I've given up on acting? No. But a girl's got to eat and unless I start growing vegetables on our window sill and keeping chickens on the landing, I'm going to carry on doing the weekly shopping at Tesco's and last time I checked they only took cash or card.

Am I going to miss acting? Yes. Do I feel like I've given up? What I've come to realise is that once you become an actor, that's it. You're it. Whether or not I attend auditions  I'm still an actor.

So, do I feel like I've given up? I hope not. I try not to think about it in that way. I just see this as adding another string to my bow, getting experience. I've got 3 novels in development, one piece of non-fiction, and this new blog to keep track of things. Onwards and upwards.

Who knows what my next incarnation will be?


  1. How are you Isabelle? I was thinking about you and wondering where this new job has taken you. All the best! Muriel

  2. Hi Muriel, I've been busy, not least with a three hour daily commute. Now that Spring is here (!) I hope I'll be able to write more regularly and reconnect with everyone! xx