Amanda Ortega is the Convene Arts and Entertainment Community Leader. A college student pursuing her degree in Theater Amanda brings both youthful enthusiasm and passion to this community and has a great vision for where she’d like to take it.
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Graduating Highschool can be scary. You barely know what you’re eating for breakfast let alone what college you are going to spend the next four years attending or if you’re even going to college at all. So for a theatre major, your next step may be a difficult decision. Audition. Audition. Audition! Do the dang thing. Audition for theatre programs around the world. Audition for shows and gigs. Tour schools and find a place to hone your craft. Some people choose the college path and others go straight to places like New York or Chicago or L.A. to begin their careers. Neither paths are better than the other, it just depends on who you are as a person and where you are as an actor that determines where you need to invest your energy.
The constant hussle. Every actor and actress that has lived the life in a career in performance knows exactly what it means to hustle. Another word they may use would be “relentless” in fact, because that’s exactly what it is. Relentless Hustling. You can’t wait for opportunities to come to you in this business because they will never come. You have to chase the opportunities and make ones for yourself. This business is all about the hustle. Having job on top of job just to make ends meet while pursing your dreams is the normal routine of an actor. Not one route is right or wrong, and there are so many ways to do it. From waiting tables, to substitute teaching, to being a tour guide of the hub of a city you live it, to photography to whatever it takes to provide and all while going to audition after audition never taking a break.
Making the decision…
So you know you have the passion. You know you have the talent. But do you have the drive? A career in Arts and Entertainment can be a discouraging one at times. Back to back auditions, turned down work, no after no, slaving through a day job just to get by until you hit your big break. It might feel like that big break will never come. You’re starving, physically and emotionally. You crave food because this business isn’t always the best paying one at first. You crave a yes because you will hear one hundred no’s and maybe even another hundred on top of that before you get that “big break”.
Interests of all artistic types such as Theatre, Art, Film, Music, and just about anything related to creativity is welcome in this community. We encourage you to share your experiences, lessons learned, material, art work, and originality with the A&E community. This is a safe and creative environment that embraces diversity of ALL kinds.
“A persons station is only limited by their imagination” -The Greatest Showman