Survival (Job) of The Fittest

What’s the hardest thing about being an up and coming performer in New York? Is it getting up at the crack of dawn to sign up for EPAs? Keeping the faith in an industry awash with talented hopefuls? Pounding through auditions to get that dream job?

In my experience, it’s finding the perfect survival job. Let’s face it, only 1% of us become successful enough to survive on acting income alone. So how to find that job that allows you to live in the most expensive city in the U.S., have enough flexibility to audition and perform, and create enough capital to fund your small business (acting)?

This has been my greatest challenge in my 10+ years living in NYC, and I’m happy to report that I’ve finally found the solution! Boy, do I wish someone had told me this when I arrived here the day after graduation…

Unless you’re fortunate enough to have family connections in the business or have another means of jumpstarting and bankrolling your career, most performers I know face this same question.┬áMany of us solve it by working in the service industry-waiters, hosts, bartenders, etc. But the physical toll of the work on your body plus the late hours (2AM closing, anyone?) has derailed many a performer’s career.

Now imagine a survival job that’s extremely flexible, fun, and provides enough income to live and fund your acting career. It’s a portable skill with more than enough opportunities for everyone. You can work as much or as little as you like, and it’s easy to find competent coverage when you’re on set or in rehearsal.

Sound too good to be true?

It’s not. I am a certified yoga instructor, and my acting career is flourishing as a result! Teaching yoga keeps me in great shape, gives me a healthy place to be of service to others, provides an amazing, supportive community, and oh yeah-easily pays my living expenses while I audition and perform.

Crystal Williamson, an inspiring life coach and actress, interviewed me for her radio show on March 26th about the perfect marriage of yoga and acting. Crystal is the owner of Coaching with Crystal, and I was honored to be chosen as one of the female entrepreneurs she interviewed for Women’s History Month. If you’d like to hear more about how teaching changed my life, check out the interview here:

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Now, what about you? You’ll need a 200 Hour Yoga Alliance certification in order to start your teaching career. I’d suggest doing some online research to find the yoga certification program in Manhattan that suits you best.

If you’d like a $500 scholarship for NYC Yoga Alliance certification, email me at amberpaulyoga@gmail.com and I’ll tell you how to apply. There are several scholarships available! You can also email me if you’d like my personal recommendations for solid, performer-friendly yoga certification programs. Good luck, and happy teaching!