I am a 15 year veteran of the Wannabe life. I’ve been trying to break into the highly competitive, infuriating, exhilarating business of screenwriting since 1994. I still work a day job and maybe I always will. Who knows?
I’m starting this website and writing a book entitled Wannabe Pride: A Shoutout To All The Undiscovered Actors, Writers, Musicians And Other Artists because I know there are lots of people out there just like me. You can’t tell a Wannabe just by looking. We work behind the counter at the local retail store or maybe we’re working in the cubicle alongside our co-workers. But after everybody else punches out and drives home, we’re still working. Maybe we stay up late at night memorizing lines in preparation for an audition. Maybe we set our alarms for the wee hours of the morning when everyone else is asleep so we can work on our novels.
Wannabes do everything that everybody else does and then we keep going.
We go to work, get the groceries, cook the meals, clean the house, do the yardwork, pay the bills, and do whatever else needs to be done. Then, instead of whining that we “don’t have time” to pursue our dreams, we go to work on them instead. A Wannabe is someone with the courage to try to succeed in a risky endeavor where there is absolutely no guarantee of success and every chance of failure. Many people feel they have a book or a screenplay “in them”, dream about winning an Oscar, or fantasize about being a rock star. Few people actually give it a good solid shot. Many claim they will “get around to it” when life settles down or even when they retire. Real Wannabes don’t wait for the right time. They charge forward and actually write the damn book, audition in front of people, or perform at the local open mic night and give themselves a chance to make their fantasy a reality. These aren’t just dreamers. These are doers.
It’s time to stop thinking of the word “Wannabe” as a derogatory term. This is my call to action to all the Wannabes out there – wear your Wannabe status with pride! The time to be proud of your work is now, not when you get the big part, ink the lucrative book contract, or land a huge record deal.
As a Wannabe, you’re doing a hell of lot more than most people do and you won’t ever have to wonder “What If?”