I am SO excited to share my news! I am launching my own fragrance! I’m absolutely thrilled and can’t quite believe it.
Introducing…CKK by JBR. One Spritz To Success!
Actually, I’m not launching a fragrance at all, I just wanted a gimmicky thing to help you remember C.K.K. That’s Cash, Kudos, Kicks. CKK is a useful acronym; let me explain why. When clients get offered a job, they will often receive a call from me outlining what I think might be the pros and cons of taking it. CKK represents three good reasons (although not, of course, the only reasons!) to take a job, and a good question to ask yourself – “Am I doing this for Cash, Kudos, or Kicks?”
Obviously the dream job is one that hits all of those, and more besides – in an ideal world you’d get creative fulfilment, the respect of your friends, family and peers, and money to pay the bills on every single gig, but, as most of you have realised by now, not every job is a dream job.
I think each job should hit one of these – the more of them the better, frankly, but it should hit at least one and, personally, I think you’ll be happier if you know which one you’re hoping for it to hit. When you’re pondering another week in damp digs, hiding in your under-the-stairs cupboard/bedroom and hoping your digs owner doesn’t ask you to help apply Preparation H, you may well wonder, as you stare at the mysterious damp patch on the wallpaper, WHAT AM I DOING WITH MY LIFE?
When that hits, just do a quick check-in. CKK? Which one(s) does this hit? Are you doing it for cash – do you need to make rent, pay bills, get new headshots, renew Spotlight? There’s many an embarrassing advert, or dreadful film, shot for the cash – don’t be ashamed of taking a job because you need money! There’s no point, particularly early in your career, in stressing too much about whether what you’re doing is art – get the money and move on. Every single job ends up being just a line on a CV one day.
Are you doing it for Kudos? Are you doing it because the director has profile, or the venue, or the writer, or the other actors involved? Is it a credit that a CD would look at and go ‘Oh, that’s a nice bit of work’ – are you working with people at the top of their game, who will really stretch you? Remember it’s not the size of the part that matters, but what it demonstrates about you as an actor – the company you keep, the choices you make. Are you forward-thinking? Will this job you’re doing for Kudos actually lead somewhere down the line?
Or are you doing it for Kicks? This was always my favourite tbh – the jobs I took knowing they wouldn’t pay me a penny, that no-one would come see, but that would be FUN. It’s called ‘play’ for a reason! I’ve done shows where I genuinely lived on a tin of baked beans, protein shakes and some bread every day, in dodgy, weird pub theatres, but I’ve laughed so hard during rehearsals that it all seemed worth it. I’m sure you’ve all done the same.
So, there you have it. CKK – One Spritz to Success.