This week’s #GuruTips is all about a problem that literally every actor will face sometime in their career: how to handle a day job.

We all would love to book a series that gets sold into syndication and live off residuals forever, but until that happens, the rent still needs to get paid. You should never be ashamed of having to work a day job, but there are some things you should look for in the right day job. Today I share four things to think about when looking for the job to pay the bills.

One of the biggest things I stress today is that you should be honest with your coworkers and employers. One of my good friends was working a day job and had two major series auditions the same day, right when he was scheduled to work. Unfortunately, his boss had no idea he was an actor.  My friend was totally stressed because he lied to his boss about where he was (which led to two not-so-great auditions), and when he got back to work, he was in a whole lot of trouble. Always be upfront and honest; it’s worth it.

Do you have a burning question that you want me to answer in Guru Tips For Actors? Email us your questions and we’ll address it in a future #GuruTips episode!

Until we all book a series,

Ajarae Coleman | Workshop Guru


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Ajarae Coleman is a working actress living in Los Angeles. You can see her on shows like ABC’s SCANDAL, REVENGE, PRIVATE PRACTICE, and THE CATCH, CBS’s THE McCARTHYS, 2 BROKE GIRLS, and NCIS: NEW ORLEANS, NBC’s DAYS OF OUR LIVES, TNT’s PERCEPTION, I'M SORRY on Netflix, and more. Ajarae founded Acting Resource Guru (ARG) in 2012 to give actors practical steps to book more work and take ownership of their careers. In 2020, Ajarae launched The Table, an exclusive online membership for actors who crave an artistic life that goes beyond just booking gigs. They are ready to make a greater impact, which looks like building communities of collaborators, creating their own opportunities, and developing residual income streams. Ajarae believes that actors play a huge role in bringing forth a reality where every being on the planet is safe and valued, and The Table empowers actors to claim their seat. Join the Interest List at to be notified when the doors open for new members.


  1. Ajarae!
    Thank you for the dose of wisdom. I love that you mentioned energy drain. I’ve been on a hiatus from auditioning because of that. I always wondered was it me or the lack of sleep kicking my behind. lol. Working a graveyard shift and trying to make auditions was not working. Great tips!

  2. Energy drain is REAL! It’s not you. lol I hope you can get back to actively auditioning soon… if that’s what you want! 🙂


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