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 is an actress and entrepreneur living in Los Angeles. She founded Workshop Guru in 2012, which expanded into Acting Resource Guru in 2017, to help actors save time and money on classes and workshops, and give them a powerful voice by publishing anonymous actor reviews of acting schools, casting directors, talent agencies and management companies. You can see Ajarae 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 TruTV, and more. She raised over $17,000 and co-created an action comedy television show called SMACK Unit, currently has national commercials running, and has cultivated rewarding relationships with her agents and manager.


  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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