Once upon a time, I was a professional actor. I earned my (meager, but steady) living from performing on stage–regionally and on tour. I auditioned loads of times like every other actor I know, but I was blessed and grateful to book enough long term work to keep going.
(Well, most of the time. There was also a lot of temping. And creative budgeting. But you get the idea.)
The past few years, that’s not been the case.