Warning: This post is not hot, kinky or sexy.
Here’s something no one ever considers before thinking about becoming a phone actress. It really is a job. Some days are a breeze, you get great clients, your calls are ten minutes or more and you hardly notice the time gone by. Other nights you are put down and screamed at by clients that only want to degrade and abuse you. Each call feels like an eternity wrapped up in two minutes. Just like any other job, sometimes you have your good days, and sometimes you have the bad. The only real problem is that when you are having a bad day, it’s really bad and you want to stay as far away from that phone as possible. You don’t have a boss hanging over you threatening your job, you don’t have messages waiting in your voice-mail to return, it short – you have no outside incentive to get on that phone and work! Here’s where most PA’s lose their momentum. Now the question isn’t your stamina or your ability. If you’ve gone more than a month in this job, you know you have both. What you’re lacking is the desire to keep taking those calls. Believe me, I know how hard it is to talk to a client that calls you a slut, a whore and any number of other sexually degrading names. Now is when you need to bite the bullet and remember that none of those things are directed at you. It’s your character – assuming you’ve made one, or more – that is on the receiving end. And your character is not real! I know this is hard, I know you just want to go to sleep and pull that nice warm comforter over your head. Remember, I’ve been there too. Occasionally you will read about the stoic resolve of a phone actress getting on and working despite a cold (I’ve read them too). To them I say, “Bite Me!” It’s flu/cold season. I have two children, both in school. There is an endless stream of germs and infections marching in and out of my house this time of year. And the last thing I want to do is scream and moan for a client when my head is pounding, I’m running a fever and my throat is killing me. If I don’t want to work I will try to come up with any number of reasons to stay away from that phone. Now is when you need to put your resolve to the test. This is probably the hardest part of being a PA. I know, because I’m dealing with it now. I can’t just stop working. And yes, the thought has crossed my mind. How do I get past this nasty bump? To be perfectly honest, I don’t know. I’m still working on that one. But I do know that the most important thing you need to do is take better care of yourself in order to stay available for your family, your job and your clients. You know the saying – ‘Take care of yourself first’. I know, I know, it’s just too hard, your too tired, your too sick. Well honey, if you want to make money (and you must or you wouldn’t have started this job at all) you’ve got to suck it up and move on. Take those vitamins, drink lots of water, and eat healthy. Pretty soon you’ll start to feel better. By all means take a night off for that date you made with a wonderful cold medicine that knocks you out, but don’t give up. You’ll come back and when you do, you’ll be better than ever!