Today, I've taken off from work. I rarely use my vacation or sick days as I want to have them available for auditions or filming days when I book acting work (I should say "if").
One of the challenges of the Actor's Journey is stabilizing your income, your personal relationships, and your performance career. If acting work doesn't come steadily enough for your income to be counted on, it's foolhardy to stave off other things in your life, just "in case."
This is why I've taken a fulltime job as a Work Readiness Instructor. Child, I've got bills to pay! I've got to keep the wolf from my door! My husband does his part, but I've got to "pitch in," as well. Now, the surprise of my life is how much I like my little job. It's very rewarding and my co-workers are excellent human beings. So taking off on short notice pains me; but, alas, it can't be helped today. I only got my agent's call last night after work. Mama's got to audition for a bit part in a film today. And, you know, those residuals help to make ends meet.
So, for now, I've got to imagine that I'm an FBI Agent who's about to apprehend a terrorist. And if pretending that I'm apprehending an armed terrorist will help pay off the mortgage, then let the apprehending begin!