Another question came in over Twitter, as a sort of follow-up to the sudden cancellation of Roseanne:
Are you an idiot for spending money knowing you’ll have a job for season 2?
Nothing Is Certain
Even if the star of your show isn’t a total nutjob, there is no guarantee your show will actually come back for another season. And even if the show does come back, there’s no guarantee it’ll last through the season; hell, it may only air a single episode.
Shit happens, and it’s almost certainly not a PA’s fault. Maybe the ratings are bad, maybe the show runs over budget, maybe one too many horses break their legs. The point is, you can’t count on the show continuing.
So no, don’t spend money you don’t have yet. In fact, don’t spend money you do have. Save it, instead. Even setting aside calamities and sudden cancellations, you ned to be prepared for hiatus. You’re going to be out of work for a couple of months between seasons.
If you’re starting out, in your career and in life, you need to save as much money as you can. Get a roommate. Live in a more affordable part of town. Don’t go out partying every night. Find ways to entertain yourself for free.
This way, when it comes time to tighten your belt, A) you won’t have to tighten very much, and B) you’ll be used to a thinner waistband anyway.
None of this is very fun to think about. You’re young, possibly single, living in one of the most exciting cities in the world. But if you want to last in this business, you need to actually learn to be a responsible adult.