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September 20, 2013

I turned down a job last night; not a boring, normal survival job but an actual theatre job, and I had a reason to!

I got offered a pantomime job with a company I previously worked in 2011 for however I’ve recently confirmed that I would be returning to the company I worked for last year. Staying where I am is providing me all sorts of opportunities; now and in the future, that I would never get from him so I know it’s the right decision. To be honest, I found it slightly strange that I was asked considering I wasn’t asked last year and haven’t spoken to him since we finished in January 2012.

I’ve never had this feeling before knowing I’m rejecting one company over another. Normally I reject jobs because I can’t get the time off or I’m committed to an amateur production or I just don’t have any reason to reject. It’s strange but I kinda like it, knowing I’m in a position to do so.

Have any of you ever been able to reject a job? Or is there a job you regret rejecting?

Heather Sig

2 Comments leave one →
  1. September 20, 2013 3:18 pm

    Great post! I’ve read several blogs regarding this same question (many of which were right here at Green Room).

    It’s certainly a strange feeling the first time you tell someone no, but it’s great that you’ve realized that this is an option. I don’t have any regrets turning down roles, but I’ve absolutely regretted NOT turning down a role. I’ve had experiences where I’m unhappy during a production and wish I could have gone back and said no. At the very least, it’s taught me that if I’m hesitant to accept a job, I need to acknowledge this and figure out why.

    PS – Sorry I never responded to your comment on my last post! Looking forward to reading more.

  2. September 20, 2013 11:20 pm

    I actually went through that this week! Well kind of. I got offered a non-paying Off Broadway Literary internship that I had to turn job, since I got offered a paid job teaching theatre to kids. The amazing thing is that I got offered both the same day, only the paid gig was offered about 2 hours beforehand. It killed me to have to turn down that internship, but it wasn’t possible to do both and I needed the paid job more.

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