Actors: How Do You Answer This Oft-Hated Question?
Excellent advice. What do I say when asked, “have you been in anything I might have seen?” I say, “do you watch indie films and TV pilots? No? Then probably not.” And then I smile. 🙂
The question actors dread most when replying to a civilian’s inquiry as to what career the actor toils in.
When I was an actor I hated the question.
As a director, and casting director with household name credits I still somewhat despise the question because being a talking resume blasts my self-indulgent meter to red. Recently when asked ‘the question’ by a civilian I thought I could avoid the “What-have-you-done-that-I’ve-seen-to-validate-your-career-claim reply” by cleverly answering, “author.”
His reply, “Written anything famous?”
So, how does a journeyman actor (one in which their face is not a household name) answer the “You’re only an actor if, I, the inquisitor of your livelihood recognizes such?”
My best advice comes from a snippet from my manuscript Wicked Journeys:
Jude scanned the studio. “How do you survive without a TV or place to sit or…
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