Wednesday, April 7, 2010

I am a great actor

I am constantly running into terrific actors, or people who are sure they 'have what it takes' to be a professional actor. Unfortunately they speak from their ignorance as they have no idea what it takes to be a professional actor and in most cases have no acting experience whatsoever. Isn't this 'fame now' generation wonderful? Today's young people believe that they can be famous with no preparation or special abilities. Or rather they have been led to believe that everyone is equally endowed with special abilites and they are as good as those who are professionals. They have been led to believe that "you can be whatever you want to be." Which is inaccurate, of course. You can't be whatever you want to be. You have to have the qualifications to be what it is you want to be. And everyone does not automatically have those qualifications, though Socialists lead people to think they do. Everyone is different and not everyone can become a professional actor. Even those with great talent often do not become professional actors because they lack some other necessary quality to succeed. Thus, we often see barely capable people succeed as actors because they have other qualities needed for acting success in great abundance. Professional acting is nothing like amateur acting. It is a business that is pretty much closed to newcomers. It is very, very difficult to get into professional acting and more difficult to stay in it or move up the ladder in it. One of the first things an aspiring professional actor needs to do is to lose their ego. Humility is a great asset to the person who wants to succeed in anything. Yes, you have to believe you can do it, but you do not brag about it. You just do it. When you have done some acting and that acting is of roles that are recognizably ones that talented people do well, others will know you are a good actor. That is what your resume is for. It tells those who read it how much talent you may have, so they can determine if they would like to audition you for a part. The roles on the resume may be school and community plays, but there should be plays on it, lots of plays. For it is by participating in plays that the would be film or television actor hones their ability and demonstrates that they indeed are terrific actors.

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