After having recently witnessed someone dramatically embellish their CV presumably to increase the chance of fame, I cannot understand why else they did it. It’s made me question again the reason why some people decide to follow the acting path in the first place.
At the end of the You Want To Act? course I ‘deliver’ a long speech about the truth behind the acting profession and what it really entails. I encourage everyone to climb up their metaphorical tree and think long and hard before they embark on their journey. My usual quip is, never do it because you want to become rich and famous, you have more chance of your fifteen minutes of fame if you ran stark, bollock naked down Oxford Street.
Acting is an art form, it’s one of the most creative fields and it should be a calling. It should be something you know from your guts that you have to pursue without possibly a logical reason behind it. And of course it has to be something you enjoy. To all the actors I represent I remind them and they remind me that we are all in it for the long-game and we’re in it because it’s what we’ve chosen to do with our lives.
I have seen incredible things happen to incredible people that have attended act up courses and I have seen people enjoy the courses but think that life as an actor isn’t for them, both are very valid, of course. And overall I notice that those that do go on to make a career as an actor are doing it for themselves. You can’t pursue a career as an actor if you’re doing it to impress others, to give you more street cred, to look ‘different’ infront of your peers. It has to be your choice and yours alone and then you’ve got to go at it all guns blazing.
So I say again, what is it we all want, we all know which way Oxford Street lies or we perhaps all need to climb up our trees for a tiny bit longer than usual.
Overall, please look after yourselves – you all deserve long lasting happiness.