A majority of celebrities have an expiry date, a date where they are no longer thought about. However as actors we are lucky to an extent because once you become an established actor, with a few movies under your belt, you don’t need to strive for the spotlight. You can come back when you want and the cycle of interest starts again. Take Sandra Bullock for example Miss Congeniality was in 2000, 2004 was Crash, 2006 was The Lake House and then 2009 was some other films. Most celebrities expire within 4 years and note Bullock has had a 4 year gap. Once you’re in the spotlight the media can be your best friend promoting your success, cleaning your image, showing the world the more vulnerable relatable side to you. Or the media can be your worst enemy by completely destroying your image with false allegations, focusing on the negative stuff you do, taking the things you say out of context, taking the most unflattering pictures of you and turning the world against you! Just because they can!…
The media is the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that’s power. Because they control the mind of the masses. – Malcom X
Learning to Love thy
To my fellow newbies we are the upcoming fresh faced actors. Learning to love ourselves for who we are is so crucial if we want to survive in this field. We should never give the power to others in our workplace to validate us. Work is not like a romantic relationship or a sibling rivalry where being insecure gets you compliments or a hug. It is work and someone is always looking for an opportunity to take your place. There is nothing more annoying to me than a public insecure person at work, that can’t take a compliment or gets to sensitive from positive criticism. It’s natural to be insecure we are humans and we constantly compare ourselves to others. But what I’m not here for is the public “I hate my nose”. Competitive people can smell fear and insecurities from a mile away and to some its an invitation to screw you over! Lets be real where new to this industry, we have no idea what to really expect, we don’t know who is going to take advantage of us or give us a dodgy contract. It’s hard enough trying to find a part time job being a full time actress let alone telling the world your fucking ugly. LOL. It’s not going to be easy but you need to be focused mentally on your talents and who you are and the things you love about yourself.
As actors we have this vision in our head of our perfect role. We believe and can see ourselves acting alongside our favorites. So imagine the casting directors have their vision of what they want the characters for the story to look like. You may fit the mold and it results in you getting an audition. You may get the role but you may not. You have to remember you are competing with a bunch of people who have a similar look to you. But you can’t take it personal. It’s not your vision. You have to persuade the casting directors with your talents and personality that you can fit the vision. The scars on our bodies, the sagginess in our boobs, our not so favored skin colour, our weird shaped ears, our long fingers are part of who we are, that makes us human and adds character and real life to our role that we will eventually get.
love thy self for industry will not.