Friday, February 12, 2010

What Does it Take?

To be an actor?

Let's list the few things we all know about, shall we?

1) Every day you work, you have to wake up, and then pretend you are someone other than yourself.

2) You must become a master of multiple languages and dialects, even if you don't have a clue what you are saying when you speak them.

3) You must completely transform your personality, to become someone totally opposite from who you are.

4) You must toil for days, weeks, months, or years before someone notices that you have the talent to do what you want to do.

5) You must develop a skin of iron, that is completely impervious to criticism.

6) You must be willing to awake at any hour of any day, and work for the entire day, with no guarantee that anything you do that day will even matter.

7) You must be prepared to wear a bathing suit, or even nothing, and work outside when the temperature is below twenty degrees Fahrenheit. You must be prepared to wear a full Arctic outfit in one hundred degree weather.

8) You must be prepared to be constantly photographed by every single person on the planet.

9) You must be prepared to accept the fact that your career may only last 5 years--if you're lucky.

10) You must be prepared to accept the fact that you may NEVER have a career in your chosen profession.

11) You must be prepared to accept the fact that you will have to constantly diet and exercise to maintain your fame.

12) You must accept the fact that if you manage to somehow achieve success, other people will constantly be jealous of you for that fact, and will never, ever say anything nice about you again.

13) You must accept that whatever success you do obtain will be fleeting. It will not last.

If, after reading this list, you have any complaints about actors who have managed to obtain twenty million$ + contracts, well, then, I would invite you to go back yo your high school years. I invite you to remember the times you auditioned for your high school plays. I invite you to remember the rejection.

Unless you're George Clooney.

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