Thursday, October 25, 2007

Not always the best job in the world

Somewhat traditionally, theatre actors are very respected but poor. On the flip side, movie actors are less respected, but wealthy. And traditions remain and persist for a very good reason - they are true. Speaking as someone who has worked in theatre for the last eight years now as a professional actor, it's completely true. I've been following movie and TV work very closely lately, and I'm tired of being a poorly paid non-union touring actor. I do love the work, and I love the travel, but I could just as easily be a highly paid movie star who would travel to even more exciting places than Mooresville, NC. I have a friend who just auditioned for the new "Justice League" film, another who was on a CW television show, and many who are in Philly working as extras on the movies that are shot there. And as much as I like playing Mercutio, there has to be more to this life than just children's tours and summer stock....

4 comments:

Amanda said...

or you could be doing something even more glamorous - auditioning for low-paying or non-paying work in a sea of other anonymous non-union new york actors... but that's probably more fun than you can stand...

RMontesano said...

It ain't about money... it's about the work. Believe me. I have an acquaintance and nephew of a friend who works in Hollywood quite regularly. He doesn't get paid the big big bucks but he gets enough and works often. I also know many many more people who try but don't succeed in working in movies and TV. Starving as it is understood. Just have fun. You are young, you are gaining experience and someday, if you are good enough.... AND I know you are good enough.. Bam.. you are hosting a TV cooking show.
LOL... Keep the young people interested in Shakespeare and you have accomplished much.

Andrea said...

No, no, cooking skills and altruism are not Nick's strengths. ;)

Using his talents to yield a life of decadence? that's more up his alley.

Plan for the future, dude, but keep enjoying today. And next time you've got flailing drunk actors on you - pick a pocket to take their room keys...

jeff said...

Hang in there, Nick! Just don't forget us little people when you do move on to bigger things.