Hello my dear SISters, how are you all doing today?
I hope you’re all well. First and foremost I would like to apologize por my absence, but unexpected things happen in life, right?
Second of all, I would like to say that this is an extra post to compensate my absence, and to be fair, because of all that’s been happening lately, I think this one is more relevant and important the the main one – or not. I guess you will only know for sure after reading both of them.
This is the my first post which I’m not funny, that I don’t start with a joke or try to steal a smile from you.
Maybe because there is no space for jokes with this subject that we often don’t know anything about or that we don’t research about it. Delicate subjects should be treated with more respect. Or maybe I’m just sad.
Last week we posted a video, on our Theory series, that on the minute 06:55 – we hear someone screaming at Sam and Caitriona.
That’s right, someone SCREAMED and tells them to shut up. You can question weather this person, that come out of nowhere and made them very uncomfortable, is a important person or maybe their boss in some level. But the thing is, it really doesn’t matter who or what this person is, that was just wrong and the sad thing is, that’s more common the we would like to think it is.
TODAY’S SUBJECT: ACTOR’S LIFE
Ahhh the show business!!!! Dream of many, might I say! Where all the magic happens, where everything is possible, but that “everything” can often be orchestrated. If you dream about being an actor or wants to understand a bit more of that world, you need, first, to comprehend a few things. First of all you need to have an excellent self esteem. That’s only because it will be very hard to hear so many NOs! Too tall, too short, not pretty enough, lack of talent, thin lips, terrible voice, didn’t like your shirt, almost good enough, maybe next time!
FEEL LUCKY IF THEY ACTUALLY LOOK AT YOUR FACE, AND REALLY SEE YOU!
Everything is a reason for you not to be casted and you need to constantly remind yourself that your dreams are worth it. Dreams – The Girl in Skates.
For example, Sam Heughan almost gave up on his career. Before getting the part for Jamie, he auditioned seven times for GOT and was almost cast to play Loras, but never got the part. Obviously.
If you’re lucky enough to get a big role right away, congratulations!
Now we’ve reached another problem. The Chain! Not the supply chain, food chain, key chain, or the chain store but the Chain of command. A kind of chain you have to obey, or else. That’s because you go from “someone looking for a job” to “someone who needs to be profitable”. Simplifying: you are worth as much as you profit. With that said, it means, besides your contract – that either protects or locks you up – the actor needs to follow the company’s rules and needs to be consistent with their policies.
Just so to be clear and to know we’re on the same page here, let’s exemplify. If you get paid 3k a month, you should profit a lot more than that, or your agent, investor, shareholder, the studio and who ever else is within the bundle, will decide you are not a good investment.
Of course success is not only the actor’s merit, there is a whole crew behind them that are as important, but the face out there is the actor’s face. Even if you are a great actor, but the production is not, that’s still going to your resume, and vice versa.
Do you think actors choose their roles? Maybe for a very select group! Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Hugh Jackman, Tom Cruise, Meryl Streep are some names that can choose their roles, how they are going to work, negotiate their salary even the profit but most of the actors get stuck in studios policies.
Don’t believe me? I’ll give you examples, cause I’m that kinda skater.
Let’s start with Emily Blunt, that after all the success from The Devil Wears Prada, received lots of invitation to other motion pictures – like The Black Widow in Iron Man – but saw those opportunities get away because she had to be in Gulliver’s Travel.
That’s because when she signed with FOX to be Miranda’s assistant, they demanded she had to be in two other movies. There was nothing she could of done. Between taking the risk of a law suit from the studio or loosing interesting roles in other pictures, Emily chose the obvious: the box office failure movie, Gulliver’s Travel, and got rid of her contract with FOX.
Just like her, many others tried to get out of their contracts before starring in movies, like Natalie Portman with Thor, Edward Norton with The Italian Job, Val Kilmer with Top Gun, Channing Tatum with G.I. Joe, Whoopi Goldberg with Theodore Rex and Marlon Brando with Desirée.
If this happens with temporary contracts, can you imagine the long-terms one? On the Chain of Command, a actor only has some say in anything if he has power, authority (like also being a producer or director) a name, good lawyers and knows how to play the game. Yes, PLAY THE GAME! Show business is a big chess board. Made a wrong move – like having a disagreement with big shot director, not doing what the investors want – you’re out!
That’s why the Harvey Weinstein scandal is so important and have to be taken seriously. It shows that in the end of the day, actors have no power over their lives. Impotence comes to those who least expect it.
Within this shitty world, we can’t say Darwin’s law applies because you have to be strong and keep moving forward no matter what, and even stronger to give up when you need to. Each person resists as they can and there’s no demerit to think that the Hollywood dream is too high stake.
To those who made it, they know it’s an everyday fight, despite the glamour, privileges and stigmas. It’s necessary to learn to obey the big sharks, even if you don’t agree and do that without loosing your soul in the process.
So, thinking about the perspective that you don’t know what really goes on in show business and in one show in particular, if an actor does something you feel it’s bad, contradictory or even inappropriate, remember that, it has consequences for them, being their own action or not, so please, let’s treat them with respect.
There are so many factors involved in one action, so much to be considered, so many hidden layers that sometimes we forget that their private lives are different from their public lives. You don’t know if or when they are truly happy, or if they take huge breaths before going out of bed. Don’t know if they are having a bad day or a good day, if they chose to be there or was told to be there and had no choice in the matter. Don’t know if they are facing objections just because they are acting as their true self. When we’re talking about someone else’s life, put yourself in their shoes, before demanding anything, before saying anything and before expressing your feelings and thoughts.
Above all, always have this in mind:
if you have the power to make someone else’s day miserable or put a smile on their face, chose the one that will cause less damage and maybe …
maybe we can be happier and decrease adversities in life.