This Much I Know
by 2 Broken Girls, posted 27 May 2015
If you are not an actor, you will know someone who is, there are many. Here is an insight into my incredible world as a successful TV & film resting actor ~ By 2 Broken Girls
I still remember my first audition, it was for Fingus crispy pancakes. There I was standing in front of the casting director, all legs and teeth, acting my face off. I was great. I didn't get that job, there was some confusion about my height and another girl got it. She wasn't very good though, her voice was flat, like soup.
Those who truly love you want you to be famous, those who don't, don't. I am making a list, I am keeping a record of all the non-believers of me and anyone who tries to make me stop acting. Then, when I get really famous I will sit these people down and tell them they will never be the plus one of my celebrity plus one tickets. Some of the people on this list are just regular people, so they'll want the tickets even more.
Being an actor truly is great, but sometimes you get stereotyped, for example regular people assume you are great with children, even if you don't like children at all. And regular people assume you know everyone they know who are also actors, which can be tricky if the person they know is someone you think is rubbish or dumped you for being too talented or a picky eater.
Acting will own you, if you let it, so stop chasing your own tail and chase someone else’s. As an acting exercise dress up as different farm animals and chase your friends around the room, take turns in pushing each other over. Keep it fresh whatever day job you do – when your temping boss asks you to arrange an office social event, be creative, suggest a water fight on the stairs or a bake-off, in the dark!
Waiting for the Game of Thrones casting director to spot you on the street and realise you would make a refreshing addition to the cast CAN happen. Always be ready. For instance, one day you might be in Westfield shopping centre and bump into Richard Ayoade in a lift and get snapped up for the lead in his latest Indie film. I'm not suggesting you hang around shopping centres all day, just some of the day, like in the mornings. And if you see a famous actor in a coffee shop, pay attention to who they are with, if it is a regular person, that's who you need to be following, and I don't just mean on Twitter.
When I'm not resting I go to castings, this is my job. Casting directors are really nice, often, in an audition, they ask me to do a scene four or five times because they enjoy my performance so much, after all they are just regular people too. I go to castings on a weekly basis, just for fun. Although, when you're an actor, everything is fun.
When I was a starting out, I learnt things the hard way. In my first year of acting I was accepted on the books of a very well know talent agency. I was made, or so I thought. With only a hundred and twenty other amazing actors on their books how could I go wrong? I became complacent and starting paying people who looked like me to attend castings for me. It worked a treat until the jobs dried up. I later found out, that those people had become actors and were bagging the roles for themselves. The agency eventually 'had' to let me go, something about me being 'weird'. Fickle industry.
Have I seen you in anything? The moment you hear these words shout 'Yes, This!' and whip out your show reel. There are many perks to being an actor. Recently my GP simply guessed I was an actor just by the way I opened the door. When regular people hear you are an actor they beam up, as if they have been tickled behind the ears. Often regular people work long hours in basements covered in paper cuts - you brighten up their day JUST by being an actor. Sure they're disappointed when they haven't 'seen you in anything' but I always cheer them up by letting them hold one of my headshots.
Sometimes, regular people will offer you a drink or some food because they think you are still at the Rags stage to your Rags-to- Riches story, in any case accept the offer, it makes them feel better. Regular people like socialising with actors because actors are creative and energetic, like elastic bands. If a regular person looks sad and complains about their awful life, be ready, sing to them on the spot. Regular people love that.
Acting is a big part of who I am; recently, I worked as a waitress in a cafe and told a customer we were out of gluten, then asked them to leave the cafe, but we had loads of gluten. I acted, that's what I do. Regular people might call this lying but they are just jealous that they are not an actor. Recently I told my hairdresser that I was allergic to lemons, bang, acting! The trick is knowing when and how to use it and it must not be wasted. In my last temping job, one of the other girls (a regular person) invited me for a drink with her after work. I said 'no way' and told her she was boring, I could have acted then, but I didn't want to abuse the craft. Only act when it's important.
Actors come alive at night time. Regular people don't understand this. Often I am awake until 3am with a box of Jaffa cakes, a can of stella and my laptop on my belly, recently I added a new clip to my already amazing show reel and let my YouTube channel do the talking; whenever I check it, it goes up by one view each time, so the work is definitely paying off.
Sure you might wake up in a frenzy of panic at 4am because you realise you may never get a mortgage or be able to afford a family or pay your bills or eat, ignore these feelings, they are for regular people. You are fine. Animals don't have mortgages and they look happy, whens the last time you saw a dog crying. Forget the hum drum of reality and join that new improv group, learn to juggle and finish writing that short film about your life, the world is waiting.
Don't share casting breakdowns with other actors, especially if they look a bit like you, they are probably getting called in for the same stuff. Never take a drink from an actor just before a casting, even if its water, and always be on your guard in their presence. In one casting, a girl asked me to mind her seat while she went to the loo. Moments later her name was called and the receptionist ushered me into the casting thinking I was her, I wouldn't mind but the casting director called me Anna throughout the entire audition, it threw me and almost certainly altered my performance. We will meet again ANNA FOLEY.