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| 22/12 2013 11:16
The statistics are that out of every 100 auditions a drama school graduate applies for, they're lucky to get invited to attend one or two. And out of every 100 they get to attend, they might win one or two small roles, each lasting just a day or two. In a whole year, the average actor gets two or three weeks paid acting work in total. The rest of the time they all work in ordinary jobs - they just don't go around telling anyone! But I’ll give you a true example. My daughter is a professional actor - and she was recently in a movie. She had a medium-sized role – nothing huge, but a good start. She had to get up at 4am, walk to the nearest rail station (over two miles) and then get the train to the location. T he nearest stop was over a mile away, there were no buses and no taxis. So she had to walk some more. And all this, carrying her case of make-up, shoes, pieces of costume, lunch, drinks, and waterproof boots. When she arrived in the field they were shooting in she got into costume in a toilet-tent and then had her make-up done on a chair in the field. She stood under a thin tree wearing a summer dress, in the freezing cold and pouring rain for four hours while they sorted out a technical problem, then she had to say her lines, about 50 words in that scene, about 50 times while it was filmed from different angles. Then she had to wait under her little tree again for another three hours while they checked the footage. It was no good, so they told her they would have to do it all again the next day. She repeated her journey in reverse order, and eventually got home to bed at midnight, setting her alarm for 4am again. Etc. etc. That’s the reality.
| 24/12 2013 22:38
It's frustrating, time consuming, degrading, difficult, tiring, and absolutely wonderful.
| 22/12 2013 10:34
You'd work hard all the time, work at least one other job, and pray you actually are successful in one audition. You'd also be quite broke
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