Alan Chenkin, Learned about celebrities by reading the tabloids at the supermarket checkout line…
As said best by Joni Mitchell, “That’s one thing that’s always, like, been a difference between, like, the performing arts, and being a painter, you know. A painter does a painting, and he paints it, and that’s it, you know. He has the joy of creating it, it hangs on a wall, and somebody buys it, and maybe somebody buys it again, or maybe nobody buys it and it sits up in a loft somewhere until he dies. But he never, you know, nobody ever, nobody ever said to Van Gogh, ‘Paint a Starry Night again, man!’ You know? He painted it and that was it.”
Music artists have to constantly reinvent themselves, and the money in the music business flows to promoters, ticket vendors, and not to performers (unless you are consistently producing top selling albums).
Which leaves you with TV and Movies. WHY? because you get residual income, which can fund your life while you pursue new parts and roles you find personally rewarding; like Broadway shows (when the show closes, by the way, your paycheck ends, just sayin’).
It is important for an actor to monetize their career, and/or get a sponsor (or sponsors) to support them in their journey to master their craft.
Financial security will give an actor the ability to eat while evaluating roles and donating their skills to good causes. Residuals, whether from album sales, sitcom appearances, or movie roles can be a key component of an performers ongoing income.
While some celebrities quietly attend the festival, others treat it as a media experience. Movie star Susan Sarandon stayed in a celebrity camp at Burning Man in 2015. Her visit was showcased in This Insider.
Among attendees in the past, Paris Hilton, Miley Cyrus, Diplo, Katy Perry, an assortment of Victoria’s secret models (Sara Sampaio goes every year), Leonardo DiCaprio, and many others. Burning man requires some preparation, and burners need to bring a weeks worth of food, bottled water, funky and practical clothes, Goggles, face masks (for dust storms), and items for giving and exchanging. Diplo comes in a huge “Art Car”. If you are not handy, you can buy Burning man outfits on Amazon and eBay.
To get into character for her new film Cake, Jennifer Aniston had to ditch her healthy lifestyle. Jennifer is known for her lean diet and trim figure. Jennifer’s character, Claire Simmons, suffers chronic pain after a car accident that left her scarred. Aniston quit exercising and eating as well as she usually does.
Us Magazine reported that Jennifer spoke about gaining weight for the movie at the American Cinematheque screening of Cake. Aniston and host Jason Bateman talked about the difficulties of her transformation. Not only did she gain weight, but Jennifer wore no makeup except for the character’s scars and dark under eye circles.
Manipulating your appearance is one of the most difficult things for an actor to do. If successful, the actor can improve their role by molding themselves into character. kudos to Jennifer Aniston for having the chops to do that!
In my opinion, a good actor can assumes a role that is believable to the audience, even if it is markedly different from previous roles. As the hitman in “No country for old men”, I found Bardem to be psychotically creepy – intentionally so – because that is how the character is written.
I confess that I am a fan, and did not realize some of the other roles I have seen him in; most recently in the James Bond Movie, Skyfall. Bardem was also in Woody Allen’s “Vicky Christina Barcelona” (2008).
I hope you found my point of view enlightening and informative. Consider sharing it!
Stage Fright is common among Actors and us non-acting folks.
These noted performers (and many more) have publicly discussed their stage fright:
Jonathan Knight (New Kids on the block)
Brian Wilson (the Beach boys)
Sir Laurence Olivier
Acting classes and extensive public speaking help get past Stage Fright. While many performers indulge in meditation, alcohol, massage, etc., Sometimes they need to perform enough to relax in front of their fans. Performance anxiety, like forgetting lines, creates and sometimes increases stage fright and the “jitters”.
When you get “into character”, you have license to be someone other than yourself, and that often gives us – as performers – the ability to be that person, without stage fright or exposing our personal anxieties.
Before an audition, practice relaxation exercises, learn your script really well, and “break a leg”.
While tempted to be snarky here, I believe that you have a serious concern. I implore you to treat your height as an advantage, and not a handicap, so that you can focus on roles and audition pieces that work well with a tall actor.
Matthew McGorry 7′ 6″
Andre’ the Giant 7′ 4″
Peter Mayhew 7′ 2″
Richard Kiel 7′ 1″
Ted Cassidy 6’9″
brad Garrett 6′ 8″
Maybe you have heard of these actors.
The most important thing an actor can have is not a physical attribute, it is DRIVE. DESIRE. The need to practice your craft and be the best – to inspire people around you so that your ability to convey emotion and empathy WINS THEM OVER. Without nurturing your acting chops, you will not win roles.
So, figure out the best way to showcase your stature, look at the manner and dress of similar actors, and refine your style. Take acting classes – Go on auditions – LEARN and ADAPT. It is not easy, but there are rewards to being a good actor, even if you don’t become a “successful” actor. Understand that financial success does not always mean success as an actor.
There are many avenues to success in launching an acting career; television appearances, sitcoms, small theater groups, youtube videos, blogs, and promotion via friends, family, and agents/managers. Your path will be be unique, and you have to earn your “acting chops”. When we see talented people on stage or on screen, we don’t see the hours of work, the rehearsals, the re-writes, and the coaching that factors into the final performance. Be prepared for invigorating highs, and paralyzing lows, as your career winds its way through auditions, acting gigs, autograph sessions, and more of the “business” of show business.
Even though it is exciting to go “ALL-IN” – DON’T! You need to have a balanced career and skills that will carry you when acting work is scarce; and committing to an acting career means you have to have all your assets -especially your brain- working at maximum! It is important to consider that you will need income-producing skills in-between acting jobs; and the confidence you learn (especially when dealing with people) will give you an advantage over other job applicants. Get out there, hone your skills, and start sending out headshots and resumes!
Break a leg!
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