brigid_fitch: A friend of mine has been doing extra work for about 6 years or so. She started out doing Star Wars & Star Trek fan films, got the acting bug, and has been schlepping from one set to another since. She's done fairly regular work on Elementary lately and is in Staten Island all next week shooting a movie. But she's never gotten a speaking part and is always waaaaay in the background.She fired her last agent at her husband's urging, even though the agent was the one that hooked her up w/Elementary (where she's on-set at least 2-3x a week). Her husband was upset because the agent told them the only reason my friend gets gigs at all is because the agent books her as "vaguely ethnic". (She's Italian but w/the right makeup can look Latina or even Native American.) He didn't want her typecast.He's a stage-husband, living vicariously through her. Fancies himself an actor because he's done community theater. My argument (much like Nuclear Optimism 's) is better to be typecast than not at all. After she's done w/the movie next week, she's got nothing on the horizon. When she was with her former agent, she always had at least a month's worth of work booked.
The Dynamite Monkey: Romero Report: Wannabe actors will pay for anything, and 95% of the whole system is a scam.
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