January 6, 2015
If you are reading this, I can only assume you like theatre, film, arts, and actors.
I am an actor. So maybe you’ll like me.
Hopefully, you’ll be interested in reading my perspective through this blog. (Here is where I point out that these will be my opinions, thoughts, ideas, critics, suggestions, comments, states of emotions and all the likes. I speak only for myself.)
You may know actors and / or artists. You may be an actor and /or an artist. In any case, each experience is unique. Mine, I am sure, is very different from yours.
Based on what I was told in school, I estimated that speaking several languages including French AND English, both with no accent, would mean I would be working on stage and on screen in Montreal and possibly Toronto right off the bat. Give and take two years. I wasn’t that confident.
Based on what people said, I was lucky to have such “unspecific” casting that would open doors to all kinds of characters from anywhere in the Americas (the whole Continent and all its diversity from Canada to Brasil, including the Islands.), Europe (except Northern Europe where the look seems to be 6 feet tall, blond bombshells and I just can’t go blond. I can’t!) the Middle East, Northern Africa to name a few.
I was also ready to jump into different looks like: the “lawyer – business woman” the “cop – construction worker – tomboy”, the “coolest best friend – nerdy reject”, the “mom – crazy aunt – unknown cousin”. So many possibilities! And I knew all of these could be doubled and tripled because I could pull them off as “locals” (or non ethnic) or non-locals (various types of ethnics). Yay me!
They say, follow your dreams and your heart and do what you like and you’ll never feel like you worked a day in your life.
I was going to have an amazing career.
After 15 years, I’m still working on it. Still aiming for “amazing”… (What is amazing? Let me think about it. I’ll get back to you.)
And I have yet to use the wide range of my “unspecific” casting which by the way, seems to be too unspecific and hard to cast.