"Wow. Being an actor must be really hard."
I hear this a lot. I think most people say it upon hearing that someone's an actor and I hope it's not just reserved for me when they look at my pitiful CV and can't think of anything else to say. I usually mumble something incoherently that demeans the hard work I've put in over the last 8 years to being a fully-fledged rester. They then think wistfully about their boring job and healthy bank balance and wander off to book another holiday while I'm left wondering if the free bar is still running.
But being an actor is hard. It's bloody hard in fact. What other job forces you, on a daily basis, to consider whether you're more suited to playing:
A cautious orange male hippo
But, of course, all that hard work is worth it because when we do get work we're extremely well looked after. In fact, when looking at casting calls, I feel bit embarrassed about just how much we get in return for our work. The uneasy feeling of privilege sweeps across you when you realise you could be working with diamonds such as these:
Payment: Free food & entry to a raffle.
You'll preferably make a nice cup of coffee when we're all a little hungover at rehearsals.
No pay but the actor with the best outfit will win a prize.
It's not the levels of cheap alcohol we consume that leaves actors red-faced, it's the sheer embarrassment at just how well we're treated. And then there's all the people that we get to work with. When we're looking for work, we're constantly being reassured that being an actor is the safest job in the world:
We'd be delighted to take a clipping of your hair just for effect.
You'll be able to stay with the Director and DOP in his parent's house.
I'm seeking an impersonator who can act as my mum when me and my mum cannot meet up.
How can a job be difficult when we get to associate with such folk? And you can never complain about a career choice that lets you maintain constantly maintain such high levels of pride. Jobs such as these act as a wonderful reminder that we chose the right path:
Must be willing to have a condom full of condensed milk thrown at her face.
She is painted silver (nude), wears an elephant mask and is coated in gravy.
Please be prepared to muck in with the crew on the day as your role won't be significant.
The director hopes to highlight George's distance from Jane by never having her in focus.
See? It's super easy. And you know what's even easier? Getting the job. In fact, it's madness that we're not working every single day of our jazz-hands filled lives:
Actress: You could prepare a monologue. Actors: You don't have to prepare anything.
To avoid time-wasting, the director's requested full-frontal nudity in the audition.
And when we're not working, it's so lovely to know that a filmmaker's main priority is bettering all the actors out there. Our well-being is at the forefront of their minds meaning that our reassurance levels are being constantly topped up:
We can pay for any cosmetic surgery she may require for the movie.
I may require you to eat less that what you normally eat to perform well for the role.
But, of course, maybe I'm just being picky:
There's something unnerving about her. Maybe she's just read too many books.
All casting calls are taken from my Casting Call Woe Tumblr. A terrifying look at really horrible and horribly real casting calls.