Hidden Treasures (Part 3)

Speaks for itself doesn’t it?

Speaks for itself doesn't it?

Dear fellow actor,

Sometimes “the industry” can get you down. It’s tough. I know. I auditioned for a beer commercial two weeks ago. In a bikini.

But you can’t always just toss a coin in the air and expect heads. Sometime you get tails. So buck up. Proud like a peacock. You don’t just give up like that. Come on, you can keep going. I know you can.

No? You’re done with acting. You never get cast? Oh, don’t worry. It takes some time. Been at it for 7 years and never got an audition? Well, it’s the effort that counts, isn’t it? You know George Clooney went two years without getting an audition. Yeah. And he’s the world’s sexiest man. What? Where did I hear that? Oh, a very reliable on-line source… Where? Oh, you know… Wikipedia.

Your agent lives where? In Abbostford? Oh. In a trailer. Oh. You’ve never actually met him? Oh. Sorry.

What about just getting your foot in the door, you know… in the background. What? They won’t even let you work as an extra? Oh. Got kicked off “Fantastic Four” for trying to grope Jessica Alba. Well, that’s understandable. But her bodyguards didn’t understand? Yes, that’s also understandable. They did what? Oh! Yes that’s a very large bruise. Still tender. How about that.

Well, at least save one headshot for the scrapbook because at $3 a pop, tossing those Rocket Repro headshots in the trash just isn’t good economics.

You’re independently wealthy? Oh well. Carry-on then.

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    February 21, 2007 at 11:39 PM

    OK, sorry to randomly comment on your blog… this is one of the funniest things I’ve read in the past week. Seriously, this was awesome; the photos are great, too :)

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    February 21, 2007 at 11:46 PM

    Your emoticon is thanks enough.

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    February 21, 2007 at 11:51 PM

    PS I nearly lost it when I walked past that dumpster and saw those headshots peaking out. I literally “laughed out loud”. Priceless. Truly. As if, even in this bold act of defiance this “actor” still wants/needs attention. Lovely.

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    February 22, 2007 at 10:11 AM

    Yeah, love the story with the pics you got. Makes me a little sad though… And this reminds me of a friend who would go dumpster diving, we always had a good laugh about his antics, but in the end I’d be jealous, he was always finding cool stuff!

    And thanks for narrating my cameras thoughts to me, now I feel guilty, haha!

    I have a couple friends acting. Not easy, not at all, you are so at the mercy of others. I guess it’s one of those things, gotta just wait for the opportunities and try and make good on them.

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    April 28, 2007 at 9:30 PM

    Lisa this is a great post. Really it is one of my favorites. It says a lot about the nature of the acting businesses, reality, and broken dreams.

    Honestly, I think it should be published in a magazine with an editorial. There is something very black and somewhat comic about the situation.

    Good for you for having the strength to keep at it with your acting and modeling work. Not everyone has the determination to keep at it like you and it says a lot about your character that you are committed to going after your dreams.

    In terms of the comment you last left on my blog I can heart you on all fronts Lisa. I remember being a model and all the scary/psycho weird people I met. What also bothered me was that I got the most amount of work at the point in my life when I weighed the least. Scary stuff.

    The agency owner, a francophone woman in her 40s was also sleeping with her rooster of young male models and financing her Holt Renfrew wardrobe on credit, while living at home with her aging mother- now that is a role model- not!

    In the end you just have to make the best of things- as you are doing and kind of laugh at the absurdity of it all. It’s great to see how you are doing good in the world, developing your own business, and dealing with the superficiality of Hollywood North on your own terms. Wow!

    Often it is very easy to compare ourselves with others but who really wants to? There is always a trade off in life. I had a ‘friend’ in Montreal who used to brag about how rich her life was and her superficial society connections. The truth of the matter was that she had married a man almost twice her age who she was not psychically attracted to. Who wants to live like that?

    In terms of my life and career I tend to see myself as an individual and are happy doing my own thing through circumstances of my own choice. If that means being a bit unconventional so be it. We can only realize our own notion of happiness or fulfillment….

    Needless to say I can’t wait to see the videos you are developing with Ry….

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