Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Acting Headscratchers

Otherwise known as a short list of things that make me go hmmmm... (Anyone else remember that song?)
  • Actors who say, "I never watch TV." - They say it with pride too! That's like a mechanic saying, "I never drive cars." If you're an actor, you're supposed to know the shows before you audition, plus you can learn from watching good actors act. And you get to watch TV and call it research - why wouldn't you take advantage? (Also in this category, actors who say "I only watch reality TV." Ick - why?)

  • Wardrobe: Smart Casual - I'm used to being asked to audition in "business casual" or "dressy casual," but lately I've been seeing requests for "smart casual." What the hell is smart casual? How a rocket scientist dresses on her day off? (And yes, the rocket scientist is a woman...)

  • Actors who won't go to their auditions - Real story: Overheard a guy at a party getting drunk and griping about how his acting career was going nowhere. His friend said, "Didn't you tell me you had an audition for CSI tomorrow?"

    "Yeah," the guy muttered bitterly. "But I'm not going."

    "Why not?"

    "Because I'm not going to get it. I'm totally wrong for the part. It's just a waste of my time."

    I should have leaned over and said, "Sounds like your acting career is going exactly where you want it to go!"

    People are dumb.
Do you have any acting-related headscratchers to share?


  1. Seriously! You are an MIT Grad. Smart Casual is when you wear the pocket protector in public.

    1. Ah ha ha ha! I love this! :) And carry a slide rule in your back pocket - you never know when you need one of those...

    2. If you don't mind, I would rather bring my graphing calculator. The simultaneous equation solver makes my geeky little heart go all a pitter patter.

  2. My new favorite description: "Aspirational". That literally means "someone who hopes to breathe in their own vomit." (Keisuke again - I just don't bother assigning a profile!)

    1. Ha ha ha - yes! :) Aspirational is the buzzword networks are falling over themselves to achieve these days. Funny...