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whatacarryon2018 · 13/07/2018 11:22
I work in tv, film and theatre. I've had some amazing jobs but I've also had very long periods of no acting work...
Don't know if this will be of any interest to anyone but I've enjoyed reading the other threads so much and thought I'd throw my hat in the ring!
PoisonousSmurf · 13/07/2018 16:25
I've been on an extras list for a few years and I find it ridiculous that they expect someone in rural West country to turn up for a costume fitting in central London with less than 18 hours notice!
Do you get that kind of thing where they 'pencil' you in and then when you make travel arrangements they drop you?
Or are they kinder to the actors?
whatacarryon2018 · 13/07/2018 19:19
Oh I'm sorry, that's so shit. I do hate the way that extras are treated on set.
As for the 'pencil' - yes, it's a nightmare. I was booked on a flight to Spain for a fiat commercial last year. Massive money job. The night before I was due to fly, thhwh went with someone else. That happens a lot. It's really gutting. Fortunately we get a £50 recall fee for commercials 😂
SongforSal · 13/07/2018 19:39
Don't mean to hijack your thread OP, but the casting couch made me wince in memory. When I was 15, after many auditions I was down to the last 2 for a really good part. The other older girl got the part..... And continued to see the man in question for a few months. Well. As long as the run lasted. I'm 36 now, Dp is still in the industry and signs his NDA's.... But still manages to ruin my perception of certain celebs
IrmaTooth · 13/07/2018 21:11
What kinds of parts do you typically get considered for? How important is attractiveness? Which actor's career would you most like for yourself?
Also, is there anyone you used to keep running into at auditions, who always got 'your' parts and has hit it big? My husband used to teach a very nice girl who is of the same 'acting generation' as Keira Knightley, and was always up for the same parts up to and including, I think, Bend It Like Beckham. (Her one big breakout film tanked, despite a wonderful cast including a Hollywood big name and two British national treasures, and she quit acting to run a vineyard, and is very happy...)
whatacarryon2018 · 13/07/2018 21:28
I tend to play younger than I am and I tend to play two extremes either girls next door or sex worker/ battered wife😂😂
Attractiveness is a tough one. I won't beat around the bush, if you're tall skinny and gorgeous, yes, you'll probably work more.
I'm average height and a size 12-14 with a good face so I tend to be the 'big girl' parts. It's not okay but it's what it is. If I want to work and I don't want to lose weight: that's what I have to expect.
I'd love Kate winslets career 😍
I have a coupe of girls that I always see at auditions. Nobody's made it massive yet though hahah
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