Call Yourself an Actor

Dec 17, 2009 by     No Comments    Posted under: Attitude, Thousands of Stories

Sorry for the lack of posts recently. Have been flying all over the country, and trying to finish the year out strong. Tons of great posts in the works and for the new year.

Today’s Actor Tip of the Day:

Call yourself an actor.

Simple to do. Huge benefits.

This can be particularly hard in Los Angeles, when it’s almost cliche and looked down upon to call yourself an actor. However, I encourage you to do so anyway. Own it. Say it with pride. Are you really gonna let some investment banker look down their nose at being an actor? Really? In this economy?

In all seriousness, this is a great way to keep your brain focused properly, and it can lead to numerous opportunities.

Exhibit A

You: Hey, can I have an extra shot of espresso in that one?
Barista:  Sure. It’s on the house since you come in here so often.
You: Thanks coffee man!
Barista: Any time sweet cheeks. What do you do anyway?
You: I’m an actor (!).
Barista: You don’t say.
You: I do say.
Barista: Well my roommate is actually working on a screenplay for Gus Van Sant right now. You should come chat with her about it some time.

Exhibit B

You: Hey, can I have an extra shot of espresso in that one?
Barista:  Sure. It’s on the house since you come in here so often.
You: Thanks coffee man!
Barista: Any time sweet cheeks. What do you do anyway?
You: I’m a, uhh…bartender.
Barista: Oh. That sucks balls.
You: I know. Thanks for reminding me.
Barista: No problem.
You: Can you swap that shot of espresso out with a shot of jager?
Barista: *awkward look*
You: Thanks anyway. See ya.

Go ahead. Try it. Post your thoughts/experiences below. :)


Ben Whitehair is the Los Angeles contingent of this blog. Find out more information and view his materials on his website, or read the rest of his blog posts.

 

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