All you need to do is watch the latest celebrity roast to listen to celebs get roasted (even by each other) for “falling off the map” or working regular jobs. There are a number of celebs who say goodbye to Tinseltown and opt for low-key positions. Others take on less prestigious gigs simply to pay the bills in between acting jobs. Actors need to work, too. However, many people make fun of actors who take on these jobs. It’s looked at as a failure and often used as entertainment. It’s time for people to stop today.
The Gig Industry and Acting
Acting is essentially a gig industry job. This means that as soon as the job is done, the actor is no longer getting paid. He must go out and apply for new jobs until he finds the next role. Unfortunately, this is more difficult than you may realize. The actor may go to audition after audition only to get rejected. It’s a lot of time and effort to not even get the role. It also doesn’t help that as actors get older, roles become more and more scarce as new, younger actors fight for the same jobs. It can take months or even years of auditions before an actor gets the next job. He may need to find alternative work during this time.
Why Actors Can’t Get Work
Many people assume that when an actor doesn’t take a new role for awhile that they must not be able to get jobs. However, they may simply not be interested in acting for the time being. There’s nothing wrong with that. They may have found new hobbies or simply decided to take a hiatus.
Other actors have made things difficult on themselves with public scandals. People don’t want to support someone like Mel Gibson who has proven himself to be a bit of a racist and sexist.
It’s time for people to change their attitude about how they speak about actors who work regular jobs. It’s perfectly acceptable. We should not laugh at people who may be going through a hard time just to make ourselves laugh. It’s probably not nearly as funny to the actor, even if they handle the abuse with grace. Imagine if the tables were turned and someone laughed at your for your profession, especially if it’s not your professional high point. It wouldn’t feel good, right?