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I'm a failed actor and I romanticize movie sets and backstage/behind the scenes excitement

Somebody help me snap out of this. Tell me it's not as great as it seems.

I know movie sets are probably stressful and not all fun and games, especially if the director is strict, but it all seems so magical to me. I always wanted to be an actor when I was younger, but that dream died a long time ago, but the longing is still there. I used to watch interviews with actors talking about being on set and practising lines in the dressing room and having table reads, and honestly, it kills me to not experience that myself. It all seems so cool.

I feel similarly about theatre. I acted in a few plays when I was younger, nothing major, just local theater with tiny audience numbers. But I remember the feeling backstage, the buzz and nervousness. Now I can't even walk by a theater without feeling jealous, like I'm missing out.

by Anonymousreply 13November 20, 2023 4:24 PM

Life upon the wicked stage ain't ever what a girl supposes

Stage door Johnnies aren't raging over you with gems and roses

Wild, old men who give you jewels and sables

Only live in Aesop's Fables

Life upon the wicked stage ain't nothing for a girl!

by Anonymousreply 1November 19, 2023 11:40 PM

Go touch grass!

by Anonymousreply 2November 19, 2023 11:40 PM

Oh dear, god. It’s so boring.

Almost all of an actor’s time is spend standing around.

A brutal industry. Your “failure” isn’t what you think it is.

by Anonymousreply 3November 19, 2023 11:46 PM

Go smoke some grass, silly!

by Anonymousreply 4November 19, 2023 11:46 PM

Thoughts and Prayers

by Anonymousreply 5November 20, 2023 12:24 AM

I know my way around here The cardboard trees, the painted scenes, the sound here Yes a world to (re)discover…

The whispered conversations in overcrowded hallways The atmosphere as thrilling here as always Feel the early morning madness Feel the magic in the making Why everything's as if we never said goodbye I've spent so many mornings Just trying to resist you I'm trembling now You can't know how I've missed you Missed the fairy-tail adventures In this ever-spinning playground We were young together I'm coming out of make-up The lights already burning Not long until the camera's will start turning And the early morning madness And the magic in the making Yes, everything is as if we never said goodbye I don't want to be alone that's all in the past This world's waited long enough I've come home at last!

by Anonymousreply 6November 20, 2023 12:30 AM

R1 for the win!

by Anonymousreply 7November 20, 2023 12:33 AM

Watch Extras, one of Ricky Gervais’s series.

by Anonymousreply 8November 20, 2023 12:57 AM

r3 Is it actually boring?

by Anonymousreply 9November 20, 2023 1:30 PM

There is excitement when acting in theater. The prep and rehearsals, the backstage drama and intrigue, the preliminary performance jitters, the adrenelin rush of being onstage and receiving immediate audience feedback.

With film, there is excitement with pre-production stuff, the rehearsals, read-throughs, and just being part of the creative process. But your days on set, filming, are long and boring. You're in makeup and wardrobe for a good 2 hours, meet the crew and wait for everyone to get settled and start whenever the director is ready. Then you shoot for a half hour, doing several takes to get every angle, then you're back to waiting for the crew to set the next scene. Rinse and repeat.

by Anonymousreply 10November 20, 2023 3:09 PM

Are you close to a community theater? Audition for a small part and see if it feeds your soul.

by Anonymousreply 11November 20, 2023 3:20 PM

I acted in student films as an undergraduate. I found the degree of necessary waiting for technical set-ups was wearying in its boredom (not that I had the talent to try for a career in film anyway). While there's a lot of waiting in live theatre (and in life in general), it is of a different quality--there's still more of a dynamic in my experience

by Anonymousreply 12November 20, 2023 3:26 PM

OP - do you have gay voice? I think you do - no work for you!

by Anonymousreply 13November 20, 2023 4:24 PM
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