Welcome to Catch 22 Hollywood for the average to unknown actor:
In order to be discovered, you must have enough monthly income in place ( or even better, money saved ) to just focus on perfecting your craft for that one shining moment you’ve scored in the casting office, despite all the impossible odds, and, if you’re lucky, in spite of other failed attempts, so that you can believe to your core that you don’t care whether or not you book this job, so that you can be in the moment and book the job, and hopefully, if your footage stays off the cutting room floor and in the production, and you do a really a good job, and people like working with you, someone may see your work, and hire you again.
Or you can rent a devil suit ( pictured above, courtesy The Hollywood Reporter ) and hope to impersonate Crystal the Monkey really well so that you might make a decent living at your chosen career - acting - instead of doing all the other countless things you are actually doing just to make ends meet.
The scary fact: this is the reality of Hollywood pay rates - and why most new acting ( and other ) talent doesn’t last long enough to get “discovered.” If you dream of working in entertainment and you want to become a working actor, please read this entire Hollywood Reporter article very carefully.
You should also consider getting advice to help you avoid the pitfalls described above! There is a free, week-long online program happening soon just for unconventional ( and unknown ) actors with career and life tools from the best of the best. I have already signed up myself ( learning is lifelong, people! ). Check it out here.
And maybe leave the suit rentals for Halloween only.
Copyright 2014 Natasha Younge