SAM's sarcasm is obvious. He's so over the top that, well, people take it serious? wtf?
I keep striving to improve and learn the ropes. The more I prepare, do, and learn, the closer I reach the prize. The industry process becomes more complicated as I learn more. Meet a series of requirements, only to find out the next level has a series of hurdles.
I'm one of the many who came here and had to regroup. One of the many who had strangers in awe of our talent, so we were certain to make it big quick. One of the many who now goes through a challenging process like everyone else here.
There was a time I fit SAM's description. The same can be said for former classmates who went to Yale and NYU. The internet didn't exist then, and they did the exact same thing then that SAM is mocking now
This beg's the question, "Who hasn't come to LA or NYC and expected to make it big quick?"
Actorshelper - thank you for getting it!
Some of you people really need to lighten up. First of all, it's common knowledge that the best way to teach someone a lesson is through humor. And second, if you don't think that article is funny, please stop reading my column. It's not for you. My work is for people who laugh at the farting scene in "Blazing Saddles", not the ones who ask why Mel Brooks is making fun of intestinal illness.
Secret Agent Man
Back Stage Columnist
Man, some people on this thread need to cut the fuck back on judgement.
As if you've never been naive and hoped for a success.
I'm not sure if I can handle the irony here. But hoping for success and being stupid are two different things.
Does anybody know anybody or of anybody who just showed up in town out of nowhere in the last decade without rep, credits or relationships and actually booked a pilot? Can you verify that this really happened outside the typical Hollywood Lieography BS?
Drawing on all the common sense you can muster, which of these options makes more sense?
1. Come to LA for pilot season with no representation, no connections, no relationships and without even knowing your way around town hoping for lightning to strike twice in the same place to a) get you in a room and b) actually book the damn thing. Or ...
2. Stay where you are while saving a few more months' money and move to LA in the spring when the agencies are cleaning out the deadweight on their rosters and seeking new clients and deals on apartments are easier to find planning to get a job, nurture connections and relationships, TRAIN, hopefully book something, possibly submit for rep if you can't get a referral and be ready for at least semi-serious consideration during next pilot season or more reasonably the one after that?
Sarcasm aside, I think that's kind of SAM's point. Those of you who think this shit happens overnight have been watching too much Access Hollywood.
"Give me a couple of years and I'll make that actress an overnight success." Samuel Goldwyn
Being judgmental of people who are trying to pursue their dream -- that's what's wrong here. Guide them, not fucking laugh at them.
That's a pretty good practical joke you threw on Backstage, and your article has indeed come to fruition!
Forgive me if anyone already said it (TLDR, too-long-didn't-read):
Sir, will all due respect, yes it was funny, but when put it side by side with that article where you pulled numbers from actors submissions and agency work... can we have more of that? please? how about the inner numbers of pilot season? there's meat there for sure.
hahahahaha cute story...
I got a good smile out of that one. Very inspiring.. I realize that I'm not the only actor who lives out here and busts my balls..
I also got a little reality check of where my naiveness was at before I moved here.
Silly, cute, and inspiring too
Thanks for sharing Secret Agent Man!
Love is truth.
Perception alters the facts.
Intuition leads the way.
As always, loved SAM's article.
I think the issue is that some actors (and usually the one's with the least amount of training/credits) think that their first booking is going to be a series lead on a hit show and may or may not come down exclusively for pilot season and sadly pack up and leave a few months later.
However, there are also some actors who come to Hollywood from the middle of no where which, to me, makes sense. If there is no work in your small hometown, how are you going to get work?
If you have exhausted your tiny hometown market, then why not come to LA?
PLUS, LA is fun!
Everyone just needs to manage their expectations.
Realistically, if your home town agent wasn't at least getting you self-tapping from home and digitally seen during last year's pilot season, you probably aren't going to GET IN THE ROOM for pilot season this year.
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