Also, for the record, in addition to my previous comment which only touched on the romantic relationship question - my entire family and circle of friends have been nothing but supportive and encouraging. I would say my parents had been pushing me to pursue acting as a career and believed in me long before I believed in myself.
There was a comment above saying that if it affects your romantic relationships in a negative way then it is in part due to the actors selfishness.
I agree that some are more selfish than others, but let's not pretend this is a trait exclusive to actors.
It takes effort on both sides of the romantic relationship to make it work successfully.
But if you TRULY LOVE the art of acting, and would do this for the rest of your life even if it meant you never "made it", then your pursuit is nothing sort of admirable - NOT selfish.
That's definitely part of the ticket. I keep my body clock set to get up at 0400 and am usually sound asleep by 8:30 pm so the typical 20-something late night clubbing and sex 'til dawn on the weekends thing just isn't on the agenda. My "late night" involves Happy Hour. And to think my mom used to get pissed and ground me if I came home one minute after midnight ... I dated an athlete who kept similar hours when I was in New York but most other civilians just don't seem to get it. I suppose it could mesh with someone in the military or a warehouse worker or some such, but I don't run into many of those ...
In regards to the dating thing, it's not a matter of selfishness for me in the slightest, it's a matter of the fact that women expect you to buy them things and take them places, and that is hard to do when there is no money in my wallet.
Now before any ladies out there respond that not all women are like that, yes, this is true, not ALL are, but most of them are.
My family has been supportive, though are probably getting frustrated that I have been at it awhile and don't have as much to show for it as I (and they) would like.
Meh....I don't date actors and I'm already involved. So its a non issue.
Well, what family I have keeps asking when they're gonna see me next, which is cool. Other actors(if you work) are jealous, and can be quite vindictive. they project their failures onto you. Women tend to hit you with the "how can I get this asshole to help me" series of questions if they see you're doing well. the sex seems to be dependent on how helpful they think you can be I've been stopped in the street and told that they really enjoyed my work, and I've been laughed at in the street because people know my face, and they knew I was struggling(yes, really). Once anonymity is lost, it stays lost.
it's the price you pay.
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