Living the Dream Podcast # 14
What Actors Mean to Us
When I was in college studying acting, we were told that there was a tried and true path to being a working actor. A path every actor worth respecting has trodden.
Now that I’ve taught acting for fifteen years, and watched the whole business utterly transform in the wake of all sorts of new developments, I’m wondering if that path we were told about in college still exists.
That’s the purpose of this podcast series. Over the next year, I am going to interview actors from all over. I am asking all kinds of actors to share why they act and how they act, in a world of diminished residuals, rising student loan interest rates, reduced network pick-ups, and a dying regional theatre circuit. How are actors faring as the business both widens its spectrum but also narrows the amount of available work? How did their training help prepare them for each and every day?
This episode is different than previous ones. This is Episode 14, and it’s time to take stock.
We will return to our regular scheduled programming next week. Today, I’m going to talk about some actors I miss already. We’re not even three weeks into January yet, and we’ve lost actors and artists that were seismic in their impact. Today we reflect on what actors mean to us, and whether the awards season is the best way to honor them.
Theme song by Chris Martel & Ben Patey.