Acting is a Job or a Passion???

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I just want to see what you think?


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Leila Reid
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according to the dictionary it is a job as you get paid for it but you need to have a passion for it otherwise we would give up with all the crap that we go through and put up with. But isn't that the same with the majority of jobs don't people do them because they have a passion for them?

lilo xox


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I think Leila's right - and that's what makes it a vocation. There are many vocational careers - nursing, teaching, etc - and those nurses and teachers will also tell you they put up with a lot of crap but wouldn't do anything else. And as we mere mortals think of them as professionals - let's not forget we are too! And is it just a thought that's striking me - but are many of the other vocational careers those traditionally chosen by women? Does that say something - or is that a new discussion? Hmmm...


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if we didnt need money to survive i'd act for nothing. if (and hopefully i will one day) i become filthy rich to the point were i could easily retire, i'd act for free. i'd tell my employer to spread my wages among the cast!


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Neill - you're a love! Can I work for you?


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Its my heart and soul, and i would never be able to do any other job with such passion purley for the reason i am a actor that loves her job.


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I'd say acting wast the opposite to most jobs Leila. Most jobs I think people do becaue they need the money, like bus drivers, train drivers, traffic wardens etc. I doubt they have a genuine passion for it. Most office workers kind of feel the same way too (some may be passionate about the work they do but I doubt it was their dream since childhood). Acting is different, we don't do it because we need the money, as the majority of us simply don't earn a regular income through acting, but instead do it because we are following a dream. In that sense, I simply don't consider the whole thing to just be a "job". Although the likes of Adam Woodyatt (Twenty-three years in Eastenders) or Bill Roach (FORTY-EIGHT years in Coronation St.) probably feel differently now, which brings a whole new discussion to mind ... would you rather play the same part in a soap for the rest of your life or never act again? And if you did play the same part in a soap for the rest of your life do you think you would retain your passion for acting or just simply start to think of it as a "job"?


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samantha, by all means you can work with me. but i warn you, while i'm poor i'll be taking my wages and running!

lol

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I get paid for the waiting around, I do the acting for free!


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For me, Acting is a job! I used to have a huge passion for it - now I just turn up-give the best show I can and go home with a nice wage. I sometimes feel a little guilty that I dont LOVE it anymore and still get work. Dont get me wrong, I enjoy my job but to say Im passionate about it would be a fib!

I do go through phazes though so maybe my raging passion will return one day :)

Besides, there is nothing else I am trained to do and would never give up...hang on..im feeling a little passion lol


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I hope that you get your passion back, after all, without passion it becomes a chour. Passion invites your best work to take place, passion is what makes your heart race, passion is what makes the world go around. Without passion in anything that you do, life would be one big chour and a large boar!


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Alan Brent
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It may be a 'chore' but I don't know about an Native Indian Cooking pot (chour).
May be it's something 'spiritual'.


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Yah, passion is, "breaking up marriages and relationships" because of time and money commitments
Passion is coming between your landlord and you through lack of finances.
Passion is loosing friends through you not listening to reason and being blinded by "passion".
Passion is being constantly frustrated because nobody sees things like you do.
Passion is not being able to fit into normal society when you aren't acting
Passion is watching all around you enjoy Christmas when you cant afford to
Passion is listening to people tell you that they have never seen you in anything and therefore you cant be any good
Passion is realising at around 50 plus you've been robbed of your life and left with nowhere else to go.
Passion is paying out train fares with the money you had set aside for food that week.
Passion is putting your heart and soul on the line day in day out, only to have it dismissed.
Passion is, the wrong name for this, there is another more appropriate one. Can you guess what it is?


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lol...yes i ment chore! As if you didn't already guess!


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Toni Brooks
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Blimey Kevin - are you still acting? I'm going to go and make a cup of coffee now - you've quite depressed me :-))


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Hi Toni, yes, well I have to, it's my Passion! lol


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Wow, Kevin, that was from the heart.
Yes, it's depressing but it's also heartening that you're not alone. I've been feeling a little like that recently. I don't tell most people I meet outside the industry what I do for a living (sorry, a passion)because I can't stand the look they give you when you tell them what you've been in. (Fringe Theatre, basically). I don't need the general public judging me too!
But give it up? It's just not an option. What would I have to whinge about then?
x


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Yeah or the 'so you want to be in Corrie then?' response......sigh!


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Toni Brooks
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I can't remember which magazine I read it in but there was an article about Natalie Cassidy and how she's finding it difficult to get work and has to rely now on getting theatre jobs! I was going to write in but then thought what the heck!


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Nathan Head
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ha yeah. i hate it when i am introduced to someone who isn't in the industry and they ask "what have you been in?"
when i mention the odd unknown short film or fringe play (even if it got great reviews) they usually give one of the three responses...


"oh, so nothing I'd know then"
"I have a friend who did extra work"
"have you done Corrie?"



ho hum.... but as everyone else here has been saying= I LOVE IT TO BITS! I WOULD NEVER CHANGE MY PROFESSION EVER!

:-D there


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or the line, " I'd better get your autograph now then"!


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