I'm Done!

  • Tony Coughlan

    Actor

    Hi everybody, hope your all well?

    After careful consideration and months of soul searching I have decided to cease my asperations as an actor.

    I have wonderful memories, and I much as I enjoyed the actual work, alot of factors I didn't like and I struggled with.

    and as well thinking of my family, as sad as it is it his the best decision for me and will now pursue other passions and interests.

    I have enjoyed reading the forums and comments by all actors on this site, and I mean this from the heart I wish you all the very very best in your careers as performers.

    I hope you all have more luck and happiness than I did, and look forward to watching you all on TV of film with my popcorn :)

    Much love and luck

    Tony :)

    • 25th Jun 2013
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  • Andrew Wright

    Actor

    Shame Tony as you have loads of work under your belt even more work than me this year so far.

    Have you thought about taking a small break or time out ?

    • 15th May 2013
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  • Tony Coughlan

    Actor

    Hi Andrew,

    Over the last 5 years I've had about 4 breaks and time outs and I come back and as much as I enjoy the performance, there to many cons than pros in my eyes, and I have to think about my young family.

    Maybe I'm tired of trying to impress and compete and 'kiss ass'.

    I am working in my other passions which are bringing in more money for me, plus it will be nicer when I earn money I can bank it, rather than earning it and spending it get to audtions here there and everywhere.

    THanks for your compliments on my CV but for the work and money i've earned i've probably spent more than double that on getting to auditions so I was losing money rather than making money, I'm i'm sure you'll do well Andrew.

    • 15th May 2013
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  • Andrew Wright

    Actor

    Tony, at the moment I am doing the earning and spending asap on auditions but I could never see me going back to retail (real job) so I push as much as I can and stress loads sometimes but I have worked and been around so many great people in this business to leave is like giving up on a new family.

    I am also tired of trying to impress and compete and 'kiss ass' but it does give me a buzz when I do receive a call or email to say I have that job.

    However I wish you the best in your other passions but off the record maybe keep acting in the background ?

    • 15th May 2013
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  • Tony Coughlan

    Actor

    Of Course, I do understand, but maybe the cons are so strong it does dampen my buzz when I do get something, and I worry that things aren't consistant.

    Again I understand it's the nature of the beast so to speak but I have strong Video Edting Skills which make me quite a bit of money and working in Sports Marketing is a huge passion of mine.

    And in those industries I've already impressed people and give me regular work.

    It's a state of mind thing for me as well, and maybe the cons have dampend my passion for it.

    But I would encourge you to continue, and all actors on here, you will all get there :)

    • 15th May 2013
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  • Stephen Moriaty

    Actor

    I am sure that it was a very difficult decision to reach. All the very best to you and if you can still make money doing other things that you love then its not all bad.

    • 15th May 2013
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  • Dan Gregory

    Actor

    I took some time out when the kids were at secondary school. Taught Drama & Theatre Studies. Came back refreshed and with the mortgage paid off.

    I managed to create my own work in the holidays too so all was not lost.

    • 15th May 2013
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  • Melissa Hartzel

    Actor

    I wish you the best of luck with your future endeavours. I agree that family has to come first and only you know what is the right path to take and when to take it. All the best on your next journey.

    • 15th May 2013
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  • Farah Sardar

    Actor

    I don't earn any money from my acting, but have a part time job. It is very much a hobby until you get your big break. It's something you can do alongside your main career.

    I've still had some great experience with mainstream channels & established actors & casting directors.

    I'm more picky about the roles I go for now and post regularly on You Tube. Strategies need to change with time to suit.

    • 16th May 2013
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  • Tony Coughlan

    Actor

    Maybe a do need a long break and re-evaluate where I wanna be.

    Thanks for the support guys anyway. :)

    • 16th May 2013
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  • Ceejay Sargent

    Actor

    You have to do what feels right for you Tony.

    And it's great that you have other passions which can provide you with more lucrative work. And you've got the contacts and the skills that mean you can always dip back into acting occasionally if you feel the urge ;-)

    Wishing you all the best for your future. Xxx

    • 17th May 2013
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  • Will Lewis

    Actor

    I think you should be commended for making such a brave massive decision - i'm also wondering if i should contemplate a return to real jobs despite being passionate about acting - unfortunately money, time, confidence and luck comes into it and its easy to get all that with acting

    • 17th May 2013
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  • Scott Jamie Allen

    Actor

    in life do what makes you happy if thats what you wanna do then do it....

    x

    • 18th May 2013
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  • Charles Delaney

    Actor

    ....You've got guts to walk mate;

    Well this industry is all about getting over not getting booked 95%....sorry, let me correct that,98.5% of the time and most of the time people get booked because of what they look like not how well they act!

    An industry more interested in style over substance with nearly zero per cent meritocracy and no decent unionised representattion.EG, if you haven't 'paid your dues' and turn up on set in the USA without a union card membership,union members 'down tools' and walk!

    Anyway. it's an industry full of cons but I'm 'a sucker' for a ridiculous challenge...always have been...always will!

    All the best for the future,

    'Pole'

    • 18th May 2013
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  • Mark Kempner

    Actor

    Take care Tony....wish you all the luck in the world. LOL: You are the sensible one amongst us all!!

    Its always here for you should you decide to return....

    Best to you mate.

    • 19th May 2013
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  • Jack Cooper

    Actor

    I feel that most people in this industry want a top performance from the person on the frontline.The Actor.It seems to me though we are not particularly valued because even if we are very experienced and talented their I'd always a que of other actors behind us willing to work for very little or in some cases nothing.I too have set myself a date to either achieve the goals I have set or retire from acting.In these hard times you can't survive on scraps.Good Luck to you all.I hope things get better or the standard of acting will suffer

    • 20th May 2013
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  • Jenna Sharpe

    Actor

    All the best Tony. I think a break from the acting world could be good for you. It doesn't have to be the end, you could always come back to it and sods law just as you decide to jack it all in you will get loads of auditions! :)

    • 20th May 2013
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  • Adam Anouer

    Actor

    God bless ya Tony. You never wanna see a good guy give up on his ability but you seem like a really nice guy man. I really hope you'll change your mind mate but if that isn't the case...it's really nice knowing you man. It's people like you who make the whole industry an honour to be part of.

    • 20th May 2013
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  • Tony Coughlan

    Actor

    Thank you everybody, there's alot of talented guys and gals on here, a lot of you can act better than alot of a listers and big names, but the industry mostly goes with looks and names, which makes me angry.

    I think a lot of us get taken advantage of and we are not paid enough, good acting is a talent and skill yet if your not a name its a hard fight, i may come back to it but I fear the industry will never change. Im on Facebook if any of you wanna chat and want any help or advice, your probably all stronger than me for keeping going but My young family is more important than how many CD I can impress.

    • 21st May 2013
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  • Stephen Moriaty

    Actor

    Tony, by the time I realised that this was what I really should have been doing with my life I was married, with children and a mortgage so I stuck with am/dram until the children were older and the family was more financially secure. I know that if I had tried to do it earlier I would not have my wonderful family around me because this is quite a selfish life. So I understand what you are doing and why, but just wanted to add that it is something you can come back to at any age.

    • 21st May 2013
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