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19 Things Out-Of-Work Actors Are Sick Of Hearing

"Yeah, but what's your proper job?"

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1. "Ooh, you're an actor? Can you cry on command for me right now?"


"Oh you're a policeman you say? Can you arrest me right now just for lolz?"

2. "Yeah, but what's your proper job?"

20th Television

Some people seem to think you literally have to co-star with Ian McKellen in order to be in any way validated in this profession.

3. "So when will I see you in Eastenders?"

20th Television

From the mouth of everyone over the age of 65.

4. "Why couldn’t you have done that part?"

Warner Bros. Television

Said in reference to any TV character regardless of race, size, gender, or age.

5. Or... ‘"They look JUST like you, you could’ve done this part!"

New Line Cinema

Yes they do, but I didn’t, so pass me that popcorn for me to cry into and we'll say no more about it, eh?

6. "So when you're acting how much do you earn?"


There is so much fascination around how much actors earn. You wouldn’t ask anyone else that question!

7. "Why don't you apply for a show like Britain's Got Talent?"

FremantleMedia Enterprises

Because a five minute dramatic monologue is exactly what the Royal Variety has been missing all these years.

8. "So are you famous?"

HBO / Via

Exactly what about having 20 part-time jobs in order to be able to feed myself suggests "famous" to you?

9. "When do you think you'll be ready to buy a house like us?"

Passion Distribution

Obviously we're genuinely pleased for our friends with their stable incomes, but we also know that being self-employed and trying to get a mortgage aren't exactly a match made in heaven.

10. "It's such a shame you gave it all up, why did you do that?"

Sony Pictures Television


11. "You can't be an actor because you don't do it full time."

Disney–ABC Domestic Television

Yes but sir, also consider this: On the odd occasion that you're not actively saying rude things you're probably still rude in general aren't you? It's all relative.

12. "I know how tough it is, I did drama for GCSE too."

Lionsgate Television

That's great Sharon, and my nan taught me how to do cross-stitch, but I'm not about to start relating to your surgeon sister bucking under NHS pressure am I?

13. "Maybe you should just do it for the CV credit."

Paramount Pictures

Nothing will ever justify applying for some parts.

14. "Romeo and Juliet? Wow, I didn't realise you did proper stuff like that."

When you proudly announce that you finally have a great job and Sharon's still thinking about high school.

15. "Why don't you just get a new agent?"

Warner Bros

If only it were that easy. To attract a new agent you generally want to be able to invite them to something you’re in… and therein lies the issue.

16. "You don't need to do this. You were on TV once, you must be rich!"

Paramount Pictures

Adverts can pay very well, but a one-off commercial is rarely a quick-fire route from rags to riches.

17. "How did your little bit of drama go?"

CBS Television Distribution

There's nothing wrong with doing drama, but the absolute determination of some people not to refer to acting as acting is frustrating and fascinating in equal measure.

18. "Maybe they decided to take the female lead in a different direction?"


In the direction of another male lead no doubt. Or maybe they decided to cast a robot. Or a horse. Or just anything not me.

19. "Four auditions in one week?? That's great!"


That IS great, but this also tends to happen when it's been quiet enough that you deem it safe to book an expensive holiday for that very week.