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    17 Struggles All Latino Actors Know To Be True

    "Hi! I'm here for the role of Waiter #2."

    1. While searching for roles on Backstage and Actors Access, you get ridiculously overjoyed when you see a role with a Latino last name.

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    "Garcia?! SUPPORTING ROLE?! YES! YES! YES!"

    2. You will eventually keep running into the same actors at every audition.

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    "Oh, hey! Are you here for the role of Waiter #2?"

    "Yup."

    3. You get frustrated when you see loglines like this: "Looking for extras for a dramatic period piece taking place in 17th-century England."

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    4. If you don't look like a supermodel, you can pretty much write telenovelas off the audition list.

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    Unless you're Eric Estrada.

    5. At one point or another, you've come across a monologue from Rick Najera's Latinologues.

    6. Your ears start steaming when you read this on a casting notice: "Frida Kahlo. Late 20s. White/Caucasian."

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    7. "Color-blind casting" is the greatest thing you can read on an audition notice.

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    8. You roll your eyes when you see a Latino character being described as "spicy," "exotic," or "Latin lover."

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    9. The frustration of seeing character descriptions like this on an audition notice: "Thug #2. Male. Mid 20s. Latino or African-American."

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    "AGAIN?!"

    10. The annoyance of finding out that a Latino role was given to a Caucasian.

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    This happens all the time. ALL. THE. TIME.

    11. If you're Latino, expect to find yourself (most of the time) supporting the white lead.

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    This applies to every minority group. We can circle around the spotlight, but you can't actually be in it. Hopefully, this will change.

    12. If you're an American playing a Latin-American native, your Spanish will never sound 100% authentic, even though you can speak it perfectly.

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    Looking at you Breaking Bad.

    13. You will encounter scripts where your character says lines in Spanish, and then repeats them immediately in English.

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    Like we all do in real life.

    14. If you're playing a Latino character who speaks English, and then you spontaneously curse in Spanish, people will always laugh. ALWAYS.

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    ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    15. You punch a wall after reading this character description in audition notices: "Sexy Latina. Early to Mid 20s. Nudity required. Think Sofia Vergara."

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    16. Feeling ridiculously happy when you land a role that's not a one-dimensional, stereotypical portrayal of a gang member, waiter, housekeeper, gardener, or "Latin object of desire."

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    A meaty role? WHAT IS HAPPENING?! HALLELUJAH!!!

    17. Michael Peña is awesome.

    And so is Zoe Saldana.

    And so is every Latino and Latina out there making a living off their acting chops. Keep on representing.

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