17 Struggles All Latino Actors Know To Be True
"Hi! I'm here for the role of Waiter #2."
While searching for roles on Backstage and Actors Access, you get ridiculously overjoyed when you see a role with a Latino last name.
You will eventually keep running into the same actors at every audition.
You get frustrated when you see loglines like this: "Looking for extras for a dramatic period piece taking place in 17th-century England."
If you don't look like a supermodel, you can pretty much write telenovelas off the audition list.
At one point or another, you've come across a monologue from Rick Najera's Latinologues.
Your ears start steaming when you read this on a casting notice: "Frida Kahlo. Late 20s. White/Caucasian."
"Color-blind casting" is the greatest thing you can read on an audition notice.
You roll your eyes when you see a Latino character being described as "spicy," "exotic," or "Latin lover."
The frustration of seeing character descriptions like this on an audition notice: "Thug #2. Male. Mid 20s. Latino or African-American."
The annoyance of finding out that a Latino role was given to a Caucasian.
If you're Latino, expect to find yourself (most of the time) supporting the white lead.
If you're an American playing a Latin-American native, your Spanish will never sound 100% authentic, even though you can speak it perfectly.
You will encounter scripts where your character says lines in Spanish, and then repeats them immediately in English.
If you're playing a Latino character who speaks English, and then you spontaneously curse in Spanish, people will always laugh. ALWAYS.
You punch a wall after reading this character description in audition notices: "Sexy Latina. Early to Mid 20s. Nudity required. Think Sofia Vergara."
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."
Michael Peña is awesome.
And so is every Latino and Latina out there making a living off their acting chops. Keep on representing.
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