promotion image of download ymail app
Promoted
Anonymous
Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesTheater & Acting · 2 months ago

Will Most People Fail at An Acting Career?

If they do, how can you prove this?

6 Answers

Relevance
  • Lili
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Yes, but some people do make it, so if you are serious about it and willing to work hard -- putting some other life dreams on hold for a while -- it's worth doing. You may still get something out of it, even if you don't make it as an actor.

    I have friends who are professional actors. One waited tables for years and was beginning to think she should give up when she got a break.  She is now a VERY successful actor and won an Oscar some years ago.

    Another got small parts and commercials for a while but realized that an acting career probably wasn't going to work out. He went back to school and got a graduate degree. He now has another career, but he loved his years in the business and wouldn't trade them for anything.

    I also have two friends who work steadily but their names would not be recognizable to you.  They have "made it" and can support themselves as actors, but they are not famous, not rich, and are not going to be starring in anything. 

    How can you prove it?  Well, we know how many people are on agents' books at any given moment and what percentage of them go on to have genuinely successful careers.  And agents could tell you how many people TRY to get on their books and are rejected.

    • Commenter avatarLog in to reply to the answers
  • Cogito
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    That depends on what you mean by 'fail'.

    Success, in terms of professional acting, really means getting more than ten days' paid acting work a year.  More than that it unusual.

    The vast majority of actors have to work an ordinary job throughout their lives alongside acting just to afford to pay their bills.  But few of them would consider that to be 'failure'.

    Some actors spend many years getting training and experience but never win a single paid role.  But if they have enjoyed the process and get to regularly perform with a good community theatre, again I wouldn't call that 'failure'.

    Maybe 'failure' is not even trying?

    • Commenter avatarLog in to reply to the answers
  • Pearl
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    i dont think they all fail at it

    • Commenter avatarLog in to reply to the answers
  • 2 months ago

    Depends on how you choose to define “success” or “failure”. There are many professional actors who feel they succeed at their careers without becoming a house hold name or making it big and many actor s who are one-hit wonders and then fizzle out.  And there are a ton of wannabe actors who run off to Hollywood dreaming of being discovered and “fail” because that’s not how the industry works.

    Attempting a professional acting career is basically starting and running a company where you are the product being marketed and sold. Approaching it that way does increase chances of not failing.Acting is gig work.  Getting one job doesn’t guarantee that you’ll get another job any tome soon.  Actors can have good years and bad years.  So it really is up to an actor to define the priorities in their life and define success for themselves.

    • Commenter avatarLog in to reply to the answers
  • What do you think of the answers? You can sign in to give your opinion on the answer.
  • 2 months ago

    Professional acting (Hollywood) is like professional football (the NFL).  There are always a very limited number of vacancies and lots of people who want them. 

    • Commenter avatarLog in to reply to the answers
  • 2 months ago

    get all their names and write an essay

    • Commenter avatarLog in to reply to the answers
Still have questions? Get answers by asking now.