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Welcome to pt 4 of the series, ‘Being a Christian in Hollywood’. Last week I reviewed the present state of my job opportunities while keeping the faith in this town, this week we’re going to talk about the future. At present, the roles for my type in commercials are numerous (jackpot). In film/tv? Eh, not so much. Just based on age and gender alone, the number of roles I could conceivably go in for on any given breakdown are slim. By one day of breakdowns last week, I counted 46 projects. There were numerous roles listed for each. There were a total of 6 roles that were my gender and age range. Eesh. Clearly I am not currently in a desirable demographic for TV/Film. That’s ok. That changes eventually. While I don’t feel optimistic about my chances at TV/Film at this state in my career, the positive side is that it motivates me to create my own work. This accomplishes several things. It flexes my writing muscles, it challenges me to tell interesting stories, and it tells them how I want to tell them. As someone who loves being the boss, this naturally appeals to me. An actor has very little say on someone else’s set. On your own? The sky is the limit.
Currently I’m nearly finished editing my 30 minute British comedy, Priscilla, that I wrote and directed. As soon as that is completed, I have several script ideas brewing in my head that I’ll jump on, including a sitcom and a stage musical. The future holds lots of self produced material, in my minds eye, and I’m excited to see what happens. I’ve spent a good deal of time thinking about what my future career looks like, ideally. What types of projects do I want to do? What stories do I want to tell? It’s a good idea to have a solid, specific idea of what you want so you can work towards it, rather than a nebulous “I want to act”. So, here’s the types of films I want to do:
I love watching these, and I’m certain I will love being a part of those stories. Unfortunately they are also the most expensive to make, and make the least revenue at the box office, thereby decreasing their viability in studio heads minds. So, what do you do? Make your own of course!
My list of roles/films I’m not interested in doing has expanded to include horror films, reality tv, and faith based films. There’s been a tightening of the reigns on the stories I want to be a part of, and it might lead one to think that there are very few crumbs left on the table from which to feast. Faith based films? I adhere to the idea that we don’t need more Christian films. We need more Christians making films. By the time a script has gone through every religious filter possible in order not to offend, the story has been sanitized and loses a lot of its meaning. (see previous post 1 about people imposing their own ideas of what it means to be a religious artist) I don’t watch those movies, so I don’t care to tell those stories. It doesn’t mean they are without value, I just don’t care for it.
Horror films and reality tv suck the lifeblood of humanity and leave them with a sad shell of ‘unreality’ with which to live. The same with our current explosion of violent sex scenes on TV and film. If couples were actually having as much sex as Nicole Kidman and Alexander Skarsgard’s character are having in Big Little Lies, they would be unemployed and have a raging UTI. Seriously, people. These portrayals on your screen are unrealistic at best, and damaging to our perception of normality in our relationships at worst. Stop using women as objects. Just stop. It doesn’t make them a ‘strong’ character. It just perpetuates the myth that our value lies only in sex. I don’t watch a lot of shows/films because of this. I don’t want to be in those stories either.
I could talk about the future and my idea of what is great and gives me hope for a long while, but this post needs to be wrapped up, so we’ll save more on the future for next week!