On top of having a face that people trying to be kind describe as "just so interesting," I am also 5'5", which my first real girlfriend in high school referred to as "not really a marriage height, you know?" The most difficult thing about being short, besides constantly having to be on the lookout for predatory birds, is that it made it difficult for me to get booked as a normie. But I've got one thing going for me, besides a terrible personality that people find funny: I have a beautiful, luscious beard. If I ever decide to quit writing I will absolutely, without question, become one of those guys for whom facial hair is their entire personality. On the bright side, my lovely man-salad is why I got work.
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Because I am NOT what Hollywood thinks an average person looks like. Generally, if they're shooting a totally normal scene that takes place in a major city in the present day, they're looking for men over 6' with a "hot, clean cut look." There's lots of weird euphemisms they couch it in, but if you don't fit into their rigid categories you won't be a fit for the majority of parts. And after you've called in for parts looking for "attractive" people and, after they see your picture, get told "Oh, no. Not you," enough times, it starts to take kind of a toll. Huh -- you know, I'm probably the first person to think this, but I wonder if media's portrayal of "average" people being so unrealistic is leading to a lot people being unhappy with their appearance due to unrealistic standards? Nah, probably not.