However, it's another thing entirely when an actor complains about being typecast as a television or movie actor. It's usually the former, as it's hard for someone to publicly complain "I have to make 60 million per film AND hang out with Charlize Theron? I don't want to get known for that!" without getting a nationwide chorus of "BOOOOOOO!" Every once in a while, you'll see someone talk about the mire of television as if it's an inescapable death march toward irrelevance, forgetting to mention that they're already wealthy and famous from being on TV. They're about as made as it gets, but woe is life, for they just read another pilot script about a half dozen friends that hang out in New York City. It's so difficult to be in demand.
And they all love meeting at the same restaurant, every day, and no one ever questions it or hopes for a better life.
When I started writing to supplement my income, I worked a bit as a copywriter. It wasn't terrible, as, for a few hours each week, I'd bang out some stuff about why these new blue jeans are the comfiest, or why you should buy the living fuck out of this vacuum cleaner. But in the throes of the screeching birth of my career, I remarked to someone "I really hope that I don't get known for being a copywriter, as I'd like to write other things." And he replied with the best possible advice for that scenario:
"Oh, fuck off."
With TV shows, you can get tied into multi-season contracts. This leaves you watching, puppy-in-the-window style, as all of your friends snag those choice movie roles. But try telling anyone in the world who isn't doing what they want to do that you are, but it's not the right kind of exactly what you want to do. Sure, I was copywriting, but I was also writing articles for other websites, and just that. I didn't have a second day job. I was writing for a living. If anything, my side gig was apparently being viciously annoying because now I was complaining that I had achieved my dream job, but just not in the right way.
"I just wish someone would pay me to write about anything I wanted, all the time," Daniel thought, with absolutely no self-awareness.
I don't want to end this column with a big "Be thankful for what you have," so instead, I'll end it with a "Damn, people." A rich TV actor whining about not being a rich movie actor has taken on a great new character: the most unrelatable person on the planet. It's an awesome role, and despite what anyone says, in your own mind, you're always the lead.
Daniel has a blog.
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