If I’ve heard it once, I’ve heard it a thousand times…
…a complaint, made by a performer, that bemoans the fact that they always get cast for the same things.
OK…I’ve got some tough love for you.
Hope this helps!
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I very much agree with you. If I’m lucky enough to get typecast over and over, I’ll be grateful that I’m getting cast over and over. Thanks for the video David.
David, I love your approach. Pragmatic, straightforward, no bullshit. Yes, embrace the fact that you’re being cast at all, and celebrate being cast repeatedly. The people who cast projects are looking for actors that fit the role description (a function of your branding) and who they know can do the job well. This simplifies their jobs, makes them look good, gives you paying work, and increases your prospects of working again. If you, as an actor, have a proven track record doing a specific type of role well, then I’d say you’re doing something right. If you want to branch out beyond your type or brand there are ways of doing that without sabotaging your regular gigs. Be imaginative, be resourceful…network with those who have roles you’d like to play. Write something for yourself and produce it. Push you agent to submit you for the a wider variety of roles. But if you simply can’t tolerate another paying job being “typecast” then quit acting and find another way to be extremely fortunate to get paid for being creative.
I’m still trying to build a brand… to get recognized. I would think to be cast, because your brand is done so well that it’s recognizable, is a win / win.
Couldn’t agree more David. I’d be over the moon to be booking on a regular basis based on my “Type”
People who complain about this are the same people who always see the dark side of every equation—those who snatch defeat from the jaws of victory and wallow in the muck rather than revel in the sun. There will always be those people. It’s a self imposed curse.
How much easier to find one’s niche and strive for perfection than constantly court rejection and wasted efforts of the spaghetti-on-the-wall approach.
Brilliant! Typecast = Type + Cast. Definitely going to pocket this one for later use. It comes up often in my circles. Funny how we insist we’re unique individuals; but then fight so hard against embracing and nurturing our uniqueness. “There’s nobody like me” should walk hand-in-hand with “Nobody does Me like me.” Sadly, it rarely does. And though I’ve never bemoaned my being typecast; I’ve a ways to go on embracing that second mantra. Thanks, for the reminder, David; and the continued encouragement.
Totally agree, David!. An actor has to work, and if your type facilitates bookings, then good for you. Enjoy the fruits of your labors!!