"Mom, I want to
be an actor!"... ...silence. an awkward stare. What about your dental
career? she might say. What about your scholarship to MIT? These
are hard questions, but at a certain point you may have to address
these very issues with Mom and Dad should you make the decision to
be an actor and follow in the footsteps of your favorite stars.
Maybe you'll luck out, and many people with supportive parents and
families benefit greatly from having that support system behind them
as they enter the cold, hard, unforgiving world of Hollywood and
the studio system. Most people decide to be an actor when they are
quite young, so at least their parents have a while to get used to
the idea. For others, the decision is sudden, brought on by having
viewed some classic piece of cinema that opened their eyes to the
great possibilities in acting, or participation in a school play
that changes their life forever after.
Some even end up becoming an actor after already having had an entire
career doing something else, and they get in, or back in, to acting
to make a little side money and to have some fun. Whatever your situation,
becoming an actor is a life-long process, and most of our greatest
actors will tell you, they still work on their craft every day, trying
to become an even better actor.