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I’ve been asking this question in the podcast from the start. So I figured it was time we got a definitive answer. Not from me, obviously. Over resident ‘acting cheerleader’, Anthony English…
Luck, fate, kismet. It has a variety of names and everyone of them it can be an absolute bastard.
I loved drama school. I was a ‘mature’ student you see, and even though there were things I didn’t like about drama school, I found my bliss there after years of trying to find fulfilment in other careers. So, when the head of my course asked me what I really wanted in the future, the words that came out of my mouth shocked me, “a family” I said, “and to earn my living as an actor”. I got my wish, but the reality feels very different to the dream.
There’s a thing about being an actress that initially affects women more than men. While the men are affected in the long term, generally, they don’t stop working at any point in the lead up.
Having a baby.
Jonathan’s argument is eloquently put, and most importantly, he knows what works for him. Everyone has different systems for coping with rejection, and sometimes having a job gradually dissolve from your consciousness is relatively painless. But by the results of the poll, it would seem he may be in the minority.
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