Let me catch you up. I've worked four projects since last September: Ghosted, OA, KFC (commercial), and most recently, Bosch. I've also sold a couple of my short stories, and I just finished a short novel.
|14 hours dancing on the set for KFC|
What I should be doing: making more sketch vids for Funny or Die, recording some of my new songs, and marketing!
I've gotta confess - I'm not great at getting online and doing marketing. It's not that I don't know how, it's just that it's more fun to create stuff than it is to sell what I've created. But, whether it's our acting, or sketches, or songs, or whatever - we do need to get our stuff out there and let it be seen (or heard).
However, that's not what this post is about. It's about how you can do a role, for a TV show, or film, or music vid, or whatever and you tell your friends that you did it, and you find out when it's going to be on, and everybody you know is watching ... and you're not in it! This happened on a TV show I did recently.
Yeah - major drag. You call your agent and he says: "You got paid, right? So that's all you can expect." And you say - "But I want to be seen!" So what can you do? The answer is - nothing. Actors get cut from projects all the time. It happens to big names and small names. And it's usually not about your acting ability. It might be for time (they need it shorter to fit a time slot on TV, it might be because the director had an idea that this would be a really cool scene, but then in the editing room, the scene just doesn't work.
And it's worse when it's a commercial, because it means no residuals (fortunately, I did stay in the KFC commercial). But it's all part of an actor's life. There are just things we can't control. We do our best work, but after that it's out of our hands. Unless ... we're creating our own projects. And even then, once we start editing, we might cut down our own role, or drop a favorite scene, because it slows down the flow, or because it seemed like a great idea at the time, but now we can see that it just doesn't work.
I did something like that in a story I wrote. In my first draft, I had a scene I thought was hilarious ... but when I got to the second draft, I realized - it just didn't work for the story - it was like a stand-alone scene that didn't fit. I still thought it was funny, but it had to go. It's called "killing your babies."
The only thing we can do, is to keep working. And check on IMDb to see if the producers have put up a credit for you on the project. If the cast is listed, and you're not there - it usually means your scene(s) is gone. And at least then you can tell your friends not to look for you.
And keep the faith - out of all the actors who auditioned, you booked the role! And that means there will be more to come.
Send me your questions, or let me know what you've been up to. I really do love to hear!