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Are you sick and tired of watching less talented people work all the time and you can't even get the audition?
The writers' are threatening another strike to get paid what they're worth.
Ever wonder why actors don't do the same?
Ever wonder why actors no longer get their quote but are paid the industry minimum across the board?
Ever wonder why you're stuck in recurring or guest star or co star for the same shows over and over again?
Or worse yet, the same damn show with a new name: another hospital, legal drama with another poorly behaved, moderately talented entitled melanin challenged boy at the center of the show being paid $350K per episode while you can barely get more than $1200 a day after a decade in the business for work that props up a less talented actor?
So here's the skinny:
if more actors started saying "no" to working for the same salary for 20 years or getting less and less each year, producers would find a way to pay more...actor would strike and that would change, right?
Uh, not anywhere on God's green earth is that happening and here's why:
So much of our self esteem is wrapped up in somebody 'wanting' us that we're willing to accept less and less each year for the entirety of our careers...
The commercial world is s dead end for actors who used to make a living doing that. The possibility of a primetime series regular is almost impossible because networks keep you at recurring and won't pay your quote. They now have a flat rate for a guest star and it matters not what you made on your last job.
They do this to keep the star satisfied and hire you to prop up his performance.
In other words, privileged white men are still running the game ,making more each year while you make less.
The Black Lives Matter Movement was not only about privilege, but also the death of this idea that there is equity in America.
In short, if you don't believe you're worth it and require compensation and treatment accordingly, you won't get it.
There is no meritocracy.
So, what's a girl to do:
Figure out what you're worth and set that as your agenda.
Instead of running around begging for the same job, doing the same role for less money year after year.
Now, how do we do that?
It's not only possible, but my clients are working for salaries worthy of them. It's a process and not an impossible one.
It's called TheDreamingOutLoudEmotional Type Technique.
It's a game changer that concerns itself with what you want and not what the industry is willing to pay you. Because make no mistake, TV/Film IS corporate America where the ethos is pay as little as possible to get as much as possible.
Well, you're not a bargain basement special. You didn't spend years training, hitting the boards around the country and jumping through hoops to please directors and casting directors only to not get paid what you're worth.
I'm teaching a class this weekend.
If you want in,
fill out the survey,
join the Zoom and
get yours instead of
waiting for permission.
April Yvette Thompson