When to quit?

  1. I noticed that you specifically said “good reps on paper.” That makes me wonder if you’re either being hippocketed, or something happened like your agent left or something? But my first instinct is that you may indeed need new reps, or at least need to work on your relationship with your reps. But if you’re indeed with a good agency and are a white guy, you’d at least be getting auditions for like low budget indie movies. Those all look for a white guy of some kind. But there are things not lining up, so either there’s info missing or your reps could be lying to you.

  2. Dude, you're really successful! You don't need to be a major name to be talented! You're doing great as it is! Hold out for your break, but also remember to appreciate how far you've come.

  3. Appreciate the comment. I try to keep the faith, and I've been so close to a break in the past. It's just the endless struggle of trying to get a chance to be seen so your work can speak for itself. I'm now at the age where I've invested so much, personally and financially, that I don't know what else I could do.

  4. We've all been there, hell I'm still there, been in this game for 7 going on 8 years, had a little bit of success here and there, but no accolades like you. I also have an agent that I get maybe 5 auditions a year from(Yes, you read that right). I submit for projects on my own via AA but I seldom get called in, I have a decent resume am a great looking guy with great shots, but still nobody wants to give me a chance, but...... I have absolutely NO desire to quit. I've already made the decision that I'm going to die doing this, whether I'm successful or not, this is the life I chose, im just waiting for it to choose me. As others have said, take a break, pick up a hobby, cycling and coding are a few of my favorites. Just relax and enjoy your life for what it is, and don't stress over what it isn't. There's no point in stressing over something you can't control. But no matter what, don't quit, you've already come this far. Keep going. But remember to stop and smell those roses..... I hear they're beautiful this time of year. ;)

  5. This is the most inspirational post about acting I’ve read! Thank you!! I’m going to save it and reread in the times of need. And you’re absolutely destined for success with that attitude, good luck!

  6. Have you spoken to your reps about this? Or perhaps your actor friends at a similar level? Maybe if you ask your reps they can help clarify if your thoughts about your accent are actually a hindrance or if it’s just one of those times in your life—wish you the best.

  7. Thank you. I've expressed my thoughts in a roundabout way, asking if there's anything I can do to help with their submissions / getting seen. They say my reel is great and that it has just been slow lately. My manager has been upfront that it is difficult to be seen as there are just so many white guys, and casting for the sorts of roles I'm going for tends to trend towards diversity.

  8. I've been acting on Film & Tv for 15+ years - I look at it as a marathon not a race. Good years and bad years. It's hard putting so much effort into a career that doesn't always give back. Nothing wrong with a break - take time to explore other opportunities. Acting will always be there.

  9. It doesn't seem like you want to quit, it seems like you want to quit feeling like this. And that's completely normal! Every actor, even the extremely successful ones, experience burnout, dissatisfaction, etc. It seems like right now what you should be doing is putting all this energy into something else. I feel you - haven't had a casting in many weeks, but if you're already self submitting and you're content with your agent, either put on an strategy to be seen (f.x. social media, workshops, stuff people already recommended) or try to work on other stuff. What other hobbies do you have, apart from acting? What other short or long term goals do you want? From what you said, you are a perfectly good profile and, despite what they say, white people are still casted like 80% more than non white people. September is on its way, keep your hopes up!

  10. I think it's time to change reps especially if you've had a conversation with them and nothing has changed

  11. Is your American accent self taught, or professionally trained? That’s the only thing you mentioned that could potentially be holding you back — to someone who grew up elsewhere, your American accent may sound flawless. For those of us who are native speakers, we may be able to pick up on flaws or oddities that would stand out for a character who is supposed to have grown up in the US.

  12. Very professionally taught. To the tune of more money than I care to admit. Dialect training is expensive. I've trained with a few different highly regarded coaches, including THE top coach in LA. Coach to Colin Farrell, Tom Hanks, among many other recognizable names. As a result, she's usually on set.

  13. I'd gladly audition for a play. I'm not given the opportunity. I've taken more than enough classes. That's not the issue though. It's just getting the chance to audition for roles and build a meaningful career. I self-submit, I reach out with my latest news RE film screenings / awards, but it doesn't lead to anything. I'm lost in the crowd. Bookings come from building relationships and making an impression. When I don't have the opportunity to do either of those things it just feels like I'm spinning my wheels.

  14. This person is beyond student films by their description. I know you think you’re helping but you’re just giving one size fits all advice that doesn’t work for everyone.

  15. Acting is hard, there will be extremely dry times but there will also be extremely great times! It just sucks that your in a low time. You got this! Keep going! If its truly your passion you wouldnt let these rough times stop you :) . Its definitely easier said then done, but just remember this industry is so competitive but your already in a great direction. Use this time to take classes, work on new skills, a new hobby that can turn into a new skill for a role! You got this!

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