Mr. Bad Example Strikes Again!
Is there something about being an actor that turns us all into obsessive-compulsive nutjobs, or does it merely cause those with latent tendencies to blossom into full-blown Tony-Shalhoub-as-Monk neurotics? Or am I just trying to universalize something that applies only to me, so I don't feel like such a schmuck?
This is the third — and, God willing, final — part in my series of "Hey, kids, don't do what I did" columns, in which I expose myself to massive public ridicule by revealing one of my many idiotic career moves in the hope that it will serve as an object lesson for others. (You're welcome.)
So last month, like any good shamelessly self-promoting actor, I decided to build myself a website — a simple, convenient place for casting directors to go to see my headshots, résumé, and reel. Not that there's been any burning need for such a place, you understand, but someday I do hope to end my current self-imposed exile from acting and I wanted to be prepared. But building an acting website involves tricky choices, and the one that stymied me was: Which résumé do I post?
-- David Fairhurst
David Fairhurst is an actor and freelance writer, a member of SAG and Equity, and a lifetime member of the Actors Studio. You can reach him at DFairhurst@backstage.com.