acting professionally

For the unprepared person, learning that "the number of self supporting career actors- those who can be said to make their living as actors for at least ten years in a row- is no more than 2,00 or 3,00 people,aE can be quite lurid (Cohen 3). While I couldn't have repeated the statistics verbatim, I have been told numerous times about the minimal amount of those who "make it.aE My performing arts high school was no semblance to the "real industry,aE but it did provide me with an early glimpse of the politics and competition, and I was told of the fact that "at any given time, fewer than 10 to 15 of the country's professional actors are in fact employedaE (3). Despite the fact that I heard them before, Cohen's words did not fall on deaf ears nor did they roll of my back without giving me chills first, but I have been told these figures before and I understand them as much then as I do now and as much now as I will until I become a real live professional actress standing amidst hundreds of other unemployed actors at a audition.

I was not intimidated by the things that most would find threatening- not the statistics, not the light he shed on the h



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