It is easy to blame things on the “The Situation” when things are going wrong, but lately it has influenced my acting carere too much to shut up about it. Acting jobs were already so scarce that Jørgen went back to Norway to pursue his dreams there. I figured with him out of the way,I would be the only Norwegian here and acting jobs would come flying. Just like in the good old days. But I was wrong.
After being rejected from at least two castings (a bank and 7Up commercials) I figured something was wrong and I was forced to ask my agent about it. He told me production is down and actors are having a hard time getting butter on the table all over the Middle East. Auditions are crowded all over Beirut even for “Non-Speaking” roles, and if you want to get a “line”, even in a commercial, you totally need to talk Wasta (?) Which is really hard for foreigners to talk.
In Africa it is even worse and the only acting gigs that has been available the last few years are within charity acting. Here is a video where our colleague in Africa explains why he does charity acting. Perhaps I have to get into that over here…
Michael the Charity actor admits even when you are so popular everyone calls you and you even get talking lines, the job as a charity actor can be hard. Specially because of all the crapy gifts he gets from celebs.
But since he is doing it for a good cause, he cant quit, either.
The video is made by The Norwegian Students’ and Academics’ International Assistance Fund
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An ivestegatory video report about who is the Original P of Norwegian Music!
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In th... [more]
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Jewish British MP Sir Gerald Kaufman discussing the situation in Israel!
“Most of my parents’ families – because my parents came here as refugees – most of my parents families were murdered in the Holocaust. When the Germans came to the town from which my mother came in Poland, Stachov, they lined up all the Jews to march to the railway station to be put in cattle-wagons. But for those who were not well enough to march, they killed them on t... [more]