When I was a kid I was an enthusiastic actor. Nativity plays, Christmas specials, summer shows – I always tried to steal the show, and usually succeeded.
I wish I’d have pursued it more back then but, alas, it wasn’t to be.
I became an awkward teenager and an ensuing lack of confidence robbed me of my drama skills. I did end up auditioning for a play at school when I was about fourteen and succeeded in landing the role of ‘Bush #2’.
I never knew that there were talking bushes in ‘Romeo & Juliet’ – but I landed the role and got to deliver one whole line of dialogue.
My acting career did have a revival in my early twenties, however. I won a role in several short films and even got a small part in a feature length production – ticking off a life goal in the process.
(There I am, making my feature length debut as a cocky drug dealer)
Whenever I spoke about acting I was always asked who my inspiration was.
People always laughed at my initial reply…and then waited for the ‘real answer’.
But it was no joke – the man who got me interested in acting was Hugh Grant.
Sure, he plays the same character in (nearly) every film, and his career peaked in the 1990s.
But…he has an estimated net worth of £60 million.
Pretty good for a one trick pony, isn’t it?
Now, while it’s good to experiment…it’s also good to have a winning formula and stick to it.
As a creative you should feel free to broaden your horizons when the chance arises but remember what you’re best at.
Which is why I spend my spare time writing and not acting.
Although if there’s a role going let me know and I’ll pencil in an audition…