Adventures in Filmmaking.
Acting is hard. Don’t let anyone else tell you it’s not. The call times are usually 6am. Then you work for about 12 hours. You have to stay focused and on ball for all of this. You have to remember your lines, your cue and your blocking while trying to ignore the crew member picking their nose in the corner.
There is no calling in sick in the film industry. It is just too expensive. Only death is a reasonable excuse not to turn up. Your death – not a loved ones. The show must always go on.
So – is it all worth it? The early mornings, cold days and anti-social hours. Absolutely.
Francis Ford Coppola has a famous quote that making films is not fun. In a way he is spot on. It’s not coal-mining or brain surgery. Not many things are. But what makes it all worth it is the end result. Contributing to a piece of cinematic history. Seeing your work on the big screen – or small – is like no other feeling in the world.
Film sets are amazing places where lifelong friendships are born. The entire time, and even in the worst moment, you can’t quite believe that someone is paying you to be here!
I frequently say that acting is a career that takes a lot from you but does not give much back. I must stop this. Pablo Picasso once said that: “Art is the lie that helps us understand the truth.”
He’s right, and what a beautiful lie.