It's time to have the discussion. Maybe we should start with a question...
Are we obsessed with being THE LEAD??
If so, what is this about?
Please allow me to elaborate.I've been teaching a class on Actors B.S. (to be discussed later) and I'm learning so much.
During my class, I work on Type. The Typing process made some actors "feel" some type of way about how they are being typed. So we discuss it. I learn that many actors want to be Leading Men/Ladies. When you say they are character actors or types, their faces got all scrunched up and eyes rolled around in their heads. Truly not happy about being typed as a character actor, the question is asked.. Why cant I be the "Lead"?? I see myself as a Lead and I want to do Lead work.
I wonder..what are we equating with the word or term "Lead"?
My questions then become..How do you feel about yourself? Do you need to be the Center of Attention? What does Lead mean to you? Does being the Lead, validate you in some way?
Denzel dreams? Halle Berry wishes?
Do you have a Passion for this Industry? Do you truly have a passion for The Craft? Does the Lead make more money? If yes, are you sure?
You reveal alot about your Ego when LEAD roles are your obsession. One young lady compared herself to Paula Patton saying she is "mixed" so therefore she should be a Lead. (SERIOUSLY!!!)
For this particular Blog, I'm truly interested in Comments from the Acting community. Can you guys answer some questions for me please? Post others as well.
Looking forward to your thoughts and Feelings!
Update: Lets be clear that it should NOT be about proving yourself as