2023-11-08 - 6:52 p.m.
LAMDA London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts
and of the 1300 plus graduates on Linked IN ( Why are they on Linked IN??? Actors are not using Linked IN-- for real...)
Six are SAGAFTRA
OK this is also the UK
SAGAFTRA is US only based...
but still.. WHY Are there so many grads from that acting and music conservatory on Linked In?
I find it concerning. Every Single Time I see someone hired into a professional role that went to a very elite conservatory who gets hired in the business world to do OTHER THINGS
This is the CREAM of the crop of artists people.
LAMBDA graduated 22 people.
That is high actually for a conservatory.
17 were in my son's graduating class from his prestigious U.S. Conservatory, and that was the highest number in a class from his school ever. My friend who worked design in NYC from that school graduated with seven who made it through! SEVEN out of 12 initially I think he said!
The grads of my son's class are working actors ( mostly). Of the graduating class of my friend only two went on to really make it as actor ( oops one was a drop out- forgot that).When they had to venture out to do other things it was/is things like : Podcasts; shooting headshots; music; other artistic pursuits
BUT PART TIME to allow for dedication and commitment to their craft.
And they become WRITERs, SCREEN WRITERs, DIRECTORS, get captial and become FILMMAKERS
But it is not a total sell out of giving up on a life in the creative arts. MARKETING perhaps the #1 sell out
It just concerns me when I see large numbers of conservatory grads in jobs like Project Manager, Hospitality industry managing hotels , spas, etc...
I mean, it just breaks my heart to be honest,
that as a society we don't have ability in our consumer culture where there is STUFF made and sold at profit after movies and character creation, from big studios,
so it is heartbreaking to hear these ridiculous stories which I feel like are BS propoganda on NPR the last couple days of how it is SO HARD to make money on streaming shows... OH woe is me.... HBO and Netflix had to cancel shows for lack of profit.
I just don't buy it.
All this in my head captured here as I sit here working, but needed to take a break to vent this, as I want to create a very clear PURPOSE/BACKGROUND for a contract which happens to be sorta like a personal services contract in that it is dependant on the incredible rep of a PERSON- so I went to Linked in to see the PERSON'S BIO and set the stage for this Agreement with CONTEXT/ BACKGROUND
and "LOOK " at the beautiful SPA site...
WHAT??? Ok maybe it is a great complimentary day job for an actor. MAYBE she really lives in a flat in London? BUT I feel like very likely to manage a spa you have to be there. So it made my heart ache. Of course I should not be sad for some young gal who gets to live in a beautiful spa on a georgous island... BUT Still! IT STILL makes my heart ache if she is spending time there and NOT working as an actor. I mean do that when OLDER AFTER the run of work on the London or NYC stages! Come on now. What happened to emracing bohemia in the early years and doing time roughing it? ( Sure that could be overrated) But, I mean how can this gal be auditioning for work on the London stages if she is running the spa in the Carribean?
IF EVEN those with well off parents who can afford to let the kids focus on the grind of making it in the arts are for some reason compelled to do other things??
IT concerns me.
SURE those not rich envy those rich offspring who have that advantage. But heck at the same time we grieve if there are not decent artistic works around. I mean I would.
OK enough ADHD rant and wandering of thought.
And yeah there is enough art. I don't have much time and money to get to the theater anyway...
Local theater is ok... I mean it is just ok...
This ranting is the closest to my creative work, and it is clearly not refined art either so who am I to be critical?
WE NEED the professionals. As we NEED to be able to once in a while go to a show that is just SUBLIME
BLUE Door was that for me last year.
SO yeah, I watch the strike and not only because my son is SAGAFTRA on strike but because I want for us all to be able to go see works like that once in a while.