28 June 2012

For the love of it

I was watching a movie the other day that included the lines:

"I know you're scared. I'm scared, too. But we have to pull together and beat this thing!"

I said to my friend, "Do you think actors die inside when they get a line like that?"

Then we laughed, and agreed that no, as long as an actor is getting paid well enough to support the next gig they probably don't care about a little soul-destroying dialogue. Similarly, when I found out that Robert Downey Jr. made 50 million dollars or so on Avengers Assemble I didn't begruge him any of it, and not because of his stellar business sense. I just know that for all the Robert Downey Juniors there are thousands of others who won't ever live on their craft. People who are doing it with the hope of success, but without the guarantee.

I sympathize with that because it's where I am. And anyway, success (and good dialogue) is not a gauge of whether an artist--be they actor, writer, or visual arist--still loves their craft.

At Write Anything this month I was asked to write about my greatest difficulty as a writer, and it wasn't the lack of pay. Find out at the WA site in "Writer Smash."

Photo: Stage Door by Michael Shane on flickr


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