Thursday, May 29, 2008

Youth Without Youth

If you ever need anything please don't
Hesitate to ask someone else first!
I'm too busy acting like I'm not naive!
I've seen it all!
I was here first!

All the advice on WHAT TO DO when building a career in the entertainment industry can be frustratingly contradictory. It's this cacophony that's so hard to sift through. For everything you want to do, there are vehement arguments for and against it.

And then you catch sobering bits of truth, like this excerpt from a recent Christian Bale interview:

Was there ever a time when you were in danger of not making enough money to support yourself through acting?
I don't believe that there's an actor alive who hasn't been in that position—and in that position many years after people recognize you and have a very wrong impression of what they imagine your lifestyle to be.

Do you remember the last time you were in that position?
[Long pause.] I know absolutely when it was; I'm just trying to decide how comfortable I am talking about it. Certainly . . . what year are we in? 2008? Only going back five years. Absolutely, yeah. House repossession—all that.

House repossession?
Yeah—but I don't want to talk about it anymore.