Let’s face it, acting is not a skill. Acting is more of a talent, per say, which is an innate or natural ability to do something, that most people have, but have not been given the opportunity for a way of life. Children have the ability to act. Animals have acting abilities. Blind people, deaf people, you name it, all kinds of incapacitated beings have the ability to act. A skill is the ability to do something well, but it’s a learned ability that makes it an actual skill. Walking and talking is not a skill, but our natural, innate ability as human beings. Writing this article is a skill and I guarantee you, a child nor an animal could have written this article, at least not in this day and time.
Ask yourself this question, do actors really make a movie good or bad? The answer is, no they do not. Most actors have played in at least one or more horrible movie(s) in their lives, but the more movies an actor plays in, the more people are proned to go see that movie. So fame is accounted for in the aspect of ticket sales to get your money and that’s about it. The directors and his crew of producers and writers and all the people involved in the making of a movie are the real stars, but are not recognized for their skills as much as the actors are. Actors do as they are told; they say what they are instructed to say, in the manner, of which the director wants then to say it. Their entire role is scripted and written in advance and they get as many opportunities, at the directors’ discretion, to get it right. At the end of the day, the decisions that the director makes is the determining factor of the outcome of his/her movie. The actors are a part of those decisions, as well as all aspects of the movie. A good movie can turn a brand new actor into a star, and make him/her famous, but a “good” or well-known actor cannot turn a bad movie into a good movie. However, there are many people that could not tell you the name of one director of a movie, but if you mention a particular actor they would recollect many titles of many movies. Really, but it is a learned process. Growing up as kids, watching movies and shows, we didn’t even think about who put all that together, didn’t care, why would we as kids? But we could recognize the actors on our favorite shows and put a face on our favorite characters, right?
My point is that actors are so very much overrated. They receive more praise than teachers, construction workers, members of our military, government officials, and any other profession that you can think of, and yet, they only do as they are instructed, which requires no thought process at all and no required skills. Actors make more money and live better lives than eighty to ninety percent of the world’s population. They experience more of what life has to offer than many of the more deserving people in the world. They are essentially above the law, because they can easily afford the legal representation required for basically whatever the crime. Not to mention, most lawyers would be honored to represent them. Give yourself a pat on the back, because you paid for it. We even have an actor as our current President. It does explain why companies use famous and well-known actors to endorse products that those actors would never utilize themselves, such as credit card companies, insurance companies, fast food restaurants, weight loss products, etc… So, how far can the fame of being seen on television really take a person? Most actors wouldn’t give you the time of day, but you praise them and would probably do anything for them if given the opportunity. “Shaking my head”