We’re not gonna pay you much, or anything, but could you get your tits out?

Today I tweeted: ‘As a female actor who is constantly looking & applying for various jobs, why do 99.999% of the lower paid jobs involve you ‘being nude’ or ‘wearing a skimpy costume’ or ‘aggressive sex scene’? Soz, Simon from Booblyboo Productions but I won’t strip, in a lake, in December for £65′

It’s inspired me to expand further. I’ve inspired myself – is that egotistical? Cocky? Whatever the answer may be; let me continue…

It came to my attention that this year I have turned down a silly number of opportunities as an actor because of what was expected of me for very little or no money at all.

Come to think of it, I can’t think (off the top of my head) of a graduate short film that I’ve looked at, that doesn’t have sex scenes or nudity in the script.

As well as my agent, I also submit myself for work, as do most actors. Some things lead to incredible opportunities & others help pay for a phone bill & are a chance to exercise the acting muscles. Some are worthy of putting it on your C.V/Spotlight, others aren’t.

Here’s the scenario:

I sit at my laptop, looking through various breakdowns, I see a job that’s low pay or no pay but initially looks like a good chance to flex my acting muscle so I apply. My agent or I then receive an email saying the team are interested in me & want me to submit a short self tape from the script attached. I read the script, it looks really good, then 4 scenes down I see ‘INT. EVENING. CHLOE & TOM ARE IN THE BEDROOM. CHLOE STRIPS DOWN TO UNDERWEAR & CLIMBS ON TOP OF TOM AS THEY HAVE AGGRESSIVE SEX’

WWWHHYYYYYYY? Is it necessary? Is it essential to the script? Why doesn’t Tom have to strip? Why is it always aggressive? Can’t they just have a kiss & let the audience imagine what happens next? We all know the imagination is more powerful than reality…No? Fine then. Not for me, sorry. Good day. Another opportunity missed.

denise-jans-1126562-unsplash.jpg

The same applies for not just graduate short films but other types of film & music video too. If the money is okay & the required nudity is tasteful or tells an important story then we may think twice about it…

A script might be incredible & the creative team/crew might be immensely passionate & talented about the project & one silly scene requiring a nipple or two just ruins it for all.

DO correct me if I’m wrong but as far as I know,  if you want to peruse a career as a performer but do not have any professional training or credits then you can’t join Spotlight. It worries me that there will be women & children out there, desperate for an acting opportunity, who will put themselves in a very vulnerable position just to get that credit. Or graduates desperate for their first job. Or a performer who hasn’t worked in a while. The want & need to work can drive us crazy & some people will do anything for a chance to work.

One of the saddest parts is, a fair few of the writers of these scrips are female. Should we expect them to understand or sympathize? Do you really think it’s okay to expect a woman to bare all for a small train fair & a packet of Walker’s crisps?!?!?!?!

Another speck of sadness comes from the fact that a lot of the directors/producers seem like genuinely lovely creators who either can’t seem to see how wrong the expectations are or simply look past them.

I understand the importance of finding my own work & looking for the many opportunities that are around but why must so many of them use our bodies against us? Agents, Casting Directors, Producers & so on stress the importance of finding work to build up our skills & CVs but for a woman it can be really bloody difficult.

You may want to see someone for a part but are dubious because they may not have much on their C.V. They might be perfect for the part but their C.V lacks credits so you might move on. They’ve may have been working hard at getting work but just keep coming across men essentially asking them to whack a tit out for free.

I get that the female body is a truly beautiful thing but hun, you don’t deserve our breasts.

I can’t speak for the male part of these breakdowns, but from what Alex has said, he’s never experienced this & he is, as my agent said, ‘built like a brick house!’.

The work is out there & I’ve been lucky to work with some brilliant companies already, it’s just harder to find.

This is not written with intention to hurt or criticize anyone’s work. I completely get how much time & effort goes into creating art. It often goes unnoticed & underappreciated. I get that. Welcome to the club.

We want to work, we want to be a part of your project, we’ve trained & we’re ready to graft. For all we know, you might be the next big director or writer. Don’t exploit us women. We won’t stand for it anymore. We’re talented & you need us.

alexander-dummer-124674-unsplash


Lots of love & festive regards,

Eleanor xxx


In the meantime you can keep up with me below:

Insta: https://www.instagram.com/eleanor_cora/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/eleanorcora
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAxBK_2tuNR8I_4PMvct-Ug
The Jazzy Tipple: https://thejazzytipple.com/
helloeleanorcora@gmail.com

1 thought on “We’re not gonna pay you much, or anything, but could you get your tits out?

  1. Very well said

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this:
search previous next tag category expand menu location phone mail time cart zoom edit close