Here is the cold hard truth, actors, musicians, artist, etc. These are the only creatures on earth that have to meander, and slog through this life for years and years with out knowing if they are any good. You have no ability, and some might say you have no right to say if your good.
Not only is it in bad taste, It’s like the realtor telling the seller, ” ..no your house is not worth 1.5 million, its actually only worth what someone will pay for it.” So let us extrapolate this example to acting. You are not a brain surgeon, who knows right away if he/she is at least competent otherwise his patient left arm twitch might be a dead give away. A lawyer has a measurement, did he or she win the case. Did he get the settlement. If so how much was the settlement. See my peeps, these are the measurements most normal folks have to gauge the worth of their trade.
The Actor or Actress does not, heck I knew of a unknown actor that absolutely blew me away in auditions. Guess what/ no one that mattered ever validated it. Today I hear he is a fine heat and air conditioning repairman. I can tell you my friends, I kept tabs on him for months just to catch a sneak peek of his magic. I should have said something to this man …even if the power I wield is no better than the next guy on the street.
I know of a handful of actresses that stood head and shoulder above the rest of the field. Actresses that if actually told they were good/great/fantastic. They would have been world class actresses making millions.
Its the only profession that requires applause, requires enough eyeballs that in unison follow your every move. You as an actor can not make this claim with out it. You can’t open your mouth, make a proclamation, or hardly entertain the thought in your head … “I AM GOOD” No no no. The measuring stick has to come from the fickle masses. Enough voices have to raise in volume in the theater, hand clapping for you to know that you are worthy of the name ACTOR.
It’s the nature of the beast, there is no shortcut, no way around it. You as an actor must be validated from without… never from within,