I want to talk about something. Mostly, my breasts. Also about being an actor.
Recently, I decided to try and further my career and reached out to a bunch of agents in Atlanta, hoping to have more opportunities to read for legit (read: paying) roles. Several of the agents were just straight up scams, which is a story for another day, but one particular agent reached out, incredibly excited to work with me, and told me over and over that my body was fine, that I didn't need to lose weight, that I offer a perfect "average" person-- that she could sell me to commercials and sitcoms and lifetime movies-- only to rescind that offer when they saw that my measurements listed me as a (gasp) DDD, because, and I quote "we can't send you out for sitcom roles when you've got the rack of a stripper, I can't put you on ABC". (Except that @racheldoesstuff
is crushing it on the CW with her #heavyboobs
but...) So today, I submitted for a role. Then, I heard back about the role, on the very same day, which is pretty unusual, but not unheard of.
And today, this was the best case scenario. I got a response. And that response was a vulgar, demeaning, #sexist
and disgusting line of inquiry about my breasts. Not to invite me to read, to earn the part, to prove that I bring something of quality to the role in question, but to simply and hamfistedly ask me about my tits.
I know I'm being petty about one particular email from one particular person. But it just really struck me today about how these ideals about ownership of women's bodies-- and what those bodies communicate, just by simply existing in the world-- is so tied up in our media and the entertainment we consume. I am an actor, therefore you are entitled to my body.
Acting is a hard business. We are constantly judged on our looks, our size, our talent, our training, who we know-- and I knew that getting into this life. But to not even get the chance to show that I am (quite literally) more than the sum of my parts---I have to believe we can be better. That we NEED to be better.
Regardless of gender identity, we all deserve better.
#acting #actorslife #breasts #boobs