Well this is a new one…
I was contacted the other day by someone who said, they had a booking for me but did not specify who they were or what the project was. They called me and instead of telling me right away who they were, they said, “You applied for a booking?”. So I said, “I apply to a lot of things. Who am I speaking to and what are you referring to?” Apparently that was the wrong thing to say because this person starting going off, “This is why people like you don’t get jobs and you are gonna keep on applying because no one will hire you…” After that, I decided I didn’t want to hear any more and hung up. A couple of hours later, I get a very long and involved text message. Highlights of the text message were:
you will never get a job and I’m tired of actors acting like I need to kiss their asess
You will never have a pot to piss in ant window to thro it out of
Your ungrateful and that why black girls be taking their chitlen asses to the welfare center
All said with horrific grammar!!! Not sure what made me angrier, the fact that this was being said, or the fact that everything was so grammatically wrong!
I tried to peacefully respond telling them that all I wanted to know was who they were and what project they were referring to but when I was met with hostility I decided against hearing any more. I then told them that if they wanted to continue the conversation intelligently, they knew my number. Their response, “The delet my number dumb ass”
A true moment of professionalism…
WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN MET WITH UNPROFESSIONAL MOMENTS?
As an actor, you come across a lot of different types of people, some are nice, some are professional but cold, and some are rude. You have to learn not to take things personally because sometimes, that’s just someone’s personality type. I often have to watch how I say things because words can get lost in translation. Sarcasm and tone plays into this heavily.
When you are met with hostility, it’s always good to try to be as polite as possible if you decide to respond. Not responding is the best way to get rid of a harasser. Be careful using condescension. I wouldn’t advise meeting any hostility with subtle hostility.
I hope this doesn’t have to happen to any of you but prepare yourselves, people are brutal and mean for no reason.