For actors, "waiting for the phone to ring just isn't an option", writes Nicola Thorp. Shaming them for taking on day jobs is classist and unkind.
'Last Sunday a story ran about a former EastEnders actress who had taken a job working as a security guard at B&M Bargains. Not only was it barely classifiable as news, it was symptomatic of our society’s apparent obsession with celebrity ‘failure’.
The acting profession is as unpredictable as a soap character’s family tree and those at the top will have had their fair share of trial shifts and tribulations. Only two per cent of actors actually make a living from acting alone and 90 per cent of actors are out of work at any given time so that means, more often than not, actors have to make money elsewhere. Some people might know me for my work on screen, but you may also recognise me from my roles as a receptionist, perfume seller, call centre fundraiser, incompetent waitress, antiques salesperson, administrator, promo girl, audio-typist and columnist for the Metro.co.uk.' ... Keep reading on Metro