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  • Why Actors Must Take Care of Their Bodies

    I lost a job because I wasn’t physically fit enough. It totally blows, but it’s true. And, it’s all my fault. Don’t let this happen to you. Here’s the story:
    I auditioned for a major network one-hour drama last week and it went great. Yesterday, my manager calls telling me casting wants me for the role but they just want to see body shots of me to see how fit I am, so I drop and do 30 pushups and plank for about a minute, and then a friend snaps a couple iPhone photos of me and I fire it off.
    A half-hour later I get the call. They need this guy to be in great shape; a gym rat. While I am generally slender, I’m not carved out of wood like our industry’s leading men are supposed to look. I’ve neglected to stay in as good of shape as I should be in. They had to move on and recast.
    Damn.
    As hard as I work on my acting, I got lazy when it comes to my personal fitness. My manager rightly put it this way, “It’s your choice. If you want to stay a character actor, stay as you are. If you want to be a leading man, and you certainly can be, then you have to put the work in and do it.”
    So, I have to do it. I have no other choice. And I’m lucky to have all of you and

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