Some guy, wrote an article for the Huffington Post titled "9 Reasons Why Dating Actors Is A Bad Idea". Now, I'm mainly a writer these days, but I know many actors who are kind, stable, sensitive folks who are great partners and don't deserve these broad generalizations about their datability. I found this article offensive and, worse than that, unoriginal. Thus, I will proceed to debunk all of this hater's 9 reasons that actors don't deserve love.
1. "Actors are financially unstable." Uh... has he been under a freakin' rock? The whole country is financially unstable. I have friends in practical careers with masters degrees who are unable to find a job. Actors and other artsy people are great at coping with financial difficulty and are capable of hustlin' their way out of it. By the way, I know plenty of actors, who aren't famous, but are maintaining a great middle to upper middle-class lifestyle doing theatre and commercials.
Sounds like he's been dumped one too many times by actresses who found him lacking.
So the actor’s happiness is perpetually determined from the outside: the opinions of casting directors, producers, reviewers, and their audience. As Lao Tzu said in Chapter 9 of the Tao Te Ching, “Care about people's approval, and you will be their prisoner." ARGH!!! In order to be an actor, or any artist you have to NOT care what people think! Everyone, from your family to teachers try to discourage you. To be an artist, is to go against what society says is practical. Besides, in EVERY profession, people must seek approval of their job performance from a boss, from co-workers, or from clients. Besides, dude, this is America! We live in a capitalist society. There are a lot of people who seek satisfaction externally by buying huge houses, cars and designer clothes. Actors, especially early in their career, give up the external trappings of success to seek the internal satisfaction that they get from their work.
So, don't disqualify anyone from your life solely due to their profession. You may be missing out on someone kind, creative and amazing. If you meet an actor who's an asshole, he's just an asshole. Don't generalize. If you can't deal with dating someone due to their financial situation, that is your personal decision. However, know that if you meet someone and she says she's an actor or artist, she may be making a great living. Just because she's not famous, doesn't mean she's destitute. Just ask a Broadway actor.
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