Acting Advice

Ask Me!: What if I have cellulite?!

Anonymous asked: what about having celulite? is it a problem for this job, do they judge you for that?

I guess it would be a problem if you plan to do a lot of beauty work and nude/semi-nude work? More of a models career in acting? But even then, having cellulite doesn’t mean you can’t be an actor. Absolutely not! What does cellulite have to do with anything?

Cellulite is so common that I guarantee most of your favorite actresses – and even models! – have it. They just either don’t care, they don’t show it, or they have special on-camera tricks to hide it.

If you have cellulite (as do I) then don’t let it get in the way of your craft. Focus on being a great actor and people will focus on that above all else. And if they don’t? Then I say, with grace and politeness, ef ‘em.

I’m not saying that this isn’t a tough industry. They do judge you for everything! Especially as women. So practice being strong in the face of insult. I had a casting director once remark condescendingly  ”Oh dear, look at your face you poor thing!” I didn’t let it bother me, but gave the best performance I could. I ended up booking the gig and it reminded me not to ever let anyone’s observation of me based on my appearance get in the way of a good performance. That being an actor is so much more than how perfect and pretty I may or may not be.

I think if we, as actors, all started putting our attention on our work rather than our faces and bodies, we would begin to see a dramatic change in the landscape of beauty – AND TALENT! – in the industry.

Every time one of my favorite actresses cuts up her face when she hits 40 I get angry. They are the ones who could make a real difference. If they allowed themselves to be who they are physically and didn’t succumb to the pressure from the outside to stay young, pretty, and perfect then things would change for the rest of us. We don’t get to see these wonderful women age. And it’s as if they think we don’t notice the surgery. But we do! It’s glaring. They start to become weird wax figures of themselves and eventually they all start to look the same. I don’t know how a person can look at themselves in the mirror and see that kind of butchery and think it’s a better alternative to age.

You know what I think the real remedy is? Stop judging others for their cellulite. Stop judging them for the crow’s feet around their eyes. Stop judging them for their looks overall – even me judging an actress for having surgery does little to help things. If we stop rewarding/reprimanding actors for their looks but rather for their skill and their talent, then we could really start to see change.

In conclusion, don’t you dare let cellulite hold you back. Who cares! Be a good actor. That’s what really matters.

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About The NYC Actor

Angela Dee is a professional actress working in Film, Theatre, TV, Commercials and Voiceovers. She currently lives in New York. www.angeladee.com

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