Forgot your password?

We just sent you an email, containing instructions for how to reset your password.

Sign in

  • Long hours in awkward clothes and in the most uncomfortable working spaces. Low pay and often lower appreciation for what it is you actually deliver. The idea everyone has that you live this amazing glamorous life, when you never sleep and you work eight hundred hours earning every hour's work you actually get paid for.

    Waiting. Better be good at waiting. Waiting for jobs. Waiting at the jobs for your time to step in front of the lens or onto the stage. Waiting for costume. Waiting for make up. Waiting for lighting. Waiting for payment. Waiting for footage. Waiting for the next job.

    Using up your emotional self until there is sometimes none of it left to pour into your own life.

    It's a bloody business. But somebody has to do it.

    Stills Photograph of me working by Pete Wallington.
    • Share

    Connected stories:


Collections let you gather your favorite stories into shareable groups.

To collect stories, please become a Citizen.

    Copy and paste this embed code into your web page:

    px wide
    px tall
    Send this story to a friend:
    Would you like to send another?

      To retell stories, please .

        Sprouting stories lets you respond with a story of your own — like telling stories ’round a campfire.

        To sprout stories, please .

            Better browser, please.

            To view Cowbird, please use the latest version of Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Opera, or Internet Explorer.