Why do people ask this? 80% of LA actors are waiters or bartenders. It's how we live. It's a cliche because it's true. I guess I should be flattered that I'm asked, but most times, I'm annoyed. I'm not an actor now. I'm a waitress. Let me do my job for the next 8 hours so I can go home and write and go over my sides.
Maybe it's a bit of shame at having to sling drinks and buffalo wings. And I always try to have pithy comebacks:
Are you in school?
Oh no, I already graduated. Two years ago. Hack! Cough!
What did you study?
This! I got my BS in waiting tables, so I'm doing what I love.
So I left work a little defeated. I've been waiting tables for a very long time. But if it's to exchange the drudge of a 9-5 job that I know would not feed my soul, it's a good trade off, right?
And there are some bright spots every once in a while. I did once have a casting director recognize me from an audition that had happened 10 months prior who had offered to help me get an agent.
And last night, I got home to find this waiting in my email inbox:
Just finished editing the show for Production. Your work was exceptional and I want you to know that I am thrilled! Apparently so is the Production Company because they didn't change anything I edited. The show is very dark (as I'm sure you figured out) and different from the stuff they usually do at this Company. I have not heard any new from the network but I'll bet they are happy as well. I don't know when it is airing but I will get a copy and I can make copies for you.
Let me know what is happening with your show ideas. I'm back at my Santa Monica office. Give me a call if you need any help. Once again I am really excited about your work and your talent. I'm recommending you to Jeff Hardwick my casting director.
It's these things that make a struggling actress want to keep at it.