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What do D-List Celebrities do between acting gigs?

Asked by Seek (34800points) December 31st, 2009
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Honestly, where are all these people who everyone knows from “that one movie”... but haven’t been in anything since? What do they do to pay the rent on their LA studio apartments?

Shannyn Sossamon, for example, certainly isn’t million-dollar-a-flick material… but she’s way too well known to be the receptionist at the local Beverly Hills Ford/Lincoln/Mercury dealership.

What do you think?

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Snarp's avatar

They act in plays at small theaters, they write, they take acting classes, they teach acting classes, they audition, and if at all possible they collect royalty checks.

OpryLeigh's avatar

Maybe they get smaller acting jobs in theatres or programmes that aren’t shown on mainstream channels?! Just a guess…

NadaNormal's avatar

Somebody must wash the dishes & buss the tables, I cannot do it all alone

ucme's avatar

Probably D tox

Ghost_in_the_system's avatar

The actress that Phil Spector killed had acted in thirty or more movies. When he killed her she was a hostess at a night club.

Snarp's avatar

Having looked up Shannyn Sossamon to find out who she was she’s made 25 movies or T.V. episodes in the last 5 years, in addition to music videos, commercials, and modeling. I think she has plenty to do and plenty to pay the rent with.

M.C. Hammer was a preacher.
Wil Wheaton writes and blogs and acts, including voice work.

Some of them obviously have enough trouble making ends meet that they end up on reality T.V. though.

CMaz's avatar

When not acting, D-list actors go to work.

Like the rest of us.

SuperMouse's avatar

A couple of job services for D-List celebrities include: Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew, I’m a Celebrity Get me out of Here!, Celebrity Fit Club or a show where they look for love or try to help a best friend (i.e. that show with the singer from Poison and the one with the rapper that wears the giant clock necklace, and The Two Cory’s).

It is kind of a bummer that The Love Boat, Match Game, Fantasy Island, and The Hollywood Squares went off the air, those shows kept a many a D-List celebrity employed for quiet a long time!

Michael_Huntington's avatar

They bag my groceries and make sure I get my pizza delivered in 30 minutes or less

Rude_Bear's avatar

They do what it takes to earn a paycheck… The classic cliche is they wait tables. Beyond that, there are low paying acting jobs that were never meant for the public (industrial shorts) and overseas commercials.

Darwin's avatar

And a lot of actors do voice-over work. I can’t count how many shows Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner have narrated, and just today I heard an ad being voiced by Tom Selleck (Magnum P.I., and formerly a clothing model). Even Johnny Depp did voice-overs for various documentaries, including an Imax film Sea / Into the Deep (IMAX) and a series about the NSA, Scotland Yard, and the Mossad.

And a lot of them do ads. Jennifer Rhodes (Grams on Charmed) does CVS ads, Jennifer Aniston used to do L’Oreal commercials for the UK market, and Sylvester Stallone, Kevin Costner, Ben Stiller, and Bruce Willis do ads for the Japanese market.

And when I lived back east, the Marlboro Man was also a storm window installer, and the guy who played the original Mr. Clean worked in the A&P.

YARNLADY's avatar

There are hundreds if not thousands of behind the scene jobs in the film industry for people. Check out the full list of credits for any major movie, and you will see what I mean.

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