When people ask “what do you do?”, what do you tell them?

Do you hesitate… even for a second… to proudly reply that you are an actor?

Do you feel a little weird claiming to be an actor when you actually make money doing something else?

I get it.

The times that we are living in – with rampant unemployment, whole industries on pause, and a lot of uncertainty – can make this question even harder to answer for many of us right now.

But the thing is, you ARE an actor. You have devoted your life to this artistic calling. And the fact is, most of the actors you admire do other things as well.

There are five simple principles that I believe define a person as an actor –  an artist who holds up a mirror to the human experience for others. Check out this video and let me know in the comments which one most resonates with you.

If you are looking for an amazing community of fellow actors, Actors Who Get It is that kind of community. It’s a Facebook group exclusively for artists who are willing to take ownership of their careers, and who appreciate a positive and encouraging space to share ideas and ask for advice. Click here to request to join.

I’ll see you over there!

Ajarae Coleman | Acting Resource Guru

Ajarae Coleman | Acting Resource Guru



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Ajarae Coleman is a working actress living in Los Angeles. You can see her on shows like ABC’s SCANDAL, REVENGE, PRIVATE PRACTICE, and THE CATCH, CBS’s THE McCARTHYS, 2 BROKE GIRLS, and NCIS: NEW ORLEANS, NBC’s DAYS OF OUR LIVES, TNT’s PERCEPTION, I'M SORRY on Netflix, and more. Ajarae founded Acting Resource Guru (ARG) in 2012 to give actors practical steps to book more work and take ownership of their careers. In 2020, Ajarae launched The Table, an exclusive online membership for actors who crave an artistic life that goes beyond just booking gigs. They are ready to make a greater impact, which looks like building communities of collaborators, creating their own opportunities, and developing residual income streams. Ajarae believes that actors play a huge role in bringing forth a reality where every being on the planet is safe and valued, and The Table empowers actors to claim their seat. Join the Interest List at ClaimASeat.com to be notified when the doors open for new members.


  1. Yes to all of those. And for me the first one resonated a lot. I remember when I started saying “I’m actor” without also saying I had a degree in actuarial science. It was a big step. And it’s not that I needed to brag about some other degree, it’s that I was apologizing for pursuing something which to most people is both exciting and completely unrealistic. And still today, I have to be careful when I state what I do to avoid the attendant apologies. Thanks for the post.


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