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 is an actress and entrepreneur living in Los Angeles. She founded Workshop Guru in 2012, which expanded into Acting Resource Guru in 2017, to help actors save time and money on classes and workshops, and give them a powerful voice by publishing anonymous actor reviews of acting schools, casting directors, talent agencies and management companies. You can see Ajarae 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 TruTV, and more. She raised over $17,000 and co-created an action comedy television show called SMACK Unit, currently has national commercials running, and has cultivated rewarding relationships with her agents and manager.


  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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