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  1. Max Bogner
    November 24, 2015 @ 7:59 pm

    I’ll tell you what actually did happen to me and why I turned down the lead role in a film.

    1st: it sounded too good to be true—ride a horse into an encampment and save the day.

    2nd: I submitted for the role having been told it was a SAG production. After the audition and call-back and the offer, the director told me SAG was dragging it’s feet and so the producers decided to proceed along non-union lines. I told them this was a deal-breaker and this is when they asked me to work under a pseudoname.

    3rd: I contacted SAG and was told paperwork was requested from this production repeatedly and so far they hadn’t received a response.

    4th: the production offered to pay me in cash.

    5th: I declined the job.

    This production turned out to be the anti-Arab film that supposedly set in motion the Arab Spring. Actors that did participate in the film ended up receiving death threats, sued the filmakers, etc.

    Bottom-line: trust your gut!

    Sincerely –
    – Max Bogner

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  2. Max Bogner
    November 24, 2015 @ 7:59 pm

    I’ll tell you what actually did happen to me and why I turned down the lead role in a film.

    1st: it sounded too good to be true—ride a horse into an encampment and save the day.

    2nd: I submitted for the role having been told it was a SAG production. After the audition and call-back and the offer, the director told me SAG was dragging it’s feet and so the producers decided to proceed along non-union lines. I told them this was a deal-breaker and this is when they asked me to work under a pseudoname.

    3rd: I contacted SAG and was told paperwork was requested from this production repeatedly and so far they hadn’t received a response.

    4th: the production offered to pay me in cash.

    5th: I declined the job.

    This production turned out to be the anti-Arab film that supposedly set in motion the Arab Spring. Actors that did participate in the film ended up receiving death threats, sued the filmakers, etc.

    Bottom-line: trust your gut!

    Sincerely –
    – Max Bogner

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  3. SJ
    November 25, 2015 @ 2:50 am

    Hi Ajarae,
    I recently turned down a role because it was not in alignment with what I felt in my heart as well as my gut. A friend asked me, when I was in deep turmoil over this, if I was making a life choice or a career choice. I decided it was both. Even though I knew I had made the right decision – for me – it was no less a hard choice to make, voice, and stand behind. It took a few days for me to shake it off, as this was the first time I’ve been at this crossroads. But in the end, once the dust settled, I felt stronger and proud of myself for getting through it. It’s true that this circumstance will teach you more about yourself than you are actually aware of on more levels than you thought possible.

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  4. Ajarae Coleman
    November 25, 2015 @ 8:20 am

    Yikes! This is a fantastic example of what happens when you follow your instincts. Thank you so much for sharing, Max!

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  5. Ajarae Coleman
    November 25, 2015 @ 8:21 am

    Wow, SJ! This is so powerful. You’re right… sometimes the choice is hard, but we always come out of it stronger and knowing more about ourselves and what’s important.

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