Acting and Modeling
Joke: What does a person do when she fails at modeling?
She becomes an actor. What does a person do who is very successful in
modeling? She becomes a bad actor.
Well, all through the times, acting and modeling have come hand in
hand. The line between acting and modeling is often blurred as models
cross over into the acting world. It is assumed that if people like
looking at a person in a magazine, they will love looking at her or
him 20x their natural size on the big screen. And yes, people do love
to look at such beautiful actors, but it does not necessarily mean that
they can act.
There are most definitely models who have become actors and have been
quite successful – Cameron Diaz, Claudia Schiffer, Fabio. There
are also actors that have not crossed over into the acting world quite
so smoothly, like Cindy Crawford. Sometimes, it is not the model’s
fault – it is her fault that she can not act, but it is not necessarily
her fault that she thinks she can.
Agents and managers know that the people would like to see a model
up on screen – that model knows it, too. She is highly encouraged
into such parts. After all, she thinks, I have been in front of a camera
for half of my life.
It is, though, much different to pose in front of a still camera than
to have a movie camera catch your every move and your voice. Also, models
spend much of their time looking into the camera, making contact with
the viewer. Actors must concentrate on not looking at the camera –
it is as thought the audience is eaves-dropping on their lives. Acting
and modeling have very different mediums.
We have only talked about models become actors, but surely there are,
some actors have become models, too… but can you name any?