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Odds of Getting In

Your odds of getting a part here and there are pretty good–your odds of making a living doing this thing are not good at all. If you’ve cared to read this career unit, you probably have a dazzle of “star” in the back of your head. There are maybe 100 people who have power in front of the camera–40 movie stars, 40 TV stars, 20 celebs. And that’s it. And there are…how many millions trying to be these 100? And oh, by the way, if you look at the list from five years ago, how many are still big names?

If we take a look at a list of 25 of the hottest up-and-coming stars of 2007, how many of these are really still on the way up? Michael Cera? Abigail Breslin? Mischa Barton? Jamie Bell? Already most of the names here are fading into the recesses of the public’s collective memory....

But stick with it and keep pounding the pavement, and hopefully you’ll no longer have to live on it.

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