Aspiring actors need to worry about being typecast, right? No, you need to worry about being cast. You need to get your face out there. You need to get work. So what if your first three roles are school librarian? By the way, that could be like a version of that, you could be an accountant, you know, kind of a buttoned-down kind of no-nonsense kind of thing. That could be the role. So what if you’re the go-to guy or go-to girl for school librarian? Don’t you want that? Don’t you want people to say, “Hey, I got just the person?” If you tell people, you know, that I can play anything, then a director is going to be like, yeah, that doesn’t really help, but I need to be more specific. They want you to put yourself in a box cause that helps market them. 

Tell me what you do so I can purchase what you have. That’s marketing. So later on, as you get more established, then you could worry about breaking out of the box. Like Matthew McConaughey. I know before he did Dallas buyers club, he was worried that he was being typecast. The roles he was always getting were like the romantic lead in light comedies, and he got tired of that. And then he had a breakout and did something more serious. Wouldn’t you like that problem? Wouldn’t you love to be as successful as Matthew McConaughey before he did Dallas Buyers Club. I mean, God, the guy was killing it. So that’s a good problem to have.

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Michael Jamin, Showrunner, TV Writer, Author

Michael Jamin

For the past 26 years, Michael Jamin has been a professional television writer/showrunner. His credits include King of the Hill, Beavis & Butthead, Wilfred, Maron, Just Shoot Me, Rules of Engagement, Brickleberry, Tacoma FD and many more.

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