Actor Spam is en fuego these days on social media. It almost always happens at this time of year when actors realize they may have not done enough for people to remember they are actors…we do.
What is actor spam? I think of it as filler content. Like when a blogger posts a coffee on a table or a single close up flower photo (sorry to anyone whom I offended) because they have nothing else to share. You know EXACTLY what I mean by that. And actors do it too. A #fbf to a job that was actually not fun but you pretend it was (#setlife!). “Secret” shots of scripts. A make up selfie so we know you just got headshots done so you can solidify your standing as a working actor.
Listen, WE ALL DO IT. I have done it a LOT. And there is nothing wrong with it.
But. We don’t have to be an audience to it if we don’t want to or if it is hurting us. I decided in the last few weeks I have beat myself up about far too much when, by all accounts, I am doing great. I have managed all these things I have control over. And I know that I am also surviving a pandemic. Not just in a health sense (though health is truly wealth these days y’all) but in an economic sense. And yet sometimes when I do a quick scroll, I get hit with a lot of actor-spam and instantly question…literally everything. I feel like everyone else is working. Or they’re taping. Or getting headshots. Whatever. And sometimes I just can’t take it in my soul. Even if most of it is just spam and not real. And even when I know better.
So what do I do to actor-spammers? I mute them. It is SO simple. I mute them or take a few days off the socials. Depending on what I need. For the next few days from Thanksgiving to Cyber Monday, I am taking a nice socials break so I can really appreciate the world around me for a few days. With zero comparison or shame.
I want to make a really strong caveat that I love actor content. I love celebrating victories. I love probably 99.9-100% of the people reading this. I want so much for each of you, like it makes me want to cry how much I love you and your careers! And if you think “oh no she’s talking about me!” I’m not. I am talking more in a monolithic-sense. Less about a person and more about people. Ya dig?
So if you find yourself in that end-of-year icky feeling, try a mute or two. Highly recommend.
PS: If you’re thinking, SAM?! A secret post?! Yes indeed. Sometimes I need to have words with only my people. So enjoy the comment section as it’s only us 😉