Post by John Ashby Post by Btms
I have just learned that Josh Archer is closely related to Celia Imrie’s
ITYM "extremely friendly with". But he doesn't sound a bit like Mr
Bennett (So, Farewell then, Russell, you'll never listen to the Ring
Cycle over Christmas again).
Post by Btms
It amazes me that in such an over crowded and tough profession so
many off-sprung follow their parents into it. Any views?
Genetic disposition. Children of actors may have innate talent for acting.
Cultural imprinting. Having grown up with the stage as a constant
background, with acting talked about in depth, it might be an easy
discipline for them to take up
Nepotism. The family will have a wide set of connections who can help
in progressing a career.
Statistical fluke. Is this a real or a perceived effect? Should we get
More or Less to investigate whether the phenomenon is more prevalent in
the acting profession than it is in medicine, music, science, the law,
etc (where all of the previous three reasons might apply)? Do we just
notice the sons and daughters more than those who enter the profession
Though none of those other professions (well, maybe music) are
"overcrowded and tough", as Btms puts it. (Well, medicine at least
certainly is _difficult_, but I think Btms meant difficult in the sense
of high competition, rather than hard.)
Post by John Ashby
I'm aware of medical dynasties, scientific dynasties, musical
dynasties, mathematical dynasties, sporting dynasties, and as you say,
acting dynasties. I'd like to believe it's down to the cultural
imprinting, but I suspect it's a combination of at least those four
I suspect you're right, and a well-thought-through response as well.
In latter years, I've heard/read various well-known thesps, when asked
if they'd encourage their children to follow them, say something like "I
wouldn't encourage them into it, but if they show a strong inclination
to, I wouldn't dissuade them, though I'd certainly warn them of the
hardships involved", and in some but not all cases they've added "and to
acquire a backup trade/profession".
The question is I _think_ more often asked when their offspring _have_
entered the profession, though I've certainly heard it asked of ones
whose children are too young to have decided yet.
J. P. Gilliver. UMRA: 1960/<1985 MB++G()AL-IS-Ch++(p)***@T+H+Sh0!:`)DNAf
Quantity is no substitute for quality, but it's the only one we've got.