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Transgender People in Acting?

Discussion in 'Chit Chat' started by Adrian Piper, Jul 3, 2013.

  1. Adrian Piper

    Regular Member

    Jun 21, 2013
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    Hey, guys! So, I'm transgender and I really want to be an actor! In films and television shows, hopefully. The thing is, there aren't very many popular transgender actors/actresses out there, and I was just wondering if it was just because there aren't a large amount of transgender people who want to go into acting, or if the whole transgender thing would get in the way of me being a successful actor.
    I do community musical theater now, and I haven't technically come out to anyone in my show yet, although I do dress as a guy to the rehearsals. I really want to tell the cast, but there are younger kids in the show (the youngest being 8), and my mum told me that for now, I should just tell them that I'm planning on changing my name and tell them my new name because the parents of the kids probably wouldn't like it if I explained to them what transgender was.
    Would something like that happen if I audition for film or television roles in the future? Any thoughts on this?
  2. StefaniW

    StefaniW Guest

    I say go for it! It's true there aren't many mainstream/big name trans actors out there cuz of Hollywood catering to ridiculous American comfort levels. One I can think of would be Candis Cayne she's beauutiful. Can't think of any mainstream transMALE actors...

    But honestly I say go for it and be a pioneer! Also if at all possible you may consider just keeping your trans status private, but that is up to you.