Don't let People Define You in Film
The conventional wisdom has been that cisgenders can play transgenders, but not the other way around. Bullocks! Transgender actors can play whatever role they want to play. Personally, I play a ciswoman in my webseries Notts' Journey. Nobody can tell me what to do, who to play, or how to act. Just like Tina Turner said in a commercial years ago, "I don't put limits on my life." Neither should you. Don't let people put limits on your acting career. Expand your mind, heart and soul to give your character life, in order to give the audience feelings of sadness, joy, happiness and love all rolled up into one being. You!
I refuse to be put in a box by Hollywood producers and directors. That's why I've got total control of my productions and as long as I'm paying the bills, we play by my rules or we don't play at all. (Those were similar words of famous musician turned comedian Vaughn Meader in his Kennedy's First Family comedy album in 1962. He was satirizing a touch football game being played by the Kennedy brothers in the Rose Garden of the White House. You should check the album out or watch it on You Tube.)
In a bit of irony however, I feel like transgenders should play transgenders instead of cisgenders. It's not really hypocritical either, because who can play a tran character better than a trans actor. The logic is simple. Let's say you have five peanuts in your hand and I have one. in fairness you shouldn't be able to reach over and take and eat my one peanut. You have more peanuts. How is that fair. They're more roles for cisgenders than transgenders. We're not here to get the table scraps like a dog at the dinner table we simply want an even playing field. I could see the logic of cis playing trans if "we had more peanuts in our hands." Get it?
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