Denzel Washington talks about turning down the first film role he was offered.
A while back, I wrote some blogs on negotiations and when to say no to an agent or producer. In that piece, I dealt mostly with contracts, money and working conditions. But, recently, I ran across a video featuring Denzel Washington, in which Denzel reenforces the importance of turning down roles for valid personal, ethical and career reasons, and I thought it would benefit you to watch.
It can be tough to turn down a role. I have personally turned down job offers or decided not to work with or for somebody for what I felt were valid reasons. Remember, the good news is that, when you are offered a role, the offer itself helps to validate all of your classes and hard work and dedication to the craft. But should you face such a tough decision, be sure to consider the long term effects of compromising your values, as Denzel mentions in the segment. If you are ready to work in this business, that job is not the only game in town. Have faith that there will be other opportunities offered. You are an actor. You will work again.
For easy reference, here are two of my previous articles on the subject of negotiations:
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