Anyone who knows me well knows I have very specific opinions on using social media (especially professionally), on how many selfies a person should post, on what constitutes good etiquette and what doesn’t, and on what I think about the use of hashtags, specifically #blessed and #actorslife.
Pretty much daily I want to throw someone under a bus (metaphorically speaking, not really pushing them with my actual hands) because they’ve used #blessed or #actorslife in a tweet or Instagram or Facebook post.
It does my head in.
So this short, sweet and snappy post is about my TOP 10 REASONS why I hate when people use #actorslife in a post. And if you want to know more pet peeves on social media, just see my previous post on Twitter etiquette.
Without further ado, here are my top 10 reasons for why I despise the use of the hashtag actorslife! In no particular order.
- It literally makes people sound like a wanker.
- Anna Kendrick doesn’t say #actorslife so why would I (see Anna Kendrick’s twitter page for TOTAL AWESOMENESS).
- I haven’t worked out why an actors life is different from any other life. Should my sister use #engineerslife or my mum use #mumlife? Or my lawyer mate write #legallife. Gosh shoot me now we start seeing #Trumplife
- It’s as bad as #blessed. I’m not blessed. I chose this job of being an actor. It’s not blessed, it’s a #choice! If I am #blessed it should be because I’m in church on a Sunday reading out a prayer.
- I have found that #actorslife usually follows with some Gwenyth Paltrow type humblebrag – see below for the definition of humblebrag. And that humblebrag #actorslife tweet usually sounds more douchey than Sunday lunch with Donald Trump. (Can you tell I don’t rate him!)
- I would rather my 160 letters were used to convey an actual message that adds value, or is interesting, or thoughtful or fun, rather than make me sound more generic than a bottle of ASDA water. If I add #actorslife it is likely to be a post about something really crappy that happened where I’m being facetious, or an Ah-Mazing audition that will leave other actors feeling rubbish, or a humblebrag about how great I am.
- I have morals. #morals #life #getonwithit
- I do enough stupid things without warranting more crap burdening my emotionally drained head. And if I write #actorslife for every acting related tweet or Facebook post, people are going to be anticipating something magical is about to follow. And then if I don’t write something magical I’m just going to look like a try-hard jerk.
- Do we actually want to tell the world what an actor’s life is like? – e.g. waiting for my agent to call; waiting for my accountant to call; waiting for my hair dye to work; working out what the hell a modern monologue is that hasn’t been done 10 000 times before me.
- In my life…you know this one I’m currently living…acting is just one component of that. See I’m not living and breathing acting every second of my life. I’m actually just busy enjoying being a human, and girlfriend, along with being a mum, a friend, a daughter, a shower singer, a business coach….blah blah. #ActingIsJustOnePartOfMyBusyLife. (oooh maybe that’s why I’m so bloody #blessed.)