Wednesday, September 24, 2008

I know I'd go from rags to riches

Looking for something decent to watch on TV. The following movie is apparently showing on Bravo right now.

Frogs for Snakes

Synopsis: A talented---but underemployed---group of theater actors support themselves between roles by acting as debt collectors and hit men for the mob in Amos Poe's suspenseful comedy-drama.

I really don't understand the title of this movie. And I don't think this sounds remotely suspenseful or dramatic. But it does sound funny as all hell!! And I think it's a good indication of what artists sometimes have to do to survive. Y'know, when they're not off whining about their grants at taxpayer funded galas and stuff. (As an aside: "rich artists"?!)

Here's the thing. I'm a classically trained pianist who also has a diploma from a prestigious jazz program. And I actually had to work as a debt collector for quite some time in order to survive. I mean, I didn't work for the mob or anything, though a debtor did die in an unusual manner shortly after speaking to one of the other collectors in my office. But it wasn't me, and I didn't kill him. Anyway, my point is that "debt collector" is not a particularly glamorous or fulfilling line of work. It's what you do to pay the bills. Also, the term "starving artist" isn't meant to be sarcastic. It's the norm for artists to struggle. Now "rich artists" on the other hand are few and far between. I don't actually know any of them. And I personally have never been invited to a taxpayer funded gala. Which leads me to wonder. Who are these artists, and how can I make them love me? 'Cause I'm clearly doing something wrong.

Fine. The theater actors in this movie had to work as debt collectors and hit men for the mob. But let's get to the real issue here. Did they declare all of their income on their taxes? 'Cause otherwise, they're in a whole heap o' trouble.


Rhea said...

That is a very strange name for a movie. Very cool that you're a pianist!

Trish said...

Y'know, I honestly don't understand the name of that movie at all. Maybe it would have made sense if I'd watched it. But going from the synopsis, I just don't get it.

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