From the Greenroom...

"Black or white, good parts are hard to come by. A good actor with a good opportunity has a shot; without the opportunity it doesn't matter how good you are." - Denzel Washington

As the business of acting tends to toughen the skin, actors are best served by being sensitive and aware at the same time they are by being resilient. These "skills" are well used when an article such as this one is published, which came out just days ago: https://www.thestage.co.uk/features/2016/uk-vs-us-drama-training-different/ 

Taking the US as a whole, this article appears false and under-informed; with 17 retweets and 29 likes it has made, at the very least, a modicum of impact on those who saw fit to take positive notice and pass it on. Though it may have tried to appear to "not take sides" overall, the message seems clear. For a start, the article looks most closely at the LA school of thought (a fraction of the US) vs UK schooling and states at one point, "The current influx of British (especially male) actors being hired by American directors seems to reflect a UK drama system in the lead" with no solid evidence that schooling has anything to do with this current influx. There are more points which can be made here but it is best for you to read the article for yourself and decide what you think.

Whether you are an actor from Canada or the US, it helps to know and think critically about articles such as this one because of the potential impact on your life in the industry here. Surely there are many heroes in the UK who are working to dispell any outdated or negative perceptions of "American" actors that may try to permeate their way into our workplace and livelihood. We can be thankful for and celebrate these people. Simultaneously, we should be wary and ready to handle potential situations which may arise from those who knowingly or unknowingly perpetuate stereotypes that harm relations amongst all entertainment professionals working in the UK. Let us do what we can to continue helping create opportunities for our fellow North American actors on this side of the Atlantic; and may the force be with you.