Michael Harry solves your daily dilem­mas

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AQMy girl­friend is re­ally great, but she has a de­luded dream that she is go­ing to be an ac­tress. I have seen her act. She can’t. How can I be en­thu­si­as­tic when I know she is wast­ing her time? JK, Glen­side. Put it this way; an abil­ity to act has not stopped many a suc­cess­ful ac­tor. How hard can act­ing re­ally be? Emote, flounce, pinch your­self, cry, be a tree. Most of the time you’re just read­ing what other peo­ple have writ­ten for you any­way. It’s like be­ing a highly paid par­rot. The re­al­ity is, to suc­ceed as an ac­tor you have to be re­ally, re­ally, stu­pen­dously, lotto-win­ningly lucky. Tal­ent and looks only get you so far. Your girl­friend might be dis­cov­ered and be­come the next Cate Blanchett. But prob­a­bly not. Even if she was tal­ented (a sub­jec­tive no­tion), the an­swer would still be prob­a­bly not. Though it is cer­tainly not up to you to de­stroy her dreams. If you re­ally think she’s a great per­son, then you’re just go­ing to have to suck it up and run lines of The Seag­ull with her un­til she gets lucky, or gets the mes­sage. Send your ques­tions to har­[email protected]

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