A few days ago, Geoffrey Owens who was an actor on The Cosby Show, was shamed for working at a Trader Joe's. A lot of people went and supported him like Tyler Perry who offered him an acting gig. One other person who came forward was Nate Richert who was Harvey Kinkle on Sabrina The Teenage Witch that first aired 20 years ago (which is crazy!). So how did Nate help Geoffrey? Well, he talked about his story.
"I've been an actor for 32 yrs (since age 8). I'm extremely lucky to have had any success at all, let alone solid work in film and TV for 6yrs (20yrs ago). I'm currently a maintenance man, a janitor, a carpenter, and do whatever random jobs I can get to pay the bills. I do improv and songwrite to maintain my sanity," Nate shared with his Twitter followers.
"Actors so very rarely have job security or consistent work, quality healthcare, a reasonable retirement. We are actors anyway because it is who we are at the core, for the love and need to bring the words on the page to life and to make you feel them (god, I love to make you laugh!). "Not for fame, at least not in the traditional sense. Fame, to me, has only ever meant 'maybe more work someday.' A necessary evil because fame = the loss of anonymity, which can be uplifting when it brings someone joy, and hard when mean people decide to be mean."
He does look a lot different now too but he makes a good point. You gotta do what you gotta do to make a living and shouldn't feel shamed about it. Circumstances change.