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The Real Hollywood

How working actors in Hollywood survive before their big break

We all recognize the beautiful people strutting their stuff on the red carpet. This is the Hollywood that America watches on television, but there’s another side to Tinseltown that tourists and paparazzi rarely catch sight of, the less glamorous side…the real side. It’s the side of the working Hollywood, actors and actresses who aren’t household names yet, but who are staying viable on-screen until their big break comes along.

See also: History of the HOLLYWOOD sign

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Working actor Brian Connors

While it’s certainly not "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous," these working performers make their living acting in commercials and in lesser roles on television and feature films. It’s a career full of ups and downs, but they’re fueled by the lingering hope that their next role will spring them into the upper tiers of the Hollywood hierarchy.

My Generation spent some time with one working actor who's been making a living in Hollywood for 25 years. Now, he’s on the verge of his big break.

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