Archives for October 2005

“The Net” was an awesome movie

Do you recall the movie “The Net” starring Sandra Bullock? Remember how crazy it was to have a movie about this big unkown we call “the net”. Everything seemed so new and mysterious. Try watching that movie now. It doesn’t hold up very well.

The above sentence has nothing to do with this post. I just wanted to get that off of my chest. You see, one of the major benefits to being me is that I have some very obscure thoughts. I guess I just don’t think along the same lines of the majority. Or, perhaps, I am just the only one who actually says what they are thinking. Either way, this paragraph also has nothing to do with the subject of this post.

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Trying to make it as a Somali actor

I think that the ethnicity that provides aspiring actors with the least opportunity for success would be Somali. Why, you ask? Well, that’s simple; there are very few roles in American cinema that provide opportunities for Somali actors. The following essay is meant to prove a point that has been bothering me for the past several years.

First of all, let me give you some background. I didn’t spend much time in Minneapolis until a little over two years ago. Up until this time, I spent almost all of my time in the city of St. Paul. Then two things happened that contributed to my gradual migration to the larger of the Twin Cities. The first event was my gainful employment with Minneapolis Public Schools. The second being less of an event, and more of a gradual process, is that my friends began immigrating to the lovely city of Minneapolis by the dozens. Both of these events led me to more common interactions with a group of people whom I had previously only known about in theory. Yes, I started meeting and interacting with Somali people on a daily basis.

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