Hey 3.5 readers.
Unless you’re old like me, you probably don’t even know who he is.
And honestly, even if you’re my age, you probably didn’t know his name. All these years, I just knew him as “The Guy Who Played Dr. Huxtable’s Son-in-Law” on The Cosby Show.
Recently, Owens was spotted working at a Trader Joe’s in New Jersey. A photo was snapped of him with a gray beard and a Trader Joe’s name tag and cue the media nonsense that he’s a loser because he once appeared on a TV show and now he’s bagging groceries.
My first reaction is this sucks. What’s that old saying? “The best laid plans of mice and men…”
In other words, you pursue your dreams, but you also have to take what life gives you. Sometimes that’s a role on a popular TV show you’re young. Sometimes that’s ringing up produce when you’re older.
Look at what often happens to young celebrities. They’re on a hit TV show when they are young. Then that show ends and they assume they’ve made it. The roles will come in, the money will come in but then, boom, for whatever reason, nothing.
Often, all this means is that people loved that person in this one role, but another good role was never found. These young celebs often end up turning to drugs and alcohol. The idea of finding a straight job ends up feeling like something to be ashamed of. Worse, if you’re still hoping for more acting work, rumors that you’re working a menial job probably don’t help.
So it sounds like one big crazy cycle of crap.
I can’t think of their names, but the actors who played Chunk on the Goonies and Paul on the Wonder Years strike me as good examples of young actors who knew when to hold em and knew when to fold em. Both got out of acting and became lawyers. Both understood that success in one role didn’t mean a ticket to stardom. Both found something else to do.
In short, there was nothing wrong with Owens bagging groceries. Really, what’s wrong with it?
Just talking about all actors in general, if you find that acting work isn’t coming your way, why not get a regular job? Maybe you saved a lot of money from your acting days. So what? Get a job at a supermarket because, dude, seriously, what else are you going to do? Sit on the couch?
Maybe you didn’t save your money, maybe you didn’t make as much as the public thinks you did, or maybe you were very responsible and careful with your money but dude, come on, money made decades ago won’t last forever….whatever. Who cares? If you’ve got the time and the acting gods aren’t being kind, then there’s nothing wrong with doing something else.
I guess what I’m saying is be nice to celebrities who get day jobs. If you go through the drive-thru one day and spot an actor from a TV show you liked years ago, just smile and move on.
And hell, the economy isn’t what it used to be. There just aren’t enough resources for everyone’s dreams and goals to pan out. That guy who went to law school and is now bringing you your pancakes doesn’t need your disdain. That dude who was a multimillionaire stock broker and is now cleaning your toilet doesn’t need your scoffery.
People have to make livings. People have to keep their time occupied with productive work. High levels of success aren’t always sustainable so don’t give people crap for doing what they have to do to keep bills paid.
Really, the only time you’ve lost is if you’re capable of doing work and yet you lay down, give up, crack open the bottle, and let all the naysayers keep you down.
And the good news is that Owens got a part in a Tyler Perry TV show though, I mean, just throwing it out there, it is a Tyler Perry TV show so, not gonna lie, a career at Trader Joe’s probably has longer lasting prospects.
Zing! Sorry. Can’t help myself. No wonder this blog only has 3.5 readers.
I liked his attitude about it though. He’s been very vocal that a job is a job, one is not better than another. It’s something this country needs a serious reminder about before we can’t get a plumber or electrician for love or money.
Sometimes I wish I would have taken the money I spent on college and started a business right out of high school. I honestly can’t say I’d be any worse off and most likely would be better.