Well, with the current cultural climate, when you get out of college and you go out and people say "So what do you do?" and you say "I'm an actor", that pretty much means "I'm a stuck-up, arrogant, self-involved ass who's behind on my rent and credit card payments and I won't go lower than my metaphorical job limit and just get a gig hopping tables for some cash". Sad to say, but true. Same with musicians, only with them it's "I'm a desperate-for-cash person who didn't listen to my common sense and I am behind on my rent and credit card payments, can you give me a gig? Just any gig? Like, at your birthday party, or something, man?"