“Aging on the market as a woman? Honestly? You better shouldn´t age.” Sinikka Schubert
I know Sinikka from years ago, when I was working and studying at the “Playhouse Salzburg” theatre.
I remember perfectly the day I watched her playing the main role Joan at Bertold Brecht’s play “Saint Joan of the Stockyards”. She was so truthful, her performance was authentic and touching, her way to play sensitive and refined. From this moment on I was her fan. Over the years I watched her brilliant play in so many different characters and roles and every time she transformed into a different person, melted with the character.
Great artists are humble, as they know that it is not their art, they don´t own art, art happens through them. Their body is only a vehicle to express art. Sinikka is one of these artists. She is not only great on stage, but she has a humble and tender character, and moves through life full of faith and love.
Through the years our friendship grew, nowadays we are very close to each other, and her opinion matters a lot to me.
Her contribution to Meatfactory is very honest and touches a theme that every actor faces on a regular base: Disrespectful refusal and resultant disappointment.
Believe it or not, in the Industry actors are the last people on the chain and I have never ever received a notice for if I haven´t been chosen for a role. But Yes, I give everything I can for every (unpaid!) Casting I do, again and again. And every time we wait. We wait and the answer never comes. Why do we still wait? Because we do have hope. Hope is what carries us from day to day. Hope that one day we will get that role. That’s why we continue because we love our job and we carry the belief within us that we deserve to work with what we love.
SO PLEASE, SHOW SOME RESPECT!
Thank you Sinikka!
MEATFACTORY: Why do you work as an Artist?
SINIKKA SCHUBERT: Every time on stage or in front of the camera I wish that I can touch some people’s hearts the way I embody characters. That’s my main motivation. I don’t need big success, but I want to make a living doing my job. Because I love my job and don’t want to have to do another.
M: How is day to day reality vs to what you expected it to be like in the beginning/ or to what people think it is like?
S S: Fortunately my teachers in acting school did a very good job: from the very beginning they disillusioned our wildest dreams. That may sound bitter, but I have to say: I was prepared for reality. And reality is quite hard and in most of the cases far from „doing great art“.
Most people think we earn a lot of money, have an excessive way of life and do this as a hobby.
They don’t realize how much artisanry this job requires, how much concentration and discipline (you can’t afford to be drunk or insecure, for excample, you have to deliver) and how much abandonment. We usually earn less than most people do and have to stand a lot of uncertainty.
M: Is there a union between actors/ artists? what are your experiences?
S S: Unfortunaltely not really.
Because most of us are afraid of losing their jobs and we all want to play so desperately, there is always someone who does it for less (or free, even). That is our undoing, I think. Because they often take the “cheaper one”.
We should know, what our work (and mostly it is hard work!) is worth!
If we continue to undercut our value, then we have to continue to do additional jobs, because we can not afford being an actor.
Only because of our lack of solidarity the honorable project „art but fair“ doesn’t really succeed – in my opinion: it is sad and embarrassing!
M: How is it like to be a woman on the market?
S S: Honestly? I wish I were a man.
M: What are your thoughts about aging on the market?
S S: As a woman? You better shouldn’t age.