Start going to the gym? Absolutely. Tell my parents? Definitely not.
An anecdote that represents the great convergence of these twin identities as a single person and a struggling artist: once upon a time, my agent faxed me a script that included several lengthy sex scenes involving my character and the two ladies with whom he was attempting to co-habituate.
It struck me that I had received a similar response from the last girl I took on a date. We had a great time but it was clear I wasn’t what she had in mind (and she definitely did not ask me to engage in any sex scenes, lengthy or otherwise).
Dear _(insert name here)____________:
I thank you for giving me the opportunity to include
you in my future endeavours. Unfortunately, you do not
meet my needs for one of the following reasons (I’ve circled all that apply):
1) You need to develop your skills.
2) You aren’t what I had in mind.
3) You gave a lousy audition. Please improve yourself and come back another time.
4) You came off as being “weird”, “problematic” or “difficult”.
5) I heard a rumour you were “weird”, “problematic” or “difficult”.
6) I myself am “weird”, “problematic” or “difficult”.
7) The position has already been filled and I was
simply seeing you to reaffirm that my original instincts were correct.
8) This is simply a case of preferring Pepsi over
Coke. In other words, you did nothing to distinguish yourself.
9) It came down to you and someone I’ve worked
_(insert signature here)______________________