Lately I've had some surprising experiences, that's sure. I get times by times requests of young girls (boys too) who would like to become actresses (actors). In a good case, these are youngs who spent a time in some theater school, or at least at a course, in a less good case they don't have any experiences, but they are talenteds, and in the bad case they are just "aspiring" without experiences, knowledge and either, sadly, talent. The foundation where I work as a director is opened to everybody, the main "selection rules" are first the commitment for the profession, saying the "call", and second the talent. (the third is being trustable and the activity). I'm quite a patient person (colleagues say this at least, however it can happen that I work with a lot of polite people together (: ), and I take as a challenge to bring out of people interested in the theater play what we just can (I mean, them and me while working together). I don't take hopeless anybody, maybe a bit labor-intensive, but I love my work, so no problem.
Lately I had to realise surprisedly, that even in my not-too-big country in Eastern-Europe, the professions related to theater (actresses, actors, costume- and setmakers and directors) began to become much more popular than they were earlier, 10 years ago. Not mentioning the probable causes of this change, I have had some experiences what would be funny, if they wouldn't be so tragic. I got letter already from 15-25 years old girls who took a hard job - obviously - for convincing me how much they would like to become actresses, but weren't able to write a letter 3-4 lines without serious grammatical faults and mistypings (on their first language, of course). (I can accept that someone can be a very talented actress without wide grammar knowledge too, but basically the reading is an important part of the job - and I say this as having two actor colleagues who have dyslexia, but can express themself enough elaborately.)
Their motivations in general:
1.) earning a lot of money (what they think, the culture is a big business?)
2.) without hard work (I met 2 of them who said: "I would like to be an actress because I don't feel like to work.") (it's so obvious they don't have a clue about the whole job)
3.) meeting boys (omg)
After all, this kind of girls don't get jobs in the theater groups, because nobody (neither me, neither other directors I suppose) take them serious, but the tendency is still sad. I hope it will pass away like other fashions, and until this time, I keep my humour sense and the smile.