We’ve long been fans of Brooklyn-based photographer Franck Bohbot’s work, and his latest series of portraits certainly doesn’t disappoint.
I Am An Actor documents the daily lives of New York’s aspiring actors and actresses, undertaking part-time or full-time work as a means of income to subsidise the highly competitive nature of acting work, paired with the extortionate cost of living in the city.
Bohbot was inspired to begin the project in 2014, “during a cold winter’s night”. His first subject was 25-year-old actor Milo Cramer, whose day job is working as a barista in a Brooklyn bakery.
The photographer’s vision was shared by interviewer Philippe Ungar, and in the summer of last year they joined forces to create this striking series.
Bohbot’s website reads: “In New York, maybe more than anywhere else, the vast majority of actresses and actors have to deal with their acting careers and their daily jobs to support themselves. The project is about photographing them in their daily work, with an intimate portrait and interviewing them in order to better understand the unique relationships they experience between their passion and the reality.
“They work as waiters, dog-walkers, delivery men, preschool teachers, production assistants, lawyers or even private eyes, and often learn something essential from these survival jobs for their own acting. Freezing each actor within a moment of his or her daily life in those portraits, exploring the concept that they are all playing a role on stage and outside the stage, because ultimately, they all have to be somebody.”
Discover more at franckbohbot.com.
Image credit: Franck Bohbot
Paul Mitchell, actor & flyer distributor in Times Square
Charlie Gillette, actress & receptionist, executive assistant at a film production company
Karsyn Jarrett, actress & development associate
Alexandra Thorson, actress & pilates teacher at New York University
Jody Doo, actress & preschool teacher
Ted Jan Roberts, actor & bicycle messenger
Katharina, actress & salespeople at a fashion handbag retailer
Bukola Ogunmola, actress & zombie in a paintball centre
Matthew Trumbull, actor & development assistant at The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Nanda Valencia, actress & waitress at a vegan restaurant
Emma Jean-Girard, actress, clown & waitress
Brian Connor, actor & software designer at multinational technology company
Kathleen Simmonds, actress & associate producer at a documentary film production agency
Marissa Carpio, actress & office assistant
Miste Roule, actress & office manager for a PR company
Carolina Do, actress & waitress at An Choi
Georgina Lawry, actress & babysitter
Levi Satter, actor & barista at a Brooklyn bakery
Michelle Vo, actress & waitress in a Chelsea Market restaurant
Randi Sloane, actress & private detective
Shelby Grady, actress & customer service representative
Laura Kamin, actress & maître d’ at ABC Kitchen
Drew Scott Alexander, actor & salespeople in a children’s furniture store
Hillery Baker, actress & salespeople at a fashion handbag and accessories retailer
Hanna Cheek, actress & bartender, nanny and building super
Leta Renée-Alan, actress & waitress at an Italian Restaurant
Vin Kridakorn, actor & delivery man at bike delivery service
Maritza Hernandez, actress & paralegal
Melissa Mickens, actress & teaching artist at Stella Adler
Kate Owens, actress & dog walker
Tia Link, actress & lawyer at Shazam
Zach Wachter, actor & waiter at a Tribeca Japanese restaurant
Alex Smith, actor & head game designer at the Real Escape Game
Kaitlin Kaufman, actress & pre-college instructor
Milo Cramer, actor & barista at Colson Patisserie
Michelle Beshaw, actress & manager at the Brooklyn Museum Shop
Michael Jay Henry, actor & divorce mediator