Katie Byrne: ahead of the pack
Why does a peer's success make us question our own?
A friend of mine has recently had considerable success as an actor. We met on the audition scene many years ago when I decided that I'd like to give acting a go too.
'Audition scene' makes it sound terribly glamorous. It wasn't. This was the entry-level, portfolio-building, student short-film world of acting.
It's a cottage industry in which the director is often only a few years out of puberty and deferred payment usually means no payment at all.