A couple of days ago, a video surfaced of Geoffrey Owens as a cashier in a Trader Joe’s. Owens, who is most notably known for his role as Elvin Tibideaux in the Cosby Show, has a wide range of Television acting experience and I think Tyler Perry wants to put it to good use.
After being ‘job-shamed’, Tyler Perry tweeted out to Geoffrey Owens that he was looking for actors for his new drama on the OWN network:
#GeoffreyOwens I’m about to start shootings OWN’s number one drama next week! Come join us!!! I have so much respect for people who hustle between gigs. The measure of a true artist.
— Tyler Perry (@tylerperry) 4 September 2018
Geoffrey Owens wasted no time responding to Perry’s offer saying that it’s ‘Encouraging’. Does that seem like the type of person who is in need of a job? The man just got a job offer from Tyler Perry and said ‘Meh’. It seems like Owens knows the ins and outs of Hollywood (Via Entertainment Tonight):
“That was kind of cool,” Owens told Entertainment Tonight. “I mean, that kind of sounded like he was saying, ‘Come work with me.’ I’m so, like, skeptical. Like, really? Are you actually saying come work with me? Because we’ve never worked together before. So, that’s a very, very generous thing for him to say. And we’ll see what happens with that. But, that’s encouraging.”
Listen, everybody has seen the struggle… especially if you’re an artist. If you’re trying to get into the performing arts whether it be music, acting or the damn ballet, you’re going to have to work. For one simple reason, work gives you the money you need to pursue those dreams. Sometimes, It’ll be at a crappy restaurant with annoying customers, sometimes it will doing construction and other times you might be working at a grocery store as a cashier. ‘Job-shaming’ Geoffrey Owens for doing what some people would think is ‘beneath them’ is exactly the reason why Geoffrey Owens is more successful then whoever believes that.
He’s been in over 41 different movies and TV shows, some of which you’ll know. The Cosby Show, It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, Law & Order: SVU, Elementary, Medium, and even Romeo and Juliet, yet somehow he was the one that was getting job-shamed? 2018 makes no sense to me but that’s enough of a rant for me. Also, according to the Joe Budden Podcast Trader Joe’s isn’t even that bad and I’m going to take his word for it.