I've been reading/watching a few interviews and it seems like soap veterans often have difficulty finding jobs when their soaps are cancelled. Whilst, their young counterparts find roles on other soaps, primetime shows, plays and even movies. The older actors often end up jobless.
Beverlee McKinsey's TV Guide interview was an interesting read
(http://iriswheeler.t...de19920811.html) It seemed like her time on soaps slightly affected her chances of getting work outside of the genre.
"I don't want to do a soap again. The only thing I'd like to do is a sitcom. Of course, I don't even have an agent! You know what I'm saying? I've worked for so long in daytime with no plans of ever doing anything else. How do you get a sitcom without an agent? How do you get an agent when you haven't had one for 15 years? So, you see, I really have no plans. I just know that I don't want to do Guiding Light anymore. My friend [exec producer] John Conboy says I can get any agent I want, but I don't know that I can. I'm a big deal in daytime but nobody else gives a rat's hip about us soap people."
Maurice Benard did an interview with Michael Fairman back in September and he had this to say:
"We all know it’s tough, especially when you’ve been on a soap for as long as I have. In terms of trying to break out, nobody really cares about soaps. Within the soap world, it’s the greatest job in the world. But for me, it will be tough unless somebody gives me that break."
This article is a great read ---> http://xfinity.comca...r-and-blogging/
SO, Can being a long-time soap actor be a burden? What do y'all think?