Friday, October 26, 2012

Revealing spoilers: A good way to end your acting career

by admin

In April of 2011, aspiring actress and Glee extra Nicole Crowther tweeted a spoiler about the season finale of the hit Fox series to her followers on Twitter:

Her revelation of the identities of the show’s prom queen and king evoked the rage of Glee fans worldwide, as well as the show’s co-creator Brad Falchuck, who lashed out at her with this response:

In the face of such a massive faux pas and its aftermath (Nicole was fired from her extras agency and even received death threats from fans), it appeared that her acting career was over.

After learning of her story, however, Jeff Probst of Survivor fame decided to give Nicole a second chance. He invited her to appear as a guest on his new nationally-syndicated daytime talk show, The Jeff Probst Show this fall.

After a segment in which they discuss the far-reaching effects of oversharing on social media (and whether or not she has learned from her mistake), Jeff invited Nicole on an “Ambush Adventure,” giving her the opportunity to audition for a role on NBC’s Grimm with Casting Director Lana Veenker on national television. Talk about an actor’s nightmare!

Watch here to see what happens:


Not everyone gets a second chance after an error in judgment of this magnitude, and it should be mentioned that revealing confidential information about a show you’ve been cast on can irrevocably damage your career and your professional relationships.

Because of problems we’ve had in the past with actors posting spoilers on their Facebook pages and other social media platforms, we now require all talent booked through our office to sign a non-disclosure agreement, even prior to the one they receive on set with their contract.

This is because excited actors, rushing to share the news of their bookings with family and friends, often include plot points and character descriptions, which must remain absolutely confidential until the episode airs or the film is released.

If in doubt about what you can reveal, ASK. Or to be safest, keep the information to yourself.

Has someone ever given you a second chance in the entertainment business after you made a big mistake? Share your story in the comments.