confused and concerned –
"Customers like hitting our actors, its something they live with. Its terrible for sure...not much you can do about it. Its the life and times of a haunted house actor."
I just stumbled on this thread and thus the above quote. The quote was from Sept of '07, so hopefully it is not something that would be repeated again, especially from a haunt owner.
The apathy of that statement scares me more than whatever dumb things our customers do and say. This thread began as a well-earned vent from actors and turned into an amusing back and forth with stories and advice for how to react to the stupidity of customers. The fact that none of the actors on here replied to the above quote amazed me. How can you, the actor who is at risk, not reply to a haunt owner saying there is nothing we can do about it and we should just live with it? I have been acting since 1993 and was hit ONCE because frankly, once was enough to teach me quite a few lessons. It is absolutely the responsibility of the haunt owners and managers to teach their actors how to deal with the many things the customers throw at us and it is the responsibility of the actors to put their safety before the scare. Some things we just can't prepare for, but to say there isn't much to do about it is irresponsible and very much a symptom of the problem of being a haunt actor and why our job has become more difficult and less enjoyable despite the growth of the haunt industry as a whole.
Please continue to exchange stories and advice with other actors, but unless the owners, managers and operators are reading and heeding what is being said then not much is going to change.
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What can we teach you about fear?