In the past few days, I have been quoted in major international publications about actor Tom Sizemore’s alleged molestation of a young girl on one of my sets fourteen years ago.
Because the story has been told in so many news reports, I will spare you the details, which you can certainly find online if you want. This is my opportunity to reach out to the ReelGuru.com community about not just this charge, but the climate of molestation in general.
I have said from the beginning that I launched ReelGuru.com in order to protect actors from the abundant scammers that prey on actors, and it saddens me to say that I need to add “protection from predators” to our mission statement.
I’ll start by making it abundantly clear that sexual advances with promises of fame and fortune are bogus. Not only can one person not completely “make your career,” but not any one person can “ruin your career” either. There is simply no one person who is that powerful — anywhere, in any field. That person may be able to get you a role, but your talent is still what will move you forward in your career. It concerns me that there are people who have such low self-esteem that they are willing to sell their souls for a fleeting 15 minutes of fame. If you are a parent, raise your children to have pride in themselves and in “doing the right thing.” As old-school as it sounds, a life of ethics, respect, and love is what will allow you to sleep well at night. Although most of us try to live our lives in the present, bad choices we’ve made in our past can often haunt us all the way to the grave.
Not only can one person not completely “make your career,” but not any one person can “ruin your career” either. There is simply no one person who is that powerful — anywhere, in any field.
Several years ago, I had the pleasure of meeting Traci Lords. If you don’t know who she is, look her up. I will not perpetuate the past that has clung to her like a barnacle by talking about her past in this article. Suffice it to say that as a very young woman, she made some career choices that were most certainly a result of her abusive upbringing. Today, she is a wife, a mother, and has a double-platinum album. When I met her, she was kind and bright and brought no “victim” vibe to her persona. To this day, the attributes that I just mentioned are deeply overshadowed by choices that she made as a child (literally). I’m sure that she would be the first to say that unfortunate choices in her younger years have deeply affected her present.
I hope that you will take my words to heart. No matter who you are, what your past is, what you look like, how old you are, etc., you are perfect just the way you are. Use who you are, just the way you are, to move ahead. Don’t ever compromise your values.
I will be putting out a course on how to protect yourself as an actor, and how to protect your child actors, and there will be no charge for it. We are in a climate of change, and with change needs to come awareness. I hope that I can make a small dent in that awareness.
No one deserves to be abused, ever, in any way.
If you or someone you know has been affected by sexual assault, you can contact the national sexual assault hotline at 800.656.HOPE (4673).
– Catrine McGregor
Catrine McGregor is an award-winning producer and casting director whose career spans almost forty years and projects ranging from feature films to TV shows to IMAX movies to interactive video games. McGregor began her career at Disney Studios after receiving her dual Master’s Degrees and Film/TV and Education from Loyola-Marymount University in Los Angeles. She went on to work on Warner Brothers projects as well as many independent films as a producer and casting director.
Her passion for actors has led her to work closely with many beginners and celebrities alike, and she is proud to have been an integral part of launching the careers of many faces that now grace movie and TV screens. Catrine is dedicated to producing content that makes a difference.
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Last modified: November 15, 2017