Typecast

Typecast as 'Joey' from 'Friends' — Photo by Richard Goldschmidt

Typecast as ‘Joey’ from ‘Friends’ — Photo by Richard Goldschmidt

I saw Matt LeBlanc in ES Magazine (tl;dr) and realised I haven’t seen him in anything good since Friends. I thought his spin off, Joey, was average at best. Besides the point. I guess Friends was a gift and a curse because, to many people, he’ll always be Joey. He’s been typecast by that role. But then it dawned on me: I’ve been typecast! Although, admittedly I probably brought it on myself. And don’t we all?

Unless you’ve got multiple personalities or some other mental disorder, you’re probably relatively stable. People you know will inevitably develop a certain image of you; you’ll be associated with certain traits, behaviour and types of activities. And that’s not so bad, right? But we’re more than what others see. What happens when more is revealed? Shock? Awe? Horror? Vehement opposition? How do we escape the trap of being typecast in life? Regular acts of randomness and spontaneity perhaps…
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