I Am An Actor: Dramatic portraits of actors in their places of daily work

Michael Wetherbee, actor and server at Brooklyn Diner

We've long been fans of Brooklyn-based photographer Franck Bohbot's work, and his latest series of portraits certainly doesn't disappoint.

I Am An Actor documents the daily lives of New York's aspiring actors and actresses, undertaking part-time or full-time work as a means of income to subsidise the highly competitive nature of acting work, paired with the extortionate cost of living in the city.

Bohbot was inspired to begin the project in 2014, "during a cold winter's night". His first subject was 25-year-old actor Milo Cramer, whose day job is working as a barista in a Brooklyn bakery.

The photographer's vision was shared by interviewer Philippe Ungar, and in the summer of last year they joined forces to create this striking series.

Bohbot's website reads: "In New York, maybe more than anywhere else, the vast majority of actresses and actors have to deal with their acting careers and their daily jobs to support themselves. The project is about photographing them in their daily work, with an intimate portrait and interviewing them in order to better understand the unique relationships they experience between their passion and the reality.

"They work as waiters, dog-walkers, delivery men, preschool teachers, production assistants, lawyers or even private eyes, and often learn something essential from these survival jobs for their own acting. Freezing each actor within a moment of his or her daily life in those portraits, exploring the concept that they are all playing a role on stage and outside the stage, because ultimately, they all have to be somebody."

Discover more at franckbohbot.com.

Image credit: Franck Bohbot

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Paul Mitchell, actor & flyer distributor in Times Square

Charlie Gillette, actress & receptionist, executive assistant at a film production company

Charlie Gillette, actress & receptionist, executive assistant at a film production company

Karsyn Jarrett, actress & development associate

Karsyn Jarrett, actress & development associate

Alexandra Thorson, actress & pilates teacher at New York University

Alexandra Thorson, actress & pilates teacher at New York University

Jody Doo, actress & preschool teacher

Jody Doo, actress & preschool teacher

Ted Jan Roberts, actor & bicycle messenger

Ted Jan Roberts, actor & bicycle messenger

Katharina, actress & salespeople at a fashion handbag retailer

Katharina, actress & salespeople at a fashion handbag retailer

Bukola Ogunmola, actress & zombie in a paintball centre

Bukola Ogunmola, actress & zombie in a paintball centre

Matthew Trumbull, actor & development assistant at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Matthew Trumbull, actor & development assistant at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Nanda Valencia, actress & waitress at a vegan restaurant

Nanda Valencia, actress & waitress at a vegan restaurant

Emma Jean-Girard, actress, clown & waitress

Emma Jean-Girard, actress, clown & waitress

Brian Connor, actor & software designer at multinational technology company

Brian Connor, actor & software designer at multinational technology company

Kathleen Simmonds, actress & associate producer at a documentary film production agency

Kathleen Simmonds, actress & associate producer at a documentary film production agency

Marissa Carpio, actress & office assistant

Marissa Carpio, actress & office assistant

Miste Roule, actress & office manager for a PR company

Miste Roule, actress & office manager for a PR company

Carolina Do, actress & waitress at An Choi

Carolina Do, actress & waitress at An Choi

Georgina Lawry, actress & babysitter

Georgina Lawry, actress & babysitter

Levi Satter, actor & barista at a Brooklyn bakery

Levi Satter, actor & barista at a Brooklyn bakery

Michelle Vo, actress & waitress in a Chelsea Market restaurant

Michelle Vo, actress & waitress in a Chelsea Market restaurant

Randi Sloane, actress & private detective

Randi Sloane, actress & private detective

Shelby Grady, actress & customer service representative

Shelby Grady, actress & customer service representative

Laura Kamin, actress & maître d' at ABC Kitchen

Laura Kamin, actress & maître d' at ABC Kitchen

Drew Scott Alexander, actor & salespeople in a children's furniture store

Drew Scott Alexander, actor & salespeople in a children's furniture store

Hillery Baker, actress & salespeople at a fashion handbag and accessories retailer

Hillery Baker, actress & salespeople at a fashion handbag and accessories retailer

Hanna Cheek, actress & bartender, nanny and building super

Hanna Cheek, actress & bartender, nanny and building super

Leta Renée-Alan, actress & waitress at an Italian Restaurant

Leta Renée-Alan, actress & waitress at an Italian Restaurant

Vin Kridakorn, actor & delivery man at bike delivery service

Vin Kridakorn, actor & delivery man at bike delivery service

Maritza Hernandez, actress & paralegal

Maritza Hernandez, actress & paralegal

Melissa Mickens, actress & teaching artist at Stella Adler

Melissa Mickens, actress & teaching artist at Stella Adler

Kate Owens, actress & dog walker

Kate Owens, actress & dog walker

Tia Link, actress & lawyer at Shazam

Tia Link, actress & lawyer at Shazam

Zach Wachter, actor & waiter at a Tribeca Japanese restaurant

Zach Wachter, actor & waiter at a Tribeca Japanese restaurant

Alex Smith, actor & head game designer at the Real Escape Game

Alex Smith, actor & head game designer at the Real Escape Game

Kaitlin Kaufman, actress & pre-college instructor

Kaitlin Kaufman, actress & pre-college instructor

Milo Cramer, actor & barista at Colson Patisserie

Milo Cramer, actor & barista at Colson Patisserie

Michelle Beshaw, actress & manager at the Brooklyn Museum Shop

Michelle Beshaw, actress & manager at the Brooklyn Museum Shop

 Michael Jay Henry, actor & divorce mediator

Michael Jay Henry, actor & divorce mediator