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Being the toast of Hollywood today doesn’t mean things will be the same tomorrow. While some actors remain favorites for years, others seem to come and go after a couple of movies. There’s usually more at play than simply a change in box office receipts. Even bankable performers can find themselves looking for opportunities outside the Hollywood machine. Here are four examples of why some performers may move on to independent studios or forge completely new careers far from the lights of Hollywood.

They Get Older

Ageism is nothing new and is certainly not limited to the arts. Even so, a performer who grows up or begins to gray may find that leading and supporting roles with the major studios becomes a thing of the past.

Consider the case of Christopher Mintz-Plasse who hit the big time when he was still a teenager. Now in his late twenties, this former McLovin from Superbad looks different these days. Some say that one of the reasons he steers more toward music and roles in independent films is that he is no longer suitable for the roles he did a decade ago.

For every actor who is able to make the transition to other types of roles, there is one who disappears completely. The bottom line is that Hollywood was and remains all about money. When the box office returns decrease, the aging actor is likely to find offers to be few and far between.

Their Political Views are Unpopular

Airing political views are fine as long as they don’t drive customers away. Once an actor takes a stand that is unpopular with moviegoers, it’s just a matter of time before the offers go away. The actor can often find work in independent films or by heading for Broadway or television, but continuing in Hollywood just isn’t possible.

They Buck the Hollywood Machine

Most people have read about the degree of control movie studios had over the private lives of their performers during the Golden Age. While the studio system has been history for several decades, there are lingering traces. Anyone who wants to get ahead must play the game or be pushed to the sidelines.

Taking the example of mclovin again, it seems to boil down to an unwillingness to shut up and do as the actor is told. Rejecting roles that are obviously not a good fit or otherwise being viewed as uncooperative is a career killer. The only option is to step away from Hollywood and seek opportunities elsewhere.

They Refuse to Be Typecast

Typecasting has been around since the days of silent films. The public loves an actor in a certain kind of role so the powers that be are happy to meet the demand. When an actor balks because of fears of being typecast, the studios simply find someone else who can fill the void. The actor may find opportunities away from Hollywood, or decide to leave the business altogether.

Remember that all that glitters in Hollywood is not gold. The business of film making can be one of the most grueling and ultimately unrewarding experiences a performer can experience. As technology provides more opportunities that are not controlled by traditional studios, expect to find some of your favorites appearing in smaller but often higher quality roles far from the place that once embraced them fully.

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Time Saving Beauty Hacks For Busy Moms
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No matter how busy you think your life is, you’ve probably got nothing on the crazy schedule of a new mom. All at once, everything else in your life that used to draw your attention is now shifted to your child. It’s not surprising or unnatural that putting aside time for some much-needed self-care is no longer a priority once women start a family.

The constant needs of a child can drown self-care needs that used to be a priority before motherhood. Taking time to style your hair just right, put on a full face of makeup or even getting to have a shower all to yourself seem like the dreams of yesterday for busy moms.

Being a mom, whether you are in Chicago or Los Angeles is the most important role that you will ever have; it’s universally demanding. It’s also important to start teaching your child about taking time to take care of themselves, which they can learn by watching you. Grooming habits and taking care of yourself even when you are pressed for time is a good example of healthy habits to pass along to your children.

You don’t need to look like you are about to walk a runway every day but there are a few time-saving beauty hacks that are great for busy moms. From getting the best laser hair removal Chicago has to offer to embracing your natural hair color and texture, you can still save time and look radiant.

Minimize Makeup Routine

There isn’t a mother on the planet that doesn’t know what it’s like to always look tired around the eyes and lose a bit of your natural glow from pure exhaustion. You may not want to completely embrace the fully natural look but, that doesn’t mean that you can’t show your beauty to the world.

Start with a combination product that includes moisturizer and a light pigment to help you renew your skin’s moisture and even out your complexion. Add a bit of mascara to your upper and lower lashes to give your eyes a more alert and open appearance. Finish off your look with a bright lip stain that will stay on all day and stand up to lots of baby kisses.

Shower At Night

Days are the busiest time for moms so it can be nearly impossible to fit a shower for yourself into the schedule. Take a bit of time at night when the day slows down a bit to jump in the shower for a few minutes. This can become a relaxing routine at the end of a long mommy day and help you to sleep better and rise ready for another day.

Simple Hair

When you become a mom you can say goodbye to fancy hairstyles on a daily basis. This doesn’t mean that you have to walk around looking like you have never used a brush or a comb but, embracing your natural hair has its benefits. Get comfortable with your natural hair texture and try simple styles that can be done on the run.

You may even want to go with a short and sassy style when you start your family. Most women can rock a pixie cut with very little effort and maintenance.

Laser Hair Removal

Mom’s that can barely get in the shower long enough to rinse off don’t have time to worry about shaving their legs. Most moms know that things can get pretty prickly between shaving sessions. If you want a permanent solution you can talk to a dermatologist about the benefits of having laser hair removal treatments.


There is nothing more beautiful than a new mother. Even with a busy schedule and a huge shift in your priorities, it’s still possible to look your best with these time-saving beauty hacks.

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Author: Michelle Couch, Financial and parenting writer

Michelle Couch is a freelance writer who covers family finance, personal finance, parenting and more. Couch lives in Maryland, MA and loves to leverage credit card points to travel with her husband and two children. 

Having a baby brings overwhelming joy but also comes with a lot of new expenses. From buying packs of diapers in bulk, to walking the grocery aisles for baby food, your expanding shopping list may mean it’s time to consider opening a credit card that fit your new family needs.

Data shows, in the first year alone, the cost of raising a baby can run up to $21,000, and the cost of raising a child to adulthood can increase after that. In order to maximize your financial flexibility and your credit card rewards, the credit cards you carry should evolve as your family and spending habits change. Read on for the qualities you should look for as well as some of the best credit cards for each stage of raising a family based on your goals and spending habits.

Parenting stage: Newborn baby

When you have a newborn baby, you will spend an outrageous amount of money on new baby gear – from diapers to medical bills and childcare. Having a credit card that gives you rewards and cash back for all those expenses can be beneficial and help ease the burden of all those extra costs. Choose an easy-to-use card that will reward you for the spending you’re going to do and skip cards that give you extra points for entertainment and dining out, since you’ll likely cut back in those categories. The Brim Financial credit card, for example, has built a unique rewards marketplace that provides points for the things you will need for your little one like groceries and retail items.

Parenting stage: School-age kids

As time goes on, you’ll spend less on diapers and baby food, but that does not mean spending costs will decrease. A USDA analysis found that family expenses actually increase as a child ages. Spending costs will go more towards extracurricular activities and your grocery budget will increase. New moms and dads will appreciate the Blue Cash Preferred® Card from American Express because this credit card offers the highest cash-back rate at U.S. supermarkets at 6%.

Parenting stage: Teenagers

Once your child is 16, many experts recommend making your teenager an authorized user on one of your credit cards to help build your child’s credit history. Keep in mind that just because you add your teen as a user doesn’t mean you have to give them the card. If your goal is to maximize rewards, The Chase Freedom and Discover It Cash Back all offers 5 percent cash back each category in different categories, ranging from dining to gas.

Parenting stage: Kids off to college

It’s never too early to start saving for your child’s college education. 529 college savings plans are your best bet when planning for future college costs. A 529 plan is a savings account where the money is used to pay for the beneficiary’s college expenses and K-12 tuition, tax-free. If your goal is to enjoy more time to yourself since your child is away at college, apply for a premium travel card with a big sign-up bonus to help pay for those planned vacations. The Chase Preferred and Reserve cards offer 3 percent back in both dining and travel.

The Takeaway

As your children grow from diapers to college caps and gowns, different credit cards can help you reach and manage your goals dependent on your household spending. Credit card users should switch cards frequently as their spending habits change and the issuers change their offerings.

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