Apparently some folks haven't been told, so I'm telling you.
Retire this ENTIRE line of questioning, post-haste:
1.) Are you working?
No, I sit at home and watch TV all day. Casting directors call me and offer me jobs on the shows that I like.
2.) How long are you going to do this?
Until I don't want to do it anymore. How long are you going to go to that office job that you HATE?
3.) Do you have a real job too?
You mean this is a FAKE job? Well, they send me real checks, so I think I'll just keep it.
4.) Why don't you get on that hit show (insert title here)?
Thanks for the suggestion. I hadn't thought of that. I'll just go to the set right now.
5.) Do you have something to fall back on?
Yes, because I intend to fail at this. Do you have something to fall back on on case your business fails?
6.) How much money did you make on that movie/ commercial/ TV show?
Let me see your bank statement, and I'll show you mine. No?
7.) How come you weren't onscreen that long?
Because I had better things to do. What the hell kind of question is that?
8.) Would you get me an autograph?
Sure, and while I'm at it, you go get YOUR colleagues to put their signatures on little slips of paper for people they don't know? We'll trade.
9.) Why don't you contact Oprah/ Tyler Perry? (this question is usually directed to black actors)
I'll just call them up right now. I'm sure they're just waiting to hear from actors who want to use them to advance their own careers.
10.) Don't the casting people know you by now? How come you still have to audition?
Didn't you send your resume to that company? How come you still have to interview?
ALL of those are actual questions that I've been asked a number of times. None of that crap is helpful, supportive, or encouraging. Some of it is none of your business.
Consider yourself informed.