Zig-Zagged: Bob, despite a promising start to his film career, ends up in a terriblerole that defines him for the next decade or so, and by this time he has become utterly jaded, sarcastic, and mean to everyone around him while on the job. A later role redeems him to a degree and he softens, but the bitter feelings over his Old Shame never completely go away.
Averted: Bob never mentions what he thinks of his acting job, to complain or otherwise.
Conversed: "Why don't they hire actors who really like their jobs? Wouldn't the ole soft shoe be hard to work with?" "They must like it enough to stay and not get fired, but hate it enough to complain."
Implied: In one scene, Bob is seen walking into a film studio with an expectant grin on his face. Next scene, he's sitting in a bar with a cup of beer, obviously depressed.
Deconstructed: Bob wanted to be an actor because he genuinely enjoys the moviemaking experience. However, when he keeps getting terrible projects that erode his self-esteem and that he feels are beneath his potential, he begins to dislike his job. As a result, after trying and failing to negotiate better jobs, he starts publicly arguing with the director, consistently turns up late for filming, and becomes an embarrassment to the studio. They fire him.
Played For Laughs: Bob joins a support group for depressed actors who can never get good roles.
Played For Drama: Initially hopeful, Bob becomes increasingly cynical about moviemaking to the point that he only bothers to show up because he's paid, and ends up barely stopping himself from quitting out of despair when his dreams of stardom fail to materialize and he realizes that he's been hopelessly typecasted.
Intended Audience Reaction: Bob's story is told to show the dark side of show business and its effect on people.