Why has Wang never directed anything since? All current Trek actor/directors got their break on Trek and continued on to other shows. I think it would be very hard to break out as a director on a new show. ___________
But if the producers felt one has to be able to act, before they can direct, that would explain why Garrote Wang never directed! Not to mention, Wang had no work ethic and was busy partying all the time. So why reward bad behavior and lack of talent?
Wang not getting any acting gigs post Voyager sort of proves that theory.
How often do you see Gates Mcfadden, Marina Sirtis, Ethan Phillips or Robert Beltran on the screen after Trek? Almost never. Do they all have a poor work ethic? Of course not. There's probably a multitude of reasons why they never had big parts in the business again. Wang probably knew that Trek actors often have a hard time finding acting parts after their Trek stint. It's probably the reason why he and others wanted to direct. And while Robert duncan McNeill and Roxann Dawson have hardly acted at all since Voyager, they now have a steady jobs directing for some great tv shows.
Gate evidently doesn't spend a lot of time on TV anymore...
What I learned from the Boston convention I attended this year, she is highly involved in a local LA theater.
Marina Sirtis was complaining that Gates never used her in a production, but then again she teased that Gates didn't pay enough to make it worth her while to join a production.
As "artistic director" one would assume Gates keeps a tight rein on the expenses.
Marina has worked intermittently but consistently over the years, her recent role in NCIS has the real potential of being recurring.
Robert Beltran has had a recurring role on the cable show 2009-2010.
He's also been in various stage productions, over the years, which are not tracked by IMDB... obviously.
Ethan "Johnny" Phillips has also worked consistently since Voyager ended in various TV film productions.
Garrett's IMDB is "short"...
...but then I am also unaware of any stage work he might have participated in over the years.
Kate's own IMDB looks sparse over several years, but I know she toured for several years in "Tea at Five", and did various other stage plays for weeks to months at a time... the last one I caught was her Cleopatra in Hartford a few years ago.
Bill Shatner said some interesting things at the Boston convention this year, regarding breaking into the "business". Someone wanted him to read/promote a script and he declined for legal reasons. He then pointed out that people have many avenues available to them that did not exist a decade ago, including self promotion of their own digital films on the internet.
That's what the dude in Ticonderoga does, and he's enticed Tim Russ, Nichelle Nichols, Walter Koenig (sp?), George Takiae (sp?) Garrett Wang to join him for various summer shooting projects. I don't doubt that experience helped Tim Russ in his plans to do "Renegades".
Its one of the reasons that Brent Spiner did his own web based series last year and I suspect why Mulgrew gravitated to the surreal 15 minute NTSFSD:SUV.
These guys want to work, but there are limited jobs out there. If you are going to hire someone, is the first guy on your call sheet going to be the one who's been busy dissing his old bosses and their creative choices, or who had issues getting to work on time in the third season of his first big show?
Anger makes good press and may make you a draw on the convention circuit since people are going to want to hear what you're going to reveal "next"... but will it get you a job?