if I was a trek actor I would just live off of conventions and autographs
Me too. My ambition is to appear on one episode once and then jet around the world staying in hotels and appearing at cons for pin money.
Also I would insist that the autograph monies went to charity and that would make me beloved.
That's exactly what my husband and I said. They make a lot of money per apearance, the lowest paid actors still make for one con appearance what I make in a year. (According to the guy who used to run Slanted Fedora)
plus with all the cons I've been to, the actors for the most part really do look like they're having fun
oh and the charity thing. The one time I saw Alexander Sidig it said in the program and he mentioned on stage that half of his appearance fee and autograph earnings were going to Doctors Without Borders