Common is planning to ditch his music career for Hollywood, because he feels he will be more successful as an actor than he will ever be as a rapper. The star - born Lonnie Rashid Lynn Jr. - has garnered critical acclaim for his lyrical skills in his 15 years in the music industry, but has already made a name for himself as an actor in his short time on the big screen, with roles in movies like Smoking Aces and the newly-released American Gangster. But he is contemplating making the career change more permanent. He tells Vibe magazine, "I need a new fulfillment as an artist. I feel like I can become a bigger actor than I am a rapper. "It's scary thinking, 'Damn, if I don't sell no records, what am I going to do?' When you haven't made multimillions in this game, you got to think about what you want to be doing when you're 50 or 60. I found an art that I really love and it's infinite."