Billy Bob Thorton Recalls His Life as a Young, Struggling Actor

“My advice to anybody who wants to do whatever it is with their life is don’t ever let your dreams die because that’s what keeps an artist alive,” Billy Bob Thorton says in this video from Oprah Winfrey’s Master Class.

In 1981, Thorton, as he recalls in the video above, left his small Arkansas town to move to Los Angeles to become an actor. He was barely making ends meet, working a job at a pizza parlor and renting a tiny one-room apartment with his friend and future writing partner, Tom Epperson. After paying rent, they only had $6 left each week to live on.

Even though times were tough, he says that it made him and his dreams that much stronger.

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