Jason Alexander: “If I tried to engineer the right choices in my career, I would not have been able to do it”

Jason-AlexanderHow do you give advice on advancing an acting career if you feel like you mostly achieved success by pure luck? 

That’s a question Jason Alexander — who will eternally be known for his role as George Costanza on Seinfeld –has to face as he conducts master classes on acting at school across the country — something he has done for over a decade.  While speaking at Utah Valley University, however, Alexander explained that he while he can talk about the craft of acting, it’s difficult for him to give advice on how to become a professional. 

To clarify: Alexander struggled for close to a decade in small, bit parts in films and television series until 1989, when he was cast in a show on Broadway — Jerome Robbins’ Broadway — that he wasn’t keen on doing.  But the silver lining was that he won a Tony Award for the play.

That Tony Award launched his career in an unexpected direction.  He revealed, “The Tony somehow led to me being cast in Pretty Woman,” though Alexander claims that director Garry Marshall “categorically” did not want him cast.  But that role lead to his audition for Seinfeld, and the rest is history.

The ultimate lesson is that Alexander had no “The point of it all being — if I tried to engineer the right choices in my career, I would not have been able to do it,” he said.  “I fell into a career, so the one thing I cannot talk about is how to go from an amateur career to a professional career because the way it happened to me was just a miracle. And I have been so surprised by where it has taken me.”

So remember actors — the role you might pass up might be the first domino to fall to get your career moving!

via the Salt Lake Tribune

Leave a Reply

http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/alicia-silverstone-killing-of-a-sacred-deer.jpg
Alicia Silverstone on ‘The Killing of a Sacred Deer’ and Working on Broadway
"My agent called and said, 'You need to go on this thing. It’s worth it. You should start preparing immediately" - Alicia Silverstone
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/denzel-washington-roman-j-israel-esq.jpg
Denzel Washington on ‘Roman J. Israel, Esq.’ and Why He Keeps Coming Back to Broadway
"I’m interested in different challenges, and challenging myself and just trying to get better." - Denzel Washington
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/chadwick-boseman-black-panther.jpg
Chadwick Boseman on Playing Black Panther: “I love him because the fantasy of playing a ruler – you never get to do that”
Boseman talks about portraying T'Challa's unique background on screen.
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/willem-dafoe-the-florida-project.jpg
Willem Dafoe: “I don’t think you can keep doing the same thing as an actor and be free”
"All performing is about control and discipline versus abandon and just letting go." - Willem Dafoe
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/mandy-pantinkin-wonder.jpg
Mandy Patinkin: “I love doing research for any part that I do. That’s one of the most fun parts of being an actor to me”
Patinkin why he specifically sought a comedic project, the dedication he brings to his performances, and when his parents were finally convinced he could make a living as an actor.