While speaking about how to “make it” as an actor, William H. Macy shares the advice he would give to actors, both new and trained.
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After watching the Star Wars films multiple times over the past twenty five years or so, there was one quote from Yoda that stood out.
Amanda Crew also chats about getting her role in Tone-Deaf, moving to LA when she was 21 and that time she was fired from an acting job.
What you must not do, under any circumstances, is allow yourself to think for a second that this means the end of your acting career.
It’s not only about the end destination. It’s about having something to reach for.
“Part of the test of becoming a working actor is being able to be resilient and work through those road blocks in whatever way you can.” – Jenna Fischer
Face it, acting is about pretending. And the goal is to pretend in a way that looks and sounds believable.
As you move further into your career as an actor, you need to realize that it is not going to be easy.
“I always say to actors, if you don’t get something, there’s a reason. It’s okay. It sucks in the moment. But it’ll all work out man.” – Michael Kelly
“I think I’m getting to be selective about the things I’m working on because I’m pretty confident in who I am.” – Daveed Diggs
Never wait for opportunities to come to you or for that one magic person to come and make your career.
“All I say is that if you HAVE to act, then you HAVE to make it happen.” – David Harbour
This industry is hard enough as it is without actors criticizing each other and questioning each others choices and motivations.
Remember to play to your strengths as an actor. You don’t need a fancy camera, or the latest editing program – you just have to work really really hard…
Your job as an actor is to move your audience and allow them to enter into the fantasy world that you have created.
This isn’t a license to go crazy. Don’t become a Diva and say No to everything just to test your power. Be specific and only use it when it truly means something.
We’d rehearsed and rehearsed, I had worked so hard to prepare my character, and of…
The more active you are in your choices, the more villains will be standing in your way.
What did you bring to the audition that sets you apart? What did you do differently to everyone else who walked into the audition room that day?
“While others get paid in their chosen professions, you work to be able to afford yours.”