Being an Actor
Youíve got to
really love what you do.
Donít expect to
be famous Ė do it because you really
love doing it
and have fun doing it. Iíve always said if I can make a living at
it, Iím happy.
Let the audience read into your expression rather than you showing
them what they should feel.
Iíll work with a director if I think Iím going to get into a
comfortable situation, and if itís someone I respect and who
respects me, even if theyíre not so well known
Movies are hard to make, and you have to work toward a common ethic
and do your best. You donít want to work with people who donít care
or who are acting out some neurotic, crazy thesis on the set. Who
needs it? Life is too short.
When you do a movie and show it to people, friends and family can
never be totally honest with you. If a criticís being just mean or
nasty itís unfortunate. Good critics that write with intelligence
and compassion are very important. If itís constructive criticism
you can take it or leave it but you always learn something. if you
didnít have critics ó even though they can annoy you and upset you ó
if you didnít have a critic, who would tell you how it is? Because
people wonít tell you. Those who are with you and know what you went
through can never be honest with you. So theyíll always find a
positive thing to say. So the people who youíll get real feedback
from are critics. Especially good critics.
Prepare for anything you do. Understand the character, the milieu,
the surroundings, the people, but donít let that restrict you.
As an actor, it is important to be a good listener. You need to
listen to what others have to say, the director, the producer, your
co-actorÖ everyone. I try to listen to everyone and take their
inputs on what I have to do. But finally I take my own decision on
how I am going to play the part. Thatís where the uniqueness comes
in. Thatís where the difference of you playing the part versus any
other actor playing it comes in.
In order to be an artist, you have to be able to put yourself in
somebody elseís shoes. Only then can you understand their emotions
and reasons, even though you do not agree with them.
Be true to your character and to yourself.
Do not be obdurate and do not be
afraid to fail. Take chances, keep an open mind, look out for new
experiences and new ideas. If you donít go, then you never know.
You discovered a talent, developed an ambition and recognized your
passion. When you feel that you can't fight it, you just go with it.
When it comes to the arts, passion should always trump common sense.
You aren't just following dreams, you're reaching for your destiny.
A new door is opening for you, a door to a lifetime of rejection.
Now that you've made your choice or, rather, succumbed to it, your
path is clear. Not easy, but clear. You have to keep working, it's
As an actor whoís starting out, you canít say, ĎHey, Iím too good
for this.í You gotta do it, because people see you, your name gets
around, and it has a cumulative effect. Auditions are like a gamble.
Most likely you wonít get the part, but if you donít go, youíll
never know if you couldíve got it.
As long as you give your best youíll be OK.