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.

Take Chances

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.



Advice To Aspiring Actors and College Graduates

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. It's inevitable.

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 that simple.

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.