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DON CHEADLE ON WATCHING OWN YOUR WORK

“No, it’s not comfortable; I hate watching myself. You don’t like when you hear your voice on your voicemail; imagine having to see yourself 30 feet wide and 30 feet big.” DON CHEADLE

DON CHEADLE
photo by Bob Bekian

 

SHERMAN HEMSLEY ON THE CHALLENGE OF AUDITIONS

“I had a rough time at auditions. I would go to auditions and I was never the right type. They have a  visual of what they want and you have to go in there and change their mind with your performance.” – EMMY WINNER SHERMAN HEMSLEY

SHERMAN HEMSLEY
photo by Tabercil

LAURA LINNEY ON LEARNING

“I love actors regardless of where they are in their skill level. There’s something terribly satisfying about working with someone who’s really learning.” -Laura Linney

photo by Neil Grabowsky

DIAHANN CARROLL

“THE QUESTION ISN’T WHO’S GOING TO LET ME. THE QUESTION IS WHO’S GOING TO STOP ME.”          DIAHANN CARROLL AS DOMINIQUE DEVEREUX ON TV SHOW DYNASTY

as Dominique Devereux on TV show Dynasty

ROBERT DE NIRO ON AUDITIONING

“I always tell actors when they go in for an audition: Don’t be afraid to do what your instincts tell you. You may not get the part, but people will take notice.” -ROBERT DE NIRO

photo by Petr Novak

WILL FERRELL: CRYING ON CUE

“I was so afraid of letting people down I used the fear of not being able to execute it to  generate the emotion. I was so afraid I wouldn’t be able to cry, I started crying.” WILL FERRELL

photo by Eva Rinaldi

HALLE BERRY ON ADJUSTING YOUR GOALS

“If you set out to do something and give it your all and it doesn’t work out, be willing to modify the goal slightly. Have the ability to look in another direction.   A small shift could guide you to the real purpose of your life.”

Halle Berry

Photo by Gage Skidmore

TOM HANKS ON DISCIPLINE AND PASSION

“There isn’t any great mystery about me. What I do is glamorous and has an awful lot of white-hot attention placed on it. But the actual work requires the same discipline and passion as any job you love doing, be it as a very good pipe fitter or a highly creative artist.” – TOM HANKS

photo
by Thomas Johnson

AMY ADAMS ON FINDING YOUR EDGE

“When I died my hair red the first time, I felt as if it was what nature intended. I have been accused of being a bit of a spitfire, so in that way, I absolutely live up to the stereotype. The red hair suits my personality. I was a terrible blonde!” -AMY ADAMS

Photo by GDC graphics