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“I believed so thoroughly I was going to be a star that whenever I got turned down for something I thought My God when are these people going to wake up.” Academy Award Winner Richard Dreyfuss

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Playing Hamlet in his thirties led to one of the most memorable moments of Ben Kingsley’s career. The day after his performance a young woman approached him and said “I saw Hamlet last night. How did you know about me?”  She had strongly identified with the way he portrayed the character’s torment. “You take that with you for the rest of your career. That story for me is very much why i do what i do.” -from an interview with Academy  Award winner Ben Kingsley.

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“The most exciting acting tends to happen in roles you never thought you could play.”
― John Lithgow

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Acting is not about being someone different. It’s finding the similarity in what is apparently different, then finding myself in there.- MERYL STREEP

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“My fear was that people would find out what was actually happening in my life. I was so ashamed of everything: the abuse of my stepfather, living in a motel. I was constantly hiding. I thought: If I’m on time and perfect, no one’s going to ask me any questions. Ballet was the first time — I know this sounds crazy, standing on a big stage, under bright lights — but it was the first time I felt safe. No one could touch me; no one could say anything to me. I could express myself. And nothing else mattered.” -Misty Copeland

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My agents and managers said: “No, no, no. You’re not pretty enough; you’re not good enough.”

PG Did you believe them?

SF Of course not. I fired them. But I believed them, too. We all have so many pieces inside us. One piece was injured because my feelings were hurt. Another piece, a driving one, was freaking angry at being told I wasn’t good enough. But even stronger than those was my desire to find the butterfly inside me, the one I’d first found in the seventh grade, doing my first scene on a school stage. Something happened. I found my own voice. All the other ones that said: Don’t do this, and don’t do that; they were gone. I felt the sparkle of being alive. –Two time Academy Winner Sally Field.

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“I was told that I might be lucky with my acting if I was happy to settle for the fat-girl parts.”
Kate Winslet, Actor

“Nobody knows anything in Hollywood”
William Goldman, Writer

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“I was told that I might be lucky with my acting if I was happy to settle for the fat-girl parts.”
Kate Winslet, Actor

“Nobody knows anything in Hollywood”
William Goldman, Writer

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“I was told that I might be lucky with my acting if I was happy to settle for the fat-girl parts.”                                Kate Winslet, Actor

“Nobody knows anything in Hollywood”  William Goldman, Writer