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AL PACINO ON ACTOR SURVIVAL

“There is only one way of surviving all the heartbreaks in this business. You must have a sense of humor. And I think it also helps if you are a dreamer. I had my dreams all right. And that is something no one can ever take away. They cost nothing and they can be as real as you like to make them. You own your dreams and they are priceless. I’ve been a lavatory attendant, a theatre usher, a panhandler, all for real. Now, as an actor, I can be a journalist today and a brain surgeon tomorrow. That’s the stuff my dreams are made of.” Al PACINO

Al Pacino
photo by
Ney Xavier Torres Hurtado

JUDI DENCH ON BEING A WORKING ACTOR

“I think you’ve got to have your feet planted firmly on the ground, especially in this business, and you must not believe things that are said or written about you, because everything gets out of proportion one way or the other……..Some things you know about, you know what the ingredients are – maybe not all of them. But it’s up to you to put in the amount. It’s up to the director to nag you until you get it right……..I’d rather do a part because I want to, not because great things are expected of me…….I think you should take your job seriously, but not yourself – that is the best combination.” -Judi Dench

Judi Dench
photo
by Caroline Bonarde Ucci

 

JAMES DEAN ON BEING A GOOD ACTOR

“An actor must interpret life and in order to do so he must be willing to accept all experiences that life has to offer. In fact he must seek out more of life than life puts at his feet. In the short span of his lifetime an actor must learn all there is to know, experience all there is to experience, or approach that state as closely as possible. He must be superhuman in his efforts to store away in the warehouse of his subconscious everything he might be called on to use in the expression of his art……………Being a good actor isn’t easy.” -JAMES DEAN

JAMES DEAN

DANIEL DAY-LEWIS ON ACTING

“I’m a warrior when it comes to pursuing roles.”……………..”Im a little bit perverse and I just hate doing the thing that’s the most obvious.”………
“I have always been intrigued by these lives I have never experienced.”……………… “I didn’t like the idea of being foolish, but I learned pretty soon that it was essential to fail and be foolish.”…………..”Being at the centre of a film is a burden one takes on with innocence the first time. Thereafter, you take it on with trepidation.”………………… “Perhaps I’m particulary serious, because I’m not unaware of the potential absurdity of what I’m doing.” -Daniel Day-Lewis

Daniel Day-Lewis
photo by Jaguar Mena

 

RUBY DEE ON WHAT MATTERS

“The greatest gif is not being afraid to question.” ………………..”God make me so uncomfortable that I will do the very thing I fear.”………………..
“The kind of beauty I want most is the hard-to-get kind that comes from within-strength, courage, dignity.” RUBY DEE

RUBY DEE
photo by
Chicago Sun Times

ETHAN HAWKE ON BAD AUDITIONS

“I have had so many bad auditions. I auditioned for Robert Redford once and I was so starstruck I couldn’t even speak. I had a mic wire at a screen test clipped to me and then I got kind of nervous and I paced in a circle and then took a step and tripped and fell on my face. You just have to forgive yourself and keep going on.”  ETHAN HAWKE

Ethan Hawke
photo by Neil Garbowsky

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