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Quotespiration # 26: Mark Ruffalo

“It’s been mythologised now but it started with about 600 auditions without success…most smart people would have quit when it takes that long.”

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– Mark Ruffalo (Emmy Award winning film and theatre actor; two-time Academy Awards nominee; Golden Globes nominee)

There comes a dreaded time in every creative’s life when fear overshadows hope. I was running away for a long time, unsure of what I was doing, why or if I should continue before I even ever really began. I gave myself excuses, telling myself I was too busy or tired or “not as talented as that other person”. But it’s all bullshit, and I know it. I’ve known it but I haven’t had the balls to face it. I’ve known that I’m scared and lazy, and I know that a change needs to be made.

Long story short, during my time away (one year now to be exact), I pondered every aspect of my life. “Do I miss it?” “Is it worth getting back into?” And the answer is, Yes. The answer is always yes. Even if you don’t believe it right now or lack the inspiration and motivation. Just do it. Just do it and see how it feels. Just do it and let that momentum guide you. And if even doing doesn’t inspire you, then perhaps your passions have changed. And that’s okay, it happens. People grow and evolve.

But if this is still what you want, then don’t let irrational fears overshadow your dreams. Don’t keep telling yourself “tomorrow” because you’ll be repeating that broken record until you’re dead. If you’re a perfectionist and overthink things like me, you’re never going to feel pretty enough, qualified enough, brave enough … but you can sure as hell pretend. At the end of the day, you only have everything to gain and nothing to lose.

Even if it’s takes 600 auditions. 600 classes. 600 free jobs. 600 hours, days, months. Be brave, suck it up, take some criticism, brush the dirt off your shoulder and keep going.

Yours Truly,

The Aspiring Actress.

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Quotespiration # 25: Neil Patrick Harris

“Sometimes you can have the smallest role in the smallest production and still have a big impact.”

– Neil Patrick Harris (an openly gay film and theatre actor; multi-winner of the Emmy awards and four-time Golden Globes nominee)

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Every role counts. I hate it when actors think they are too good for something..unless it is downright, undeniably awful- and even then, there’s no need to be rude about it! I’ve spoken to an actress who goes to auditions she doesn’t want just for the “practice” and prays she doesn’t get the role. How egotistical! I also know an actor who will ONLY go for leading man parts. Yikes. Acting is hard enough as it is without closing doors before you’ve even had a peek through the curtains.

On the other hand, I have also met directors and writers with their heads up their asses who think that actors are disposable puppets and that everything that comes out of their mouths is made of gold. Barf. But that’s for another post some other day…

From how I see it, every set or stage you work on is a potential for you to network and sharpen your skills. No matter how big or small the production and how big or small your part is. There’s always something to learn- either from the people around you or from the experiences you gain and mistakes you make.

And you never know, someone somewhere may just remember you and give you a job somewhere else down the line. Trust me. It happens. A lot.

Be grateful.

All my love,

The Aspiring Actress.

THANK YOU! [50]

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This post isn’t really about anything in particular, except to say THANK YOU!

I started this blog just under a month ago (though I apologize for the lack of consistency with posts!) and I’ve officially hit 50 followers. Not a bad start, I think! I don’t know where you guys are in your lives, what your dreams are or how you happened to stumble upon this blog or which entry you happened to stumble upon, but thank you for doing so and deciding to follow my journey- whether you’re only here for the inspirational quotes (I like those too) or are actually interested in what I have to say.

You are all super cool. That is all. I hope you’re all following your bliss, no matter what that may be and whether or not it’s even career-related, and continue to actively seek things that keep you inspired every day. I wish you every bit of success and happiness.

Let’s do dis, guys. Life ain’t got nothin’ on us.

LOL,

(LOTS OF LOVE- duh)

The Aspiring Actress.

The Universe’s Order.

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There’s a line, you see. Let’s picture it like this: the line up to your city’s most popular and exclusive club. But this isn’t your typical line. This isn’t your usual ‘first come, first serve’ kinda line. No, this line is different, because every day its sequence changes at random.

It doesn’t change based on how much you want to get into the club, whether it’s your girlfriend’s birthday or how much you’re willing to bribe the bouncer (although that helps…a little bit). It doesn’t even change based on how much you’re willing to do to get to the front, though it is taken into consideration so it does help your chances over not doing anything at all. It’s more like..the club’s going to owe you favours. Not favours big enough to like you know, get you in to the club but things that’ll help you get there.

But even then, you could easily be pushed down the line by someone who’s been there for a way shorter time than you, who has done way less to ‘deserve’ it and vice versa, you could do the same to someone else who’s been there longer and paid more dues. Things have to be fair to keep people coming and staying, after all.

There will be plenty of people who come and go out of this line while you’re there, not everyone has the same patience or tenacity that you do. Plenty of people will walk past you and scoff as they make their way to the establishment down the street, that’s niiiice but not quite where you want to be. It just doesn’t quite hit the spot of what you’re looking for.

Ignore such people that come into your life.

If you’ve decided this club is exactly where you want to be, and can’t possibly imagine waiting to get in anywhere else then here’s my advice to you:

Buckle down, work hard, pay your dues, look to your neighbours for words of wisdom, never be afraid to ask for help and stay looking your best while you’re doing it so that when the day does come that you are chosen to be front of the line, you’re ready and you know you’ve deserved it.

We don’t know what the order will be tomorrow. All we can do is get in line, do our part, try to stay inspired and just wait. Don’t just wait around STARING, contemplating whether you should get into it. You have to be IN the line to get the chance to be at the front of it. So step in. It doesn’t bite. And for the lucky few of you out there, you might even have a nice friend who’ll let you budge.

And for the even luckier few, if you’re patient enough, you’ll be in the club, partying with the best of them soon enough.

So dream on, my dreamers. And I’ll see you lot in there.

The Aspiring Actress.