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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.

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Hologram Michael Jackson [Billboard Awards 2014]

A holographic Michael Jackson performance of ‘Slave to the Rhythm’, a song he originally recorded in 1991.

Who else cried or teared up watching this?? Judging by the audience members, I wasn’t the only one.

Forget the speculation. Forget the he said, she saids.

Michael was (and is) the King of Pop; an innovator, a dreamer, a true talent. He was and still is an inspiration to many young artists and creative minds around the world. I still remember watching his concert DVDs and music videos as a child with my family, feeling so in awe at the theatricality and how genuine and captivating Michael was as a person, artist and performer.

Although a hologram will never be able to truly encompass what he represented and who Michael was, it brought a little bit of that magic back into our hearts. At least into mine.

I hope it inspires you and lights a fire in your heart, as it did mine.

The Aspiring Actress.