Being an actor is never easy, it entails a ton of sacrifices made on your end. There are also a lot of road bumps along the way. So for those in the acting industry, it truly involves taking risks and perseverance at the same time. Oftentimes, actors are asked how they got into the business in the first place. Well, the answer to that question may vary, just like the reason as to why they stayed in the business.
So ExploreTalent has rounded up some helpful pieces of acting career advice from these seasoned Hollywood A-listers as well. Hopefully, you may learn a thing or two from them so you can walk the path toward a successful acting career fully equipped with the right knowledge about how the industry works.
1. Brad Pitt
“The setbacks are just part of it. At times it’s a pain in the ass, but at the end, you have this beautiful, beautiful film that you’re very, very proud of and you have relationships working with people that you respect. In this one, for me, it’s a once-in-a-decade kind of thing.”
This was Hollywood actor Brad Pitt‘s answer to the question “How do you best handle career disappointment?” during the 2014 Producer’s Guild Awards. His honest answer comes from the years of experience he has in the acting industry. Pitt has gone a long way since being merely a handsome face in the business to this budding producer and director working behind the camera.
2. Chiwetel Ejiofor
“You just say, ‘Their loss.’ Everybody reacts differently to disappointment, but I always tell myself, Their loss!“
In every aspect of life, there is always a chance of failing. Chiwetel Ejiofor is now one of the most established English actors, but for sure he didn’t just get to where he is now in an instant.
As an actor, you go through numerous auditions before getting a role. But do know that you will be rewarded for your hard work just as long as you believe you can do it. Find a way to laugh your failures off and learn from them instead of mopping around and punishing yourself.
3. Robert De Niro
“A lot of young actors have the idea that, ‘I’ve got to do this right. There’s a right way to do this.’ But there’s no right or wrong. There’s only good and bad. And ‘bad’ usually happens when you’re trying too hard to do it right. There’s a very broad spectrum of things that can inhibit you. The most important thing for actors—and not just actors, but everybody—is to feel loose enough to create what you want to create, and be free to try anything. To have choices.”
Robert De Niro is known for his continuous and stellar run in Hollywood. So when it comes to giving advice to other actors, this veteran knows what he is talking about. He talks about being creative and letting your inner personality resonate toward your roles instead of having it empower you. As one of the greatest actors of this generation, De Niro has been able to bring numerous characters to life by injecting his signature style to them.
4. Morgan Freeman
“It’s what I learn from the great actors that I work with. Stillness. That’s all and that’s the hardest thing.”
Morgan Freeman continues to appeal over different generations, yet his humility enables him to learn even more from his fellow actors. He has received numerous awards and to know that he continues to thrive to be even better is very appealing. Among all the actors in the industry, there has yet to be someone as unique as Morgan Freeman.
5. Whoopi Goldberg
“An actress can only play a woman. I’m an actor, I can play anything.”
For Oscar-winning actress Whoopi Goldberg, she doesn’t let gender roles define her acting. Goldberg has been raking in other awards when she was making movies. Although she is more of a television host now, she still had helped shape the roles black women play in the acting industry.
6. Lupita Nyong’o
“As actors, you become an expert at starting over.”
Lupita Nyong’o may not be the one to be called a veteran like the other actors on this list, but for a relatively newcomer, she already has a ton of movies under her belt. Nyong’o reminds people to allow themselves to fail gracefully and to pick themselves back up in case. Acting is a a cycle, and oftentimes it’s unpredictable, so you always have to be ready for changes.