Everybody loves a good success story, and for a novice actor trying to find his place in the industry, it is only fitting that he looks up to others in terms of finding hope within himself. The show business can be intimidating and many people fall prey to vices and failures along the way. But this doesn’t mean that you should stop trying, as there are many actors who have found considerable success amid failures.
ExploreTalent has rounded on this list the most inspirational actors and success tips that they have for others. You may learn a thing or two, and this may aid you in your journey toward breaking into the acting industry.
1. Emma Watson
Choose the right people to surround yourself with.
Emma Watson was not exactly the titular character in the Harry Potter series, but her role as Hermione Granger solidified the young actress in Hollywood. She definitely grew up before everyone’s eyes, and like so many other teen actors, she had to go through her awkward stages with the world watching. Many child actors give in to vices and damage their career, but not Emma. She continues to be an inspiration to all women (and men) out there.
During the 2015 BAFTAs, Emma made sure to thank her agent for trusting her. A good relationship between an actor and an agent will make things more harmonious for your career. Learn to feed off each other’s energy in a positive sense, so it won’t end up being just a static relationship. What you want is for an agent to be able to trust you with your own decisions as well, this sense of independence will make you feel confident about yourself as well.
2. Leonardo DiCaprio
Do whatever makes you happy and successful.
One of the most famous quotes that this Oscar winner has said was, “If you can do what you do best and be happy, you’re further along in life than most people.” This has truly applied in DiCaprio’s life as he does not seem to let the critics faze him no matter what.
For years, DiCaprio had never been granted an Oscar despite his numerous stellar performances. But even with that, he continued making movies simply because he loved doing so. His efforts finally pulled off during the 2016 Academy Awards, where he garnered his first ever Best Actor award after more than a decade in the industry with the survival film The Revenant. As an actor, you should know that not everything goes your way but don’t ever forget about reaching your goals, even if the odds are placed against you.
3. Robert Downey Jr.
Never forget the ones who helped you.
Nowadays, Robert Downey Jr. is riding on the success of the Iron Man movies and other Marvel franchises involving the character he’s brought to life. But prior to that, he had been going a psychological turmoil as a result from years of drug abuse, rehab, and relapses. One particular person who pulled him out of the depths of despair was his Soloist co-star Jamie Foxx. Foxx provided him a place to stay when he went through a tough time. So in return, Downey showed up to the birthday of Foxx’s daughter dressed up as Iron Man, much to the delight of the children in the party. Making friends and building solid relationships are important in all aspects of life. So don’t forget to do simple acts of gratitude, as they can easily mean a lot for another person.
4. Meryl Streep
Acting isn’t about beauty, it’s about confidence.
Meryl Streep was dubbed as the greatest actress of her generation, but it took her a long time to get where she is right now. In a viral story, she shared about how she was denied the role in King Kong after being called “too ugly.” Instead of giving into this uncalled for criticism, Streep used it as her advantage. She calls that time a “pivotal moment” for her career and reminds everyone that one harsh opinion can be drowned by a million others. Streep now has a total of 19 Academy Awards nominations, three of which she won.
5. Dame Judi Dench
Negativity should not faze you.
Actress Meryl Streep has been quoted in saying that Dame Judi Dench has always been her mentor and inspiration in the business. Like Streep, she was also hit with comments that targeted her physical look. “You will never make a film. Your face isn’t quite properly arranged,” she was told in 1975. To top it off, her success didn’t come immediately after, she needed to work hard for several years until she got the critically acclaimed role as Queen Victoria in the movie Mrs. Brown.
If you have a dream, pursue it and you’ll find that your hard work will all be worth it when you start to find success. Nothing good ever comes easy, so continue to persevere and overcome the road bumps along the way.