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Advice to Young Actors

Posted on: February 9th, 2010 by wmapother No Comments

Young actors often ask my advice about lots of subjects — fashion, cooking, gardening, geopolitical meta-awareness. Except for the last one, I’m generally not much help. However, I do usually have a word or two of advice on how to survive the actor’s life. Here’s my answer on the subject from my recent interview in the LA Examiner:

First, learn how to manage yourself — mentally, emotionally, financially, physically. Socialize to make contacts and keep in touch with them. Take the craft seriously. Learn the history of Hollywood and watch classic films. Make the most of your downtime by developing interests, hobbies, and causes. Cultivate an alternate career / source of income. Make friends outside the entertainment industry.”

It’s not rocket science, but it does require a bit of discipline and faith.

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