Omari Hardwick

1. Omari Hardwick – Accept and Utilize your bullshit
Speaking about his lead role in Power, Omari Hardwick says, “I was really able to embrace the uglies of Omari, maybe better than I could’ve as a younger actor… That was a lot of the research, just really accepting Omari’s bullshit and then pouring it into Ghost.”

2. Keith David – Study, study, study
Keith David, a voice actor emphasizes on the importance of the study of theater. According to him, the study of theater creates a strong foundation for anyone wishing to pursue a successful career in acting. “Study theater, because theater is the greatest training ground that you can have. There are people who have never done theater who can be wonderful screen actors, but it all depends on your training. We all have great natural instincts but they need to be honed.”

 

 

Michaela Watkins

3. Michaela Watkins – Don’t worry about what the casting director is thinking
‘Trophy Wife’ actor and Michaela Watson advises that during auditions, actors should never worry about what the casting director is thinking. “Auditioning is like dating boys when you are a teenager. You spend so much time wondering what they are thinking. They are not thinking about anything. They are not thinking about you,” she says. Michaela is also a casting director and thus gives this advice from a point of personal experience. “All you want is someone to come in and solve your problems. They can be great as great can be, but if they don’t solve your problem, you just wish them well.”

 

4. Lupita Nyong’o – Risk failure to make truthful discoveries
Twelve Years a Slave actor and Oscar winner, Lupita Nyong’o’s advice to other actors is that they should not fear failure or be ashamed of failure. It’s through failure that we make discoveries that would have otherwise remained unknown to us. “As an actor, you become an expert at starting over. Every single role brings with it an ignorance and an insecurity, and so you have to approach it with the same curiosity and humility. I’m always nervous. Doesn’t matter how many times I do this. But I remind myself it’s because I care. Steve would say, ‘Fail and then fail better!’ And that environment was so liberating. It’s not about getting it right. It’s about getting it truthful.”

 

Lupita Nyong’o

 

5. James Wolk – Believe in your goals – however lofty
As a student at the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre & Dance, James Wolk heard many casting directors tell students of how difficult the business can be. His conviction that things would be different is what enabled him to forge onward. “That blind ignorance is so important – otherwise, who would pursue acting? But if you believe it, it’s just like a self-fulfilling prophecy, right? Because if you don’t believe it, it’s definitely not gonna happen.”

 
6. Sam Rockwell – Loosen up in the audition room
“You cannot try to get the job. Just go in there, have some fun, and do your version of that part. This is what I’m selling. If you want to buy it, that’s cool. Have some adjustments for me? That’s fine. I’l make some adjustments, but this is basically what I want to do. That’s the attitude, sort of a ‘fuck it’ attitude. Not fuck you, but fuck it.”

 

 

James Franco

7. James Franco – Put faith in your director
“When I design a character, I’m doing it with the director. I view it as the director’s creation as much as mine. And I give credit to the directors as well: If I give good performance, I give at least 50 percent of the credit to the director. That’s just the way to work in a collaborative medium.”

 

8. Jonathan Groff – Find the Joy
Jonathan Groff is an actor who rose to fame after his performance in Spring Awakening, an original Broadway Production. His advice to other actors is that they should find the joy in every project they take up. “People create from different places. Some love to create from a tortured place, some from a joyful place. And when I feel like I’m a 5-year-old kid in my backyard playing pretend, that’s when I’m happiest.”

 

 

Michael Emerson

9. Michael Emerson – Avoid desperation
“The thing to get rid of is that you are the beggar at the gate, that you are powerless and helpless eager youngster wanting a crumb from the big table. At some point you have to empower yourself and say ‘You know what, I’m good at this.’ ”

 

 

Vinessa Shaw

10. Vinessa Shaw – Push yourself beyond what you think you know
“I like to go over a scene many, many times. Is there something I’m not seeing in this particular scene? My method is more about repetition and breaking through my initial thoughts and finding another deeper moment that may be different than what anyone else does in the room.”

Source: Backstage

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