Truthful Words Told To Actors By Actors

Humans who aspire to achieve great things seem to always welcome encouraging words, set to bring truth, inspiration and to keep their “head in the game.”

As a talent agent in Nashville, TN. it is important that every creative professional I work with here in Music City, USA understand at least this one truth: They hold the future successes of their careers in their very own hands.  

The entertainment business is not for everyone. Many talented individual never progress or see success because they refuse to commit 110%.  Obtaining a career in entertainment is no different than any other career, skill or trade.  We all start at the bottom and... well...that means there IS a ladder to climb if we want to reach the top.

I have selected a few of the most truthful revelations, spoken by the well known actors themselves that have climbed the same ladder.  The following words will certainly encourage some, but may they ignite a spark in all! 

Because without a spark no one will ever experience a flame. 


"Play the moment not the story." - Sanford Mesiner


_The camera can film my face but until it captures my soul you don't have a movie._ - Al Pacino (1).png

"The camera can film my face but until it captures my soul you don't have a movie." - Al Pacino

_It's the actors that are prepared to make a fool of themselves who are usually the ones who come to mean something to the audience._ - Christian Bale.png

"It's the actors that are prepared to make a fool of themselves who are usually the ones who come to mean something to the audience." - Christian Bale

'Talent and passion are essential elements in an actors life. Training is the glue that holds it all together._ Denise Simon.png

"Talent and passion are essential in an actors life.  Training is the glue that holds it all together."  - Denise Simon

_Play the moment not the story,_ -Mesiner (2).png

"Study, find all the good teachers and study with them, get involved in acting to act, not to be famous or for the money. Do plays. It's not worth it if you are just in it for the money.  You have to love it." - Phillip Seymour Hoffman


"Wanting to be good a good actor is just not enough.  You must want to be a great actor.  You just have to have that." - Gary Oldman

_Acting is not about dressing up, its about stripping bare. The whole essence of learning lines is to forget them so you can make them sound like you thought of them that instant._ - Glenda Jacksono.png

"Acting is not about dressing up but stripping bare.  The whole essence of learning lines is to forget them so you can make them sound like you thought of them that instant." -Glenda Jackson

This article was written by Jenn David, President of J.L. David Talent, located in Nashville, TNJ.L David Talent is one of Nashville's top talent agencies

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