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modeling & talent ● breaking into showbiz By Adam Hill From the Mouths of Those Who Know... Sometimes the most important acting lessons can come straight from the legends and today’s stars themselves I n past articles I’ve been known to include quotes from famous successful actors to support my advice to young actors. I sincerely believe that hearing the words of those who have made it in the business gives young artists the courage to begin pursuing careers. I thought, in this article, it would be fun to reverse the process. I will give the actors’ quotes and then, hopefully, il- luminate their meanings. “I am a skilled actor. Whether or not I have any talent is be- side the point.” — Michael Caine I don’t think there is any question about Mr. Caine’s tal- ent, but the point he is making is right on. To be a skilled actor is to be an accomplished craftsman. This is our goal as students of this craft. I know of too many actors whose careers never went anywhere because they lacked the nec- essary skills. Skills are learned in a classroom and perfected on the job. “This is a craft that you just have to keep doing. You have to educate yourself.” — Al Pacino I frequently quote actors who have had long careers. They must have something to share, some valuable infor- mation, because after all they’ve survived for decades in this incredibly competitive field. What Mr. Pacino is saying is that there is no end to your education in our craft. Howev- er, this fact holds true no matter what profession you wish 22 PAGEANTRY NOT DONE YET: Chris Evans stated in an interview last year that he planned to retire from acting. "If I'm acting at all, it's going to be under Marvel contract, or I'm going to be directing," he continued, "I can't see myself pursuing acting strictly outside of what I'm contractually obligated to do." Following his success in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, he corrected his earlier statement. "By no means am I planning on retiring," he said, calling his previous comments "kind of a silly statement". By way of caveat, he added: "I certainly am going to try and focus a bit more on directing at this point." to succeed in. High school and college are just the begin- ning of your education. The old adage is true: “The more you know, the more you realize you don’t know.” “All my characters are like me. I relate to these characters be- cause aspects of their personalities are like me. I just turn up parts of myself that are like them and turn down parts that aren’t.” — Ryan Gosling We can’t feel someone else’s anger or joy. We can only experience our own reality. Once we grasp that all people are capable of feeling and expressing a wide range of the same emotions and states of being, we can truly understand the point Mr. Gosling is making. Learning about ourselves and then how to use this knowledge in order to portray the lives of others is our goal. We are the instrument that makes the music. “I love acting. It’s my playground. It lets me explore.” — Chris Evans I love this quote because it is how I’ve always felt about my profession. I needed to enjoy myself while I was per- forming my craft. Did this mean I didn’t take my work se- riously? Of course not. To play, and play well, a person must understand and abide by the rules. A playground has its boundaries, and so does the craft of acting. I was taught that my world of play was a sandbox. I can build whatever I choose in my sandbox. It could be simple or elaborate, the