“There’s a difference between waiting to be discovered by someone and discovering yourself. Waiting to be discovered and discovering yourself is a different consciousness.”
Duke went on to explain:
“This is a business of rejection. And I’m not so sure this generation understands the layers of the rejection. The levels of the rejection. People who have starred in nice movies, independent movies; did a great job… Where’s their next film, their third film or whatever? I’m just simply saying, it’s a business of rejection. If you think because you have talent that that is what’s going to get you through, I think you’re in for a painful journey.”
“But if you have the understanding of a business person, and you’re creating a webisode company or you’re creating something else, plus you’re creating strategic alliances with other people, you may have a shot.”
(Bill Duke, in an interview with Film Courage)
Bill Duke is an American actor with a career that spans more than 40 years, beginning with breakthrough roles in films like American Gigolo (1980), starring Richard Gere, Commando (1985), Predator (1987), Action Jackson (1988) and cult classic, Menace II Society (1993).
Duke’s most recent work includes a recurring role as Agent Percy Odell on the CW’s superhero drama, Black Lightning.