Bryan Cranston: “I knew I wanted to become an actor. I’m not going to have a fallback plan.”

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  • Bryan Cranston:

    “I knew I wanted to become an actor. I’m not going to have a fallback plan.”

    (arranged by Carmichael Phillips)


    (Bryan Cranston in Breaking Bad)


    I knew I wanted to become an actor. I was all in. I’m not going to have a fallback plan.


    “I try to encourage young actors, or writers or directors, to go into the arts for the right reason. And that is the love of the art. And I can always tell when they’re not heading in the right direction. It’s when they’re looking at something as some sort of stepping stone to something else.”

  • “In Los Angeles, which is not a theater town, you will hear, often, actors say, “I’m going to do a play, so that I get an agent so that I get some work in television, so that I…”

    “And, it’s like, oh, brother! If I can give you some advice: don’t do the play. If your goal is to achieve something else other than the experience of telling this story in this play, you’re setting yourself up to fail.”

    “I try to discourage as much as encourage young people from entering into the arts. Because they are in for a lot of tremendous frustration or they will just simply give up when there is resistance or what they perceive to be resistance.”

    “I knew I wanted to become an actor and that meant, for me, I was all in. I’m not going to have a fallback plan. I’m not going to give it some arbitrary two-year limitation, and if I don’t achieve “X” by two years, then I’m…”


    If you’re acting, you should do it because you are empowered by the function of acting


    “I hear this all the time and it’s like, what does that mean? Achieve what? If you’re acting you, should do it because you are empowered by the function of acting, of storytelling, writing, directing, producing – it’s all related – and you really have to get into it for the right reasons.”

    (Bryan Cranston [Breaking Bad, Malcolm in the Middle] from an interview with Big Think)


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