Acting Quotes

Bill Duke: “Don’t wait for Hollywood to discover you. Discover yourself!”

Bill Duke:  “Don’t wait for Hollywood to discover you. Discover yourself!” (arranged by Carmichael Phillips)  (Bill Duke) “Don’t wait for Hollywood to discover you. Discover yourself!” (Bill Duke) Bill Duke’s 40-plus year career…

Daniel Kaluuya: “I ask the script, ‘What do you want me to do?’” 

Daniel Kaluuya:  “I ask the script, ‘What do you want me to do?’”  (arranged by Carmichael Phillips) (Daniel Kaluuya in Get Out) “I ask the script, ‘What do you want me to do?’”…

Uta Hagen, on her definition of bad acting

Uta Hagen, on her definition of bad acting: ‘If you can see what an actor has pre-arranged, it’s bad acting.’ (arranged by Carmichael Phillips) (Uta Hagen) “When I go to the theater, if…

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  • Katharine Hepburn: “You don’t have to act. Let the camera do the work.” 

    Katharine Hepburn:  “You don’t have to act. Let the camera do the work.”  (by Carmichael Phillips) (Katharine Hepburn) “Don’t act! You don’t have to act. Stop acting. Don’t push! Let the camera do…

    Michael Jai White: “This business does not support talent. It supports heat.” 

    Michael Jai White:  “This business does not support talent. It supports heat.” (arranged by Carmichael Phillips) (Michael Jai White) “This business does not support talent. It supports heat.” Actor and martial artist, Michael…

    Stella Adler, On the Importance of Confidence 

    Stella Adler, On the Importance of Confidence  “No actor is a success unless he feels inside himself…that he is good.” (arranged by Carmichael Phillips) “No actor is a success unless he feels inside…

    The Acting World Goes Virtual 

    The Acting World Goes Virtual  And that’s a good thing!  (by Carmichael Phillips) (Photo: Beci Harmony | Unsplash) As the old saying goes, “The only constant is change.” But in this new Covid-19…

    Bill Nighy: “I still don’t have a process” 

    Bill Nighy: “I still don’t have a process”  (arranged by Carmichael Phillips) (Bill Nighy) “I’m old enough to say that I’ve never knowingly been in character in my life.” Bill Nighy, the English…

    Create Your Own Opportunities!

    Create Your Own Opportunities!  What’s your excuse for not producing your own projects and casting yourself?  (by Jim Webb) (Photo: Gianandrea Villa/Unsplash) The advent of things like social media and the internet allows…

    Viola Davis: “I write a bio of the character.”

    Viola Davis: “I write a bio of the character.” Viola Davis describes her character-building and collaboration process (arranged by Carmichael Phillips) (Viola Davis) “I read the script over and over and over again….