Bryan Cranston doesn’t necessarily fit the paradigm of what you might think an A-list Hollywood star might look like; in fact, some might describe him as rather ordinary in his appearance and in his style. But this so-called ordinary-looking everyman just won the Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Drama award at the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards last Saturday night for his portrayal of the Scarface-wannabe Walter White in AMC’s Breaking Bad. In a memorable, if not hilarious, acceptance speech which had Bryan singing operatically and fawning over the great Emma Thompson, Bryan credited much of his success to the resilience of his dream as well as to plain old ordinary luck: “That’s what happens when you’re so lucky–I’ve had so many crappy jobs in my life, I gotta tell ya! I loaded trucks downtown, cold, dust, dirt everywhere and in every orifice; people yelling at you, ‘Cranston, move faster, work harder!’ And the only thing that got me through was imaging, dreaming that one day I could actually one day make a living as an actor!” Sound familiar? Bryan continued, “That’s what got me through, thank God. We are the luckiest people in the world who can say ‘I am an actor.’”

So, when times get tough, when auditions are sparse and callbacks even sparser, just remember, the flourishing Bryan Cranston thinks you are among the luckiest people in the world. When the man is breathing down your neck for those work orders or a half a dozen cappuccinos, always keep in the forefront of your mind that you are far more than just your job at hand: your imagination, your aspirations, your passion to perform and live artistically can transport you through your travails. Indeed, Bryan Cranston thinks you’re the luckiest person in the world because you are an actor at heart. Okay, you need to be paid for your acting–granted, that needs to be worked out; but you are an actor with dreams, goals, desire, and an indomitable spirit. And if you keep working, good things will happen. You may not star in a legendary hit series and win a best actor award–but you just might! When Bryan was in the throws of his horrendous jobs, do you think he ever really imagined the level of success he now enjoys? Keep dreaming the dream!