Interest or Passion for Acting?

March 18, 2012

“So often times it happens that we live our lives in chains, 
And we never even know we have the key.
” –Lyrics from Already Gone, performed by the Eagles for their 1974 On the Border album

Do you know what you should be doing to go after your passion for acting, but you’re having a tough time applying yourself? Listening to bespectacled economist Larry Smith is like being chewed out by your grandpa for your patchwork of higgledy-piggledy ideas about life, and why you’re ultimately going to squander your dreams. Maybe you’re too lazy to give your greatest aspirations your all, maybe you’re afraid to embarrass yourself, or never even get started because you’re afraid you will fail. Whatever your reasons, he calls out his audiences on their cockamamie excuses in his talk called Why you will fail to have a great career.

If you’re someone who is most motivated by reverse psychology, then Smith is your kind of guy. He’ll fire up your passion because you’ll want to prove him wrong. Even if you don’t like his slant, his talk might get you listening more closely to your inner voice, and help you gain insight as to why you should challenge it more often.

What is acting to you? If you won the lottery and were financially secure, would you still vehemently seek it? If you were to ask your family and closest friends what they think you are most passionate about, would they say acting?

If you have listened to Steve Jobs’ Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish commencement speech a number of times, but still find yourself not taking action on behalf of your own dreams in life, you’re certainly not alone. But with all the obstacles you face each day, it’s important not to allow your passions to be extinguished. Larry Smith coaches his students to find the careers that they will truly love–not just have a lukewarm interest in–and then go for them. Click here to hear Larry chew you out. And here’s to your smoldering dreams!

Follow Your Passion

October 6, 2011

Steve Jobs personifies an enormous source of pride for our nation; his passing has ignited our interest to investigate what made him such a success. His quotes serve as inspirations for anyone striving for excellence in any career. Throughout his career, he stated that passion was the driving force behind his ingenuity, hard work, persistence, aim to serve, and overall success.

When he was fired from Apple Computers in 1985, he did some soul searching and realized he was “in love” with his work with computers. In his 2005 Stanford University commencement speech, he stated the only way to do great work is to “Love what you do…Keep looking; don’t settle.” He added, most importantly to “..have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become—everything else is secondary.” His other quotes about passion include:

“I was worth over $1,000,000 when I was 23, and over $10,000,000 when I was 24, and over $100,000,000 when I was 25, and it wasn’t that important because I never did it for the money.”

“When I hire somebody really senior, competence is the ante. They have to be really smart. But the real issue for me is, Are they going to fall in love with Apple? Because if they fall in love with Apple, everything else will take care of itself.
 They’ll want to do what’s best for Apple, not what’s best for them, what’s best for Steve, or anybody else.”

Apple is the preferred platform in the entertainment industry, and it certainly has provided us at Casting Frontier a remarkable foundation to offer our technological services. We are grateful to Steve Jobs’ contributions, and hope his words invigorate your career as an actor.