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Patrick Cronin in "Krapp's Last Tape"

Patrick Cronin – actor and professor at East Tennessee State University

There are two kinds of actors: those who are insecure and those who lie about it. If you hit between 10 and 20 percent of your auds you will be a very successful actor but that means you are being rejected at least 80 to 90 % of the time. I dealt with it by being a pro and not a dilettante. I never let the highs get too great and therefore the lows didn’t get too low.

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Talent Agent: Darlene Studie-McDowell, DS Entertainment, Nashville, TN

Actors can’t blame the agent if they are sitting around waiting for the phone to ring. That’s a bad excuse. I don’t sit around waiting for my phone to ring either. I work on my business everyday. Actors need to work on their craft everyday. It has to be a team effort.

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Manager: Debbie Cope, Cope Management, Voice Talent, Los Angeles

If this is something you really want to do, know that it’s going to take a few years, maybe several years. It’s just like anything else that you really want. You need to be educated, passionate, and determined to succeed.

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Barry Pineo: Austin, Texas Actor, Director, Teacher

What it really comes down to is that actors don’t understand what the work is, what the real, basic fundamentals of acting are, what the lexicon is, and even when they do, they ignore the rules, think they’re above them, think their talent will carry them, and they don’t work hard at their craft.

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Max McLean,The Screwtape Letters, Fellowship for the Performing Arts

Max McLean, star of the blazing hot adaptation of C.S. Lewis’ THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS talks about the challenges of performing this devious character and the importance of humor and trust in conveying powerful ideas to an audience.