The main factor in any form of creativeness is the life of a human spirit, that of the actor and his part, their joint feelings and subconscious creation.
A true priest is aware of the presence of the altar during every moment that he is conducting a service. It is exactly the same way that a true artist should react to the stage all the time he is in the theater. An actor who is incapable of this feeling will never be a true artist.
Do not try to push your way through to the front ranks of your profession; do not run after distinctions and rewards; but do your utmost to find an entry into the world of beauty.
Remember this practical piece of advice: Never come into the theatre with mud on your feet. Leave your dust and dirt outside. Check your little worries, squabbles, petty difficulties with your outside clothing -- all the things that ruin your life and draw your attention away from your art -- at the door.
Remember: there are no small parts, only small actors.
Imagination, industry, and intelligence -- ''the three I s'' -- are all indispensable to the actress, but of these three the greatest is, without doubt, imagination.
Author: Ellen Terry
I can't tell you how many shows I've done with full-blown migraine headaches.
Author: Jonathan Taylor Thomas (1981)
Profession: American Actor, Teen heartthrob
There were many times my pants were so thin I could sit on a dime and tell if it was heads or tails.
Author: Spencer Tracy (1900-1967)
Profession: American Film Actor
I'm disappointed in acting as a craft. I want everything to go back to Orson Welles and fake noses and changing your voice. It's become so much about personality.
Author: Skeet Ulrich (1970)
Profession: American Actor
If a farmer fills his barn with grain, he gets mice. If he leaves it empty, he gets actors.
Author: Bill Vaughan (1915-1977)
Profession: American Author, Journalist
Every actor in his heart believes everything bad that's printed about him.
Author: Orson Welles (1915-1985)
Profession: American Film Maker
I'm an actor. And I guess I've done so many movies I've achieved some high visibility. But a star? I guess I still think of myself as kind of a worker ant.
Author: Forest Whitaker (1961)
Profession: American Actor, Director
Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.
The mere mechanical technique of acting can be taught, but the spirit that is to give life to lifeless forms must be born in a man. No dramatic college can teach its pupils to think or to feel. It is Nature who makes our artists for us, though it may be Art who taught them their right mode of expression.
While we look to the dramatist to give romance to realism, we ask of the actor to give realism to romance.