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TIP #19: OVERNIGHT SUCCESS
Everyone likes a story with a fairy tale ending: the boy gets the girl,
the geek becomes the hero and everybody lives happily ever after.
It's no different in Hollywood, especially when it comes to an overnight
success story. So let me set the record straight for you right now:
although we live in a society of instant gratification, there is no such
thing as an "overnight success" when it comes to your acting career. Need
proof? Just consider this:
. It took Good Will Hunting approximately 8 years and two different movie
studios before it became a movie and made Matt Damon and Ben Affleck
. 13 years passed between Julia Roberts' first role as an un-credited
actor in the movie Fire House before she won an Oscar for her role
in Erin Brockovich
Does "overnight discovery" ever happen? Absolutely. Charlize Theron was
discovered in a bank while trying to cash a check. David Boreanaz was
discovered while walking his dog. In fact, I have a cousin who decided he
wanted to try his luck out here and was discovered by the casting director
for The Young and The Restless (Y&R) while he was walking down Hollywood
Needless to say I was furious and extremely jealous! Never mind the fact
that this kid was tall, thin, blond and 18; everything that Y&R was
looking for, while I was still struggling with the "young Kathy Bates"
issue! But in the end, he blew the opportunity that had been handed to him
on a silver platter and he is now back home in Chicago!
Overnight discovery? Yes. Overnight success? No.
BREAKDOWN: There is no such thing as an overnight success when it comes to
your acting career, but that doesn't mean you can't be "discovered"
Copyright C Sharon Moist. All Rights Reserved.
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