Why the pursuit of acting is your best revenge…

Posted on 21 May 2015


One of my favourite films is the Pursuit of Happyness.

It tells the true story of Chris Gardner.

Chris is struggling big time. He is living on the breadline. His wife leaves him and he has to look after his young son by himself. He has little to no money. He and his son have to sleep in toilets and night shelters at night because they can’t afford rent.

This would defeat many a man (or woman), but he keeps going and finds a way to become a top stockbroker.

It’s a very inspiring film.

The main relationship in the film is between him and his young son, also called Christopher.

Here is a quote that I have never forgotten from the film:
Christopher (father): Hey. Don’t ever let somebody tell you… You can’t do something. Not even me. All right?
Christopher (son): All right.
Christopher (father): You got a dream… You gotta protect it. People can’t do somethin’ themselves, they wanna tell you, you can’t do it. If you want somethin’, go get it. Period.

Yip, he is absolutely right.

This happens a lot when you say you want to be an actor. People look at you as if you have said you want to go to Mars and set up a new colony of the human race.

(Not a bad idea as it happens)

But here is the thing. The reason you may get some negative reactions is that it reminds others of what they could have done but didn’t.

So, what do they do? They throw scorn on it. Sometimes obviously, sometimes suitably, either way they are worried that you may actually make it happen.

Which reminds me, if you want to put the wind up a few of the scorners then come along and learn how to become a professional actor at my ‘almost free’ live seminar.

Well, you gotta have a plan sunshine…otherwise they could be right!


To your acting success!