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modeling & talent ● breaking into showbiz By Adam Hill Ten... Nine... Eight... Seven... Six... Five... Four... Three... Two... One… Blast Off! W hen we’re young, that seems to be how we thrust ourselves into seeking our dreams. It was certainly how I felt. I was eager and ready to begin my journey into show-business. The fact that I didn’t know what to expect meant little to me. Why? Because I didn’t know I was supposed to know something. I assumed wonderful things would just happen to me because I wanted them so much. I don’t mean to make light of my naiveté or my passionate youth- ful energy. I am appreciative of both and relish that those qualities are still with me, although not as youthful as they once were. The optimistic joy with which we enter any pro- fession will only help propel us faster toward our goals. The four time Nobel Prize in Literature nominee and nineteenth century novelist, Henry James, began each day by writing the following... “I have only to let myself go. The sense of it, the need of it rolls over me at times with commanding force. It seems to me to be the formula to my salva- tion. I am in full possession of the accumulated re- sources. I have only to use them. To insist on using them! To persist in using them! To do something more! To do something more than I have ever done! Go on, my boy, and strike hard. Try everything, do everything, render everything and be an artist and be distinguished to the last.” Yes, Henry James wrote this down on paper at the be- ginning of every day. He reminded himself daily of his ca- pabilities, his passion, his energy, and his goals. It fueled his daily “Blast Off.” HOW DO YOU SEE YOURSELF? Are you a hopeful talent who really wants to get started in the business? If so, that’s what you’ll remain—a hopeful talent waiting to get started. Do you see yourself as a work- ing actor? If so, then live your life from that belief. How you perceive yourself today will put you on the path that will lead you to accomplishing your goals. 30 PAGEANTRY BRADLEY COOPER “I want to get better. That’s basically what challenges me, is my getting better and better and working harder.” ~ Bradley Cooper, Oscar nominated actor What qualities do you admire in successful actors that you wish to emulate? What did they do to achieve what they have? What is it you need to do to achieve what they have? What fuels their daily get up and go? DO YOU KNOW WHY YOU WANT TO BE AN ACTOR? When I was an acting student, a famous Broadway Pro- ducer asked the members of my acting class in New York City why we wanted to be actors. I thought, how can I ar- ticulate something that comes from deep inside me? How do I express myself without sounding absurd? How could I express why I wanted to be an actor without appearing pre- tentious? Finally, how do I describe the indescribable? Was this man asking the right question, but the wrong way? Would he have elicited a clearer response if he had asked the following two questions? “What do you intend to bring to your career as an actor?” “What do you expect your career as an actor to give you in return?” If I had been asked these questions, this is how I would have answered them: I would bring to my career my love of the craft... my tal- ent... a well exercised instrument... a healthy body... a devo- tion to excellence... persistence... a sense of humor... the ability and willingness to continually grow... fearlessness...