Acting : An acting quote that I found inspiring. by Stephen Foster

Stephen Foster

An acting quote that I found inspiring.

"There is someone in the audience tonight who auditioned me 30 years ago, and told me I was untalented and unphotogenic and I should quit trying to be an actress. Well, 30 years later, here I am, Emmy in hand. I won’t mention your name. But you know who you are. And you WILL be in The Book!"

—Rue McClanahan (Emmy Acceptance Speech)

Tshepiso Matlala

That's pure heartfelt speech. As performing artist it will never be easy. I remember some years ago, I was been reprimanded as writer. Someone decided to tarnish my name into mud and I knew just then that dogs don't bark at standing car, yet the one in motion.

Stephen Foster

Tshepiso Matlala so true. when you going they come barking.

Richard "RB" Botto

Perfect.

Debbie Croysdale

LOL. The pen is mightier than the sword...Divine Justice reaps another victory....As real talent outs! Thanks for the post. Its a sad fact that in most walks of life (but particularly this industry) “Psychic Vampires” are out to debase talent at any turn in the road because it would triumph their own inadequacies to do so. I think they see something in others, they can never ever be themselves, and minor league sadism kicks in.

Stephen Foster

Debbie Croysdale I love how in that moment she took her power back. so often, us actors give too freely of our talents.

Debbie Croysdale

@Stephen I agree artists can give too much, too freely, but then that trait is at our very core as performers. Sad when our giving nature falls on stony ground, or worse falls into a tricksters trap, but when our talent is met with genuine professional appreciation it opens floodgates.

Stephen Foster

Debbie Croysdale I agree. but we have to be armed, told and warned. and tell others!

Olyvia Bollin

I am SO sharing this with my child actor - she's 12 and perhaps oddly in this day and age, loves watching the Golden Girls. They're her favorite type of character. As an actress getting paid for work, she gets a LOT of rash from fellow classmates...you know, typical middle school cruelty and insecurities. They find it easy to bash a girl who has modeled digital/digital media/social/print for Justice Stores, landed a supporting role in an indie film we just wrapped up, landed a lead in an industrial film and a bunch of other great things that I never did at 12!! She only decided to go professional but maybe a year and a half ago? She never brags but she can't even just talk about her summer or her weekend due to jealousy rearing its ugly head...it just breaks my heart. She would be very much inspired by this quote - thanks a MILLION for sharing!!!

Stephen Foster

Olyvia Bollin just tell her to not worry about the losers in school. over half of them will be pregnant or on drugs in 4 years.

Olyvia Bollin

Stephen Foster - Thanks for the support for Olyvia! She's a tough cookie who has always been comfortable in her own skin and has no hesitation in standing up for her right to be. Although I don't wish that tragic stuff on anyone, I fear you're right about a few of them if they don't change their ways...so sad to think it could be so easily avoided with just a bit of proper parenting *sigh*

Debbie Croysdale

@Olyvia I really feel for this little girl, but luckily she has a core of steel. She will look back on the school bullying when older and feel stronger because she will be where she is ...and they will be where they still are. It does hurt nonetheless, when walking the hate gauntlet in a school. A couple of years back an intern had it in for me on an ADULT course, which re kindled the memories of youth.

Kelley Christene Watson

Keep at it Olyvia! My now 20 year old beautiful daughter was teased mercilessly in middle school for being tall (she was an early bloomer, now she is barely 5'2"!), but was so beautiful that she secured representation through several modeling agents in Chicago. No brag, she hated The Biz, but the point is, those contracts were her shield to the s&*^ . Ignore those idiots and keep on!

Olyvia Bollin

Kelley Christene Watson - I sure hate hearing when children get picked on...I was one of them myself as a child (I developed at 10 - overnight lol). Heck, I even see it going on in the adult world smh I am glad your daughter was able to have something to solidify her naturally beautiful presence. There are so many kids that just don't have the tools to deal with it. Even though Olyvia has always been good to go within herself and truly sees her only competition is herself, whenever she's dealing with more stupidity, I always up the coaching or something to keep her focused to avoid her getting focused on the naysayers/haters/etc. She LOVES acting (she modeled first but decided early on that wasn't her passion at all). She is currently in L.A. this week, getting some pretty intense coaching/master classes in, working on a demo reel and whatnot...She will be posting on her social media of course, so I expect to have to give some extra support once school/middle school BS starts (so ridiculous). For the record, I never take sharing as bragging when having good discussion with others in the industry - WE know it's not how any of this works! LOL I hope your day is nothing short of fantabulous :)

Kelley Christene Watson

I think you are doing the right things. Everyone who knows me and my daughter says Cat (my daughter) is so normal and grounded. She is now in a pre- veterinary program at UC Davis, studying to be a large animal vet. go figure. I am sure you will support Olyvia's dreams. Good luck in L.A.

Olyvia Bollin

Aw, thanks...you're so kind! Being grounded is important. Olyvia went into this with the determination that she was going to make money to help with her college fund (she wants to be a pediatric neurologist specializing in Tourette Syndrome - at 12 this blew me away - totally didn't see THAT coming! LOL). Now, she truly loves it and has decided to do both. I love that your daughter wants to be a large animal vet - there are certainly areas that really need more of them - but the compassion it takes to be one is impressive! Good on ya, Mom!

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