On Being Persistent

  • Monty Burgess

    Actor

    Chloë Grace Moretz from 'Kick Ass'.

    "You'll get a thousand noes and one yes," she says of auditioning. "There's a couple parts that I really wanted badly that I didn't get. But I tell myself that when a door shuts, another bigger, more beautiful door opens....People will say you have limits, but you have to brush it off," says Moretz. "They say you're not good, or you're too good. They say you're too scripted, you're too pretty, you're too young, you're too tall. But you get that one that says you're perfect, and you book it."

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    Thanks for posting this. Really interesting article.

    • 21st Apr 2010
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  • Monty Burgess

    Actor

    And Patrick Stewart

    www.backstage.com/bso/news-and-features-features/he-claudius-1004084710.story

    • 22nd Apr 2010
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  • Mark Joseph

    Actor

    "A thousand noes and one yes." What a load of arse.

    The fallacy that acting is about constant rejection is, well, just that, a fallacy. It's about a getting an audition in the first place! If we were reading for great parts that constantly, it'd be fantastic!!

    M.

    • 22nd Apr 2010
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  • Blake J Askew

    Actor

    I read that you wont always get what you want, but IF persistent you may almost certainly be CONSIDERED for what you want.

    I think thats a fair assessment

    • 23rd Apr 2010
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    I'm with Mark on this one. Just getting into the auditioning room in the first place is the important thing. As far as I can see , that actress is already where we all want to be i.e regularly reading for great roles.

    • 23rd Apr 2010
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  • Mark Joseph

    Actor

    I particularly like this bit:

    "But two years ago, her mother brought her a screenplay and said, "Chloë, it's what you've been wanting." Moretz had recently seen "Wanted" and longed for an action role in the vein of Angelina Jolie's Fox. The script was "Kick-Ass," and Moretz instantly fell in love with the characters. "I read the script and said, 'I have to be Hit Girl,' " she recalls. "It was an amazing character and so different from what any other kid has done, aside from my idols: Natalie Portman in 'The Professional' and Jodie Foster in 'Taxi Driver.' "

    Moretz put herself on tape for "Kick-Ass" co-writer and director Matthew Vaughn, then tried not to think about it too much."

    Her mum brought the script home, and she just "put herself on tape for Matthew Vaughn". I'd love to just "put myself on tape" for a million things!

    • 24th Apr 2010
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  • Claire Dodin

    Actor

    Mark,

    You can put yourself on tape for some studio movies via actorcast and the castit system.

    But can you record a high quality audition with a camera and have someone reading for you and then upload it? And are you ready to fly to LA at short notice if they want to see you after reviewing your tape?

    We have more choices than we think. Being seen may not be easy, but there are ways and who said the acting life was going to be easy anyway ;-)

    • 24th Apr 2010
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  • Claire Dodin

    Actor

    "People will say you have limits, but you have to brush it off"

    I love that! The only barriers that we have are the ones that we built for ourselves.

    • 24th Apr 2010
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    There's nothing to fear...

    Except...

    Fear it's self!

    **;^))

    • 24th Apr 2010
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  • Lee Ravitz

    Actor

    Hmmmm...I am not quite sure where the arguments over this are emanating from. What we have is the story of a young girl (clearly a pretty talented one - I won't deny that) from a wealthy family based in LA in which there is at least one older actor (namely, her brother), who was picked up by what I would assume is a first class agent at the age of 7 or thereabouts, and went on to book a number of guest slots on prime time television over several years. I suspect that being talented and 7, plus having a significant agent backing you, whilst being able to be helpfully coached by your older brother, ensured that she managed to win a fair number of roles in a market that would otherwise have proved hideously competitive.

    Having established a profile for about six years within the industry, the fact that she can read for significant scripts on request is not that surprising, I'd say.

    I don't actually deny that she must have worked hard for it, and that, in a sense, all actors face the same problems at all levels within the industry to some extent. And if, to me, some of her comments come across a typically mawkish and banal, I suspect that is only because she has already become well trained in spouting the kind of platitudes that Hollywood wants to hear from her. Read what Nicholas Cage had to say about *her*, and you realise that this tendency only grows worse with age.

    None of this denys the excellence of her actual acting which is very fine in 'Kick Ass' in my opinion.

    Still, other than reminding us all to keep plugging away, I have to agree with some of the nay sayers here - these platitudes are so much easier to spout when you have been brought up wealthy and precocious in the hub of the US acting industry, and have been scoring significant parts since the age of 7!

    • 24th Apr 2010
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  • Blake J Askew

    Actor

    Claire,

    What I love about you is the fact that you don't allow yourself to get stuck in apathy. You push and do whatever you can. You deserve every single bit of success you are getting now. I'm so proud of you! Xx

    • 24th Apr 2010
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  • Charles Delaney

    Actor

    ...'Well,better to be a King for a night

    than a schmuck for a lifetime'!

    Robert De Niro as 'The King Of Comedy'

    • 24th Apr 2010
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  • Charles Delaney

    Actor

    ...On the point of being persistant,

    HOLY SHIT! It's 3 mins past 12.00am....

    ps. I agree with Lee's post.

    • 24th Apr 2010
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  • Claire Dodin

    Actor

    Thanks Blake! :-)

    I do not disagree with anyone here, it's just that there's nothing we can do about the fact that we weren't born in a wealthy entertainment family; but we can focus of the other ways to get were we want to be. No matter how big the obstacles seem to be, there are always ways around them. We set our own goals and we will only go as far as we allow ourselves to go.

    • 25th Apr 2010
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    Act like a loser...

    Talk like a loser...

    Think like a loser...

    And you will be...

    A .....

    **;^))

    • 25th Apr 2010
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    "Too pretty, too young, too tall..." Nope, haven't had anyone say that to me in a while. Bless her cottons, she'll be writing her autograph soon! ;P

    • 26th Apr 2010
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    Um...autobiography, NOT autograph - what IS it with me and typos? Too much professional bitterness swilling around...;P LOL

    • 26th Apr 2010
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    I agree with Clive. I would also add that it is very important to meet with the right attitute crowd. If you surround yourself with negative people, their negativity can be contigous and you'd end up also a 'L****'. Meet and surround yourself with POSITIVE people, who have POSITIVE thinking, leave fear and negativity out of your life...

    • 26th Apr 2010
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  • Guy Press

    Actor

    Persistence is the key to success whatever line you're in and at whatever level!!! Keep Smiling!!

    • 26th Apr 2010
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