Kevin Bacon on How to Stay Focused in Hollywood

Kevin Bacon offers aspiring actors advice on how to keep their eyes on the prize when trying to make it in Tinseltown.

Released on 7/16/2015

Credits

Starring: Kevin Bacon

Transcript

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What would you say to someone, actor or not an actor,
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in how one perseveres and how one stays focused?
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Keep the dreams.
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They're nice if they happen, you know.
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And they're big and they're fun.
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If they don't,
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appreciate the things that you do have done,
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the things that you have accomplished.
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And also, the other really really really important thing
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about anything is to find something outside
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of whatever your career happens to be
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that gives you pleasure and peace
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and excitement and
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joy, you know.
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Because you're never gonna stay
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like the belle of the ball,
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whatever that may be, forever.
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Sooner or later,
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something is going to, you know,
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dip and crash and burn, and if all of your self-worth
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and all your identity is wrapped up in whatever that is.
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I mean, I've been at this a long time,
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and I've seen a lot of people,
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and, like everything that they had was wrapped up
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in acting and movies and Hollywood and this whole thing.
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And then when that doesn't work out,
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it's a very very lonely place to go home to.
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Whatever career you have,
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it's so important to find whatever it is,
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it could be yoga, it could be you know, porn,
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(laughter)
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but I mean it's.
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Could be yoga porn.
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It could be yoga porn.
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Is there such a thing?
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I don't know.
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We'll check later.
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