"In order to be an actor you need to totally commit. You can't put your big toe in." - Bryan Cranston
Speaking from his own personal experience that spands three decades, Cranston talks about the importance of complete commitment as an actor, understanding the critical components of work ethic and endurance in this industry. If you want it, you must be willing to work tirelessly for it. But beyond that, success as an actor involves more than just working hard. It demands a mindset that is willing to endure the rough road ahead. So while his stellar performance of Walter White may have put Cranston on the map and made him a household name, Cranston knows it didn't come easy, or quick. He's been around steadily pursuing his craft for over 30 years, going on audition after audition after audition. Just take a glimpse at his IMDB page and you'll see a resume full of guest star credits and series dating back to the early 1980's.
So, I know what you might be thinking. "Who wants to wait 30 years before my big break?" First, who said anything about waiting? Certainly it seems the last thing Bryan Cranston has been doing these past 30 years is waiting. He's been much too busy working! And every role he's played, whether large or small, known or unknown, has all gone into the mix of making him the phenomenal performer we know and love today.
So what can we glean from Cranston's message? Let's break it down to a simple concept. And since I'm a fan of acronyms, let's take it back to the ABC's. The following are five key components to finding success as an actor.