Hollywood Actors Share Their Success Secrets

Watch the video interview on Youtube here

This Film Courage video is a culmination of dozens of interviews we have done over the past 5+ years with Hollywood actors. It covers the craft, strategy, mindset, business principles, and the ups and downs that all actors face.

This video features Aaron Eckhart, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Katey Sagal, James Franco, Kevin Bacon, Michelle Monaghan, Aaron Paul, Richard Gere, Ethan Hawke, Cynthia Nixon, Miles Teller, Tobey Maguire, Jim Gaffigan, Mandy Moore, LaKeith Stanfield, Clive Owen, Alexander Skarsgård, Omari Hardwick and a whole lot more.

We’ve made this video for actors but we can see it benefiting all creatives. It was fun for us to put together and we hope you get a lot out of it.

It’s broken down into 3 Chapters.

00:05 – Mindset

52:30 – Craft

1:37:18 – Stories

Aaron Eckhart: We’re all riddled by fear and doubt and insecurity and we all have dreams we talk ourselves out of those dreams. We like to see people who have been on the top and fallen from grace and then picking themselves back up.

Miles Teller and Aaron Eckhart in BLEED FOR THIS.
Photo credit: Seacia Pavao / Distributor: Open Road Films

I always say there is no such thing as second chances. You get as many chances are you want in this world. It’s how you present yourself to the world that gives you the second chance. You can continually reinvent yourself but you’ve got to do it.

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau in SHOT CALLER

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau: I’ve never had a Plan B for some reason. I’m very stupid. I’ve always had a very stupid, unrealistic belief that it would work out but it did for some reason.

Lakeith Stanfield in CROWN HEIGHTS

Lakeith Stanfield: Half of it was trying to hustle up money to get down and get up on the train and some of it was my parents were helping me every now and again and taking me whenever my bugging them sort of hit its breaking point. “Again? For What?” Because when you’re auditioning you don’t realize how much rejection is involved. So you get rejected 20-30 times you’re like “What am I still doing this for? Obviously it’s not going to work.” And it was so much work to get down there…Watch the video interview on Youtube here).


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