Let's talk about discouragement. It's a feeling all too familiar for actors young and old. It's, well, just part of the business... but that doesn't make it any easier. But I'd like to point out that it is something that ALL actors go through, even the ones that "made it," probably ones you've even seen on the screen! One child actress, however, has recently rocketed to fame after *almost* giving up acting.
WWMBBD (What Would Millie Bobby Brown Do?)
Milly Bobby Brown is one of the fabulous child actors in the Netflix original series Stranger Things. Before she got the part though, Milly Bobby Brown says she almost QUIT acting! But why? She's so talented! Well, just like you probably feel after you don't get the part you may be hoping for, she was feeling a bit discouraged. She had only been booking relatively small parts on television and was feeling a bit drained.
Brown never trained as an actor, but she pursued her dream from the age of 8 just by trying out for anything she and her parents could find. But like everyone, she was rejected. Like a lot. “I felt at one point I couldn’t do it [anymore], but then I got this and everything changed,” she said in an interview with Variety Magazine (read the full article here).
The point I'm trying to make is this: don't give up acting because you're discouraged. Don't quit acting because you get rejected a lot. If you're heart's in it, you'll be able to get past the rejection. Your time will come, just as Millie Bobby Brown's did.
Written by Katherine White / November 3, 2017