Bryan Cranston has become one of the most famous actors in the world after his wildly popular portrayal of Walter White in TV show Breaking Bad. Backstage at the Oscars, Bryan was asked to give advice to aspiring actors. His response could be pertinent to any creative, but especially photographers.
Know what your job is. About 18 years ago I had this cognition. I realized I was going into auditions trying to get a job, and that simply wasn’t what I was suppose to be doing. An actor is suppose to create a compelling, interesting character that serves the text. You present it in the environment where the audition happens and then you walk away. That’s it. Everything else is out of your control so don’t even think about it or focus on it. You’re not going there to get a job. You’re going there to present what you do. You act. And there it is. And walk away. There’s power in that. There’s confidence in that. And it’s also saying I can only do so much and the decision of who might get a job is so out of your control that when you analyze it, it makes no sense to hold on to that. That for me was a breakthrough. And once I adapted that philosophy, I never looked back. And I’ve never been busier in my life.”