The Screen Actors Guild Foundation and Back Stage held an interview Q&A at the DGA with ARGO actors (who also direct) Ben Affleck, Alan Arkin, and Bryan Cranston.
Here are some words of wisdom from them on acting.
I think their advice can also be applied to job interviews, writer pitch meetings, and other situations where being nervous interferes with your creativity, confidence, and overall success.
“The biggest hurdle to me is relaxation. Once you get over that, you can really see what people can do.” — Ben Affleck
“I was desperate, so I clenched. When I didn’t give a damn anymore, I started getting good. Caring too much can get in your way. The older I get, the less I care, the more interested in me people seem to be. I try hard to not give a damn anymore, in a good way. Being content with where you are, allows you to play with whatever comes your way, allows you to be interesting… Sitting around waiting hoping someone will like you is death.” — Alan Arkin
“It is more important to please yourself and do something that makes an impact.” – Bryan Cranston