From time to time, and with his permission, I’ve been re-publishing a series of columns from Bob Fraser for actors … concentrating on those that are of most value to those of us who are focused on voice acting. Today Bob quotes himself, sort of.
ACTOR’S TOOL-KIT #26
BOB QUOTES HIMSELF – SORTA
by Bob Fraser
I thought I’d do another set of great quotes and I was hard at work, doing research (finding quotes that are applicable to acting is not like finding pebbles on the beach, believe me) and sweating my self-imposed deadline, when I came across this oldie but goodie:
“The immature writer suffers, the mature writer steals.”
Actually that’s not an accurate quote, but it fits with the theme, today. I’ve decided to indulge in a little unabashed plagiarism.
And so, I offer you my “rewrites” of some classic and not so classic quotations — slanted, naturally, to our narrow show biz interests.
“Pursuing success in show business is like boxing … talent is a left jab – but character, persistence, hard work and good planning are the knock-out punches. Being likable is the fancy footwork.” Bob Fraser
“Acting is not emotional. It is the ability to re-create the emotion in the audience’s heart that defines the craft.” Bob Fraser
“The most encouraging thing about show business is to see folks not as talented as yourself, who have gotten to the top through conscious endeavor.” Bob Fraser
“Happiness is not a red-carpet you are going to arrive at someday. It’s a way of making the trip.” Bob Fraser
“There is nothing new in show business — except talent.” Bob Fraser
“It’s impossible to become a movie star. Which is why so few people try it.” Bob Fraser
“The secret to popularity in show business is just this; be very nice to everyone before lunch. The rest of the day will take care of itself.” Bob Fraser
“The first a greatest law of show business is: Don’t let them scare you.” Bob Fraser
“Success in show business is not so much a matter of what cards you’ve been dealt as it is playing them like a Royal Flush.” Bob Fraser
“Happiness is doing what you like and making a fortune.” Bob Fraser
“There is nothing more irritating than a person with less talent and more success than we have.” Bob Fraser
“Fraser’s Theory – If you pay attention, you can observe a lot just by looking.”
“Stardom is all a matter of luck. Ask any extra.” Bob Fraser
“The 7 essential ingredients of success in show business are; sincerity, personal integrity, humility, courtesy, wisdom and charity. Wait that’s only 6. Oh, right … tenacity and humor. Hmm. 8. Let’s face it, there are a lot of essential ingredients… like an innate desire to tell stories and … er … Aw, make up your own darn quote!” Bob Fraser
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