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Acting for the Stage by Chris Qualls, Anna Weinstein

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CHAPTER 2

STICKING IT OUT

“The best way to guarantee a loss is to quit.”

Morgan Freeman

You’ve taken the first step and have begun your career, and now it’s time to move into the next phase: “Sticking It Out.”

How long is this stage? you might be wondering. The short answer is, longer than you think. You won’t just stick it out until you achieve the success you’re looking for. If you’re in this for the long haul, you’ll stick it out until you’re ready to retire. That is, if you do retire. Because artists, as you know, have the luxury of continuing their work long after the age of 65.

Sticking it out means making a decision to stay in the game even when all signs seem to point you in a direction off the board. Sticking it out means weathering ...

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