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Acting for the Stage by Chris Qualls, Anna Weinstein

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CHAPTER 3

FINDING SUCCESS

“Success? I don’t know what that word means. I’m happy. But success, that goes back to what in somebody’s eyes success means. For me, success is inner peace. That’s a good day for me.”

Denzel Washington

How many actors does it take to screw in a light bulb?

A quick web search reveals that there are many possible answers to that question. But history tells us that it took one man a significant number of tries before he got it right. Thomas Edison failed a staggering 10,000 times before finally succeeding. Or as he’s quoted to have said, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that do not work.”

Nobody succeeds after one or twenty or fifty tries. Not light-bulb level success.

Ten thousand is a good number. It’s ...

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