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Nadia Davids

Nadia Davids

“Is you are a writer, you are someone from a very early age who observes and absorbs the world. That never stops, whether you are observing or absorbing your family dynamics and then that kind of stretches out and you start looking at the world and systems in the world and how these things work.”

Denise Newman

Denise Newman

“You need a technical skill to be a professional performer. Rehearsal is the time to try things out. A director once said to me “Don’t come into my rehearsal room with a performance. I want to see you trying different things every time. If it doesn’t work, I’ll tell you and then we can try something else. Don’t settle on a performance on day one.” Don’t be so hard on yourself. Try things because you never know what you’ll discover along the way.”

 

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Denise Newman

Denise Newman

“Don’t doubt yourself so much. Trust your instinct. I’ve had to learn that over the years. As a younger performer you can’t judge your talent. You only judge yourself from what other people are saying. Sometimes, they are not very kind. It is fine to be critical but to be constructively critical.”

 

Denise Newman

Denise Newman

“Actors can’t retire. We can only stop what we are doing when we can’t remember words anymore. Then we shape shift into something else and I would probably become a director or a teacher.”

 

Denise Newman

Denise Newman

“Actors are always very hard on themselves. They always want perfection and of course we forget that we are only human. Working in film they always cut and you do it again whereas on stage you can’t. If you fall over a word or you stumble, you just have to keep going.”

Nadia Davids

Nadia Davids

“As a writer, you have to be unafraid of criticism. It is incredibly hard but it is very important and to learn within that diminishment of fear, and it comes over time, when the criticism is important and valid and there to help you deepen and improve the work and when it is maybe not coming from the nicest place. You’ll start to be able to hear the difference but to not shy away from critique because critique is very important.”

Nadia Davids

Nadia Davids

“I think reading is fundamentally the most important thing a writer can do. To read as widely as possible. And when you are writing, don’t read crap because the crap will show up in your own work. Read good people who you admire and challenge you. Don’t leave a book because it’s difficult. It’s important to know that not all reading is for pleasure. Some reading is there to challenge you. It’s good to be challenged.”

Denise Newman

Denise Newman

“Each night, each audience, you play a different show. It is never the same show or rather that is my role as a performer. I can’t recreate last night. I have a framework and I just have to communicate the story. That is what an actress have to do.”

 

Nadia Davids

Nadia Davids

“Write everyday. I think it’s something every writer must take seriously. I think when you are in your 20’s, if you are lucky, and if you are middle class and you have certain automatic privileges already, your life can be quite unfettered and there is a lot of time in which you can write. Those are the important years to read widely and write as much as possible as you can because life change.”

 

Denise Newman

Denise Newman

“We have got to start telling stories about people who are part of history that are being forgotten and not written.”

Denzel Washington

Denzel Washington

You pray for rain, you gotta deal with the mud too. That's a part of it.

Denzel Washington

Denzel Washington

My mother used to tell me man gives the award, God gives the reward. I don't need another plaque.

Denzel Washington

Denzel Washington

 “I say luck is when an opportunity comes along and you’re prepared for it.” 

Denzel Washington

Denzel Washington

If I am a cup maker, I'm interested in making the best cup I possibly can. My effort goes into that cup, not what people think about it.

Denzel Washington

Denzel Washington

“I’d be more frightened by not using whatever abilities I’d been given. I’d be more frightened by procrastination and laziness.

Denzel Washington

Denzel Washington

In any profession, it gets to be a grind

Denzel Washington

Denzel Washington

I never really had the classic struggle. I had faith.

Denzel Washington

Denzel Washington

You have to grab moments when they happen. I like to improvise and ad lib

Denzel Washington

Denzel Washington

Acting is just a way of making a living, the family is life.

Denzel Washington

Denzel Washington

Goals on the road to achievement cannot be achieved without discipline and consistency

Denzel Washington

Denzel Washington

At the end of the day, it’s not about what you have or even what you’ve accomplished. It’s about what you’ve done with those accomplishments. It’s about who you’ve lifted up, who you’ve made better. It’s about what you’ve given back.

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