Acting is a profession that is constantly testing you. From being rejected for a part because you have the talent but not the right look to constantly going on auditions without any success, it can be easy to give up. However, some actors did not get their break until very late in life and if acting is your passion it is important not to give up and stay dedicated. Here are some inspiring quotes from actors to keep motivated:

On Not Giving Up:

“If you get a chance to act in a room that somebody else has paid rent for, then you’re given a free chance to practice your craft.” ~ Phillip Seymour Hoffman

“Giving voice to characters that have no other voice—that’s the great worth of what we do.” ~ Meryl Streep

“Learn to live your life—there’s no recipe for it. You can’t go to acting school to learn to be a deep person with a lot of experience to draw from; you can only become that person by feeling, by getting hurt, by feeling incredibly happy, by seeing the world; those are the things that make you richer as a person and give you a much bigger bank to draw from when you bring characters to life.” ~ Pablo Schreiber

“The only failure is not to try.” ~ George Clooney

“Your regrets aren’t what you did but what you didn’t do. So I take every opportunity.” ~ Carmen Diaz

“You have to be totally tough to deal with all those times when you’re being turned down, and then really soft in order to access your character’s emotions.” ~ Felicity Jones

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

On Acting:

“If you really do want to be an actor who can satisfy himself and his audience, you need to be vulnerable.” ~ Jack Lemmon

“The first step to a better audition is to give up character and use yourself.” ~ Michael Shurtleff

“With any part you play, there is a certain amount of yourself in it. There has to be, otherwise it’s just not acting. It’s lying.” ~ Johnny Depp

“Every actor has to make terrible films from time to time, but the trick is never to be terrible in them.” ~ Christopher Lee

Many actors and actresses have tried and failed. .0001% get a part on their first audition. It is important to remember that auditions are extra practice and without failure you can’t become a successful actor. Hold on to your passion and remember that famous actors and actresses today did not get where they are without first failing. The important thing is to remember why you want to become an actor and hold on to that goal.