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Sandy Quotes

“To be an interesting actor — hell, to be an interesting human being — you must be authentic and for you to ever be authentic you can’t be concerned with what people think about you. Do you have any idea how liberating it is to truly not care what people think about you when working as an actor? Well, that’s what we’re here to do — to become the most authentic, healthy and free actors possible.”

“Every time the rent’s due there are a thousand actors who start calling themselves acting teachers and I can’t tell you how many claim to have studied with me. And just because you did study with me doesn’t mean you’re qualified to teach. If someone tells you they studied with me, ask them what the hell that even means. And if they claim to teach my way, ask them if the have my blessing. Then watch their reaction. Trust your gut. You’ll know.”

“Life beats down and crushes our souls and good acting, good theater reminds everyone that they have one. So you as actors can literally change someone’s life if you work on material that says something, stands for something. What an honor. Being an actor is a religious calling because you’ve been given the ability, the gift, to inspire humanity. Think about that on the way to your Soap Opera audition.”

“If you ever meet someone who calls themselves a Master Teacher, run from this teacher. What arrogance and ego. I’ve mastered nothing. Even after a half century, I’m simply a teacher dedicated to truthful acting and I will never master that.”

“Your acting will not be good until it is only yours. That’s true of music, dance, anything creative. You work until finally nobody is acting like you.”

“Jimmy, you just used a word I adore. Courage. Do you know what that word means? It means willing to risk everything.”

“The single most important word in an actor’s vocabulary is why. That little word will lead to specifics that will live inside your soul.”

“My lack of respect for Lee Strasberg has simply grown over the years for one reason and one reason alone — his insistence that his way, his method is the only way to work. How asinine and egotistical is that. My approach is not for everyone and I would never be so arrogant as to profess that studying with me was the whole story. Use whatever works. You’re not all the same so there’s no ‘one way or right way’ to get to your instrument. Whatever works, use it!”

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