I am republishing this post, which was first published on October 10th, 2011.
The other day I watched an interesting interview of the actor Bradley Cooper on Inside The Actor’s Studio.
What I learned from watching this is that it’s important to become a student of the craft and dedicate everything we have to the process of learning and improving, because in the end, dedication will take us farther than talent.
He wasn’t a child prodigy destined to star on the big screen, though. He wasn’t a Christian Bale type with movie-star-aura at 13 years old. The story of Cooper’s acting success is one of humble beginnings and a serious dedication to his craft.
In 1977, Cooper graduated from Georgetown University with honours in English. His initial plan was to take a year off and intern at the Shubert Theatre in Philadelphia and build up his acting skills before applying to grad school. As a test run, he decided it wouldn’t hurt to apply to a graduate program right away. Astonishingly, without any real prior acting experience, he was accepted to the MFA program at the Actors Studio Drama School in New York.