What We Can Learn from Bradley Cooper’s Dedication

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Cooper embodied a professional attitude towards a craft that can be intimidating, daunting, and downright scary.

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.

Cooper recently flung into the spotlight after his successful performances in Wedding Crashers, The A-Team, The Hangover, The Hangover Part II, and Limitless, to name a few.

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.

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Four Videos That Dig Deep Into the Essence of Creativity

Image by Annie Bannanie

Where is the line to be drawn between remixing material and downright stealing it? That is one of the questions addressed in the following 4 part video series Everything is a Remix. It also addresses the recent history of creative remixing in the technology industry, the basic elements of creativity, copyright laws, and more.

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