Leonardo DiCaprio, we’ve known him from when he was a young boy appearing in several commercial and educational films. From the TV to the film industry, DiCaprio had gathered good and bad critiques and one of the successful actors we have today. What does he have to say to aspiring young actors. A noteworthy message to take.
I’ve had young people come up to me and ask me about acting and how to get into the industry, and I always talk about preparation. Go to acting class; learn the fundamentals. Then go to L.A., where all the auditions are. Those are the first two things. And the third thing is, know your damn lines. Know your lines inside and out, to the point at which they become secondhand. Like everyone else, I’m a big fan of Stanley Kubrick; I really wish I could have worked with him. There was something about the way he worked with his actors, a certain exhaustion all his actors had and a certain naturalness in the way they said their lines. It’s because they were doing 50 to 100 takes sometimes. There’s no way they didn’t know every next word that was coming out of their mouth. There was a certain calm and ease—even when you’re insane like Jack Nicholson in “The Shining”—there’s a certain ease that you have with your dialogue where you can play around. And the ability to play around comes with being prepared and knowing who your character is and what they’re going to say. Then you can improv and do other things, because you have the roots and you can create the branches and leaves. But you have to know the fundamentals, and the most important fundamental is: Know what you’re going to say.
I spoke to many actors, actresses, and models from different age groups in my line of work. There are many talents who have potential, many demonstrate remarkable talent that’s noticeable to many casting and film directors. There are few though who just do it for the sake of money. But what’s notable among other actors is their passion to do what they love to do regardless of rate or the time it takes.