Ed Begley Jr. (St. Elsewhere, Better Call Saul, Arrested Development) is a Golden Globe and Emmy-nominated actor who has become a household name. As the son of an Oscar-winning actor, he thought he had a free pass to Hollywood stardom. But when no job offers came, he realized he was missing the first step – training. He shares how the harsh truth motivated him to hone his craft, why he got involved in environmentalism, how he’s successfully followed more than one passion, and what you can do to leave your non-carbon footprint in the world.
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You have to train and hone your craft before you can expect any opportunities. Just because you’re well-connected, it doesn’t mean you’ll get hired.
Don’t question if your dream job is something you should do – it’s something you have to do.
You can pursue multiple passions in one lifetime.
Don’t focus on what you’re against – ask yourself, what are you for and what are you going to do about it?
All it takes is one person to raise an army and make a difference.
If you put a lot of work into your passion, you’ll get a lot out of it.
Ed Begley Jr.’s website
Listen to Ed and his wife Rachelle’s podcast, Begleyesque
Begleys Best, their natural, eco-friendly cleaning product line
Take a tour of Ed Begley Jr’s LEED platinum house
The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds
Ed’s father, Oscar-winning actor Ed Begley
Michael Richards, aka Kramer from Seinfeld
How Stan Laurel & Oliver Hardy deal with pain – carrying a piano up the stairs in The Music Box
Vince Gilligan’s classic opening scene in Breaking Bad – storytelling at its finest
Ed’s acting inspirations – Robert DeNiro, Meryl Streep, Bob Hoskins, Jack Nicholson, Dabney Coleman, Peter Falk
My Three Sons with Fred MacMurray – Ed’s episode
Ed’s favorite movies – Chinatown, Seven Beauties
Ed’s favorite work – The In-Laws, Christopher Guest’s Best in Show, St. Elsewhere
What made him care about the environment:
LA’s smog – see a photo timeline here
Going to the moon – see photos from Apollo 11 here
Prop 65 – what is it?
Living with Ed, Ed and Rachelle’s TV show
Want to go green? Here are his tips:
Get LED light bulbs
Buy an energy-saving thermostat
Beware of vampire power (also called phantom load / standby power)
Ride your bike – tips here
Take public transportation – learn about your options here
Eat less meat – tips here
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