How to Pursue Acting and Activism – Ed Begley Jr.



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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  Ed with his solar panels

Ed with his solar panels


  1. 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.

  2. Don’t question if your dream job is something you should do – it’s something you have to do.

  3. You can pursue multiple passions in one lifetime.

  4. Don’t focus on what you’re against – ask yourself, what are you for and what are you going to do about it?

  5. All it takes is one person to raise an army and make a difference.

  6. If you put a lot of work into your passion, you’ll get a lot out of it.



  1. LA’s smog – see a photo timeline here

  2. Santa Barbara oil spill in 1969

  3. Going to the moon – see photos from Apollo 11 here


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