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I've got a soft spot for Theatr Colwyn because my granddad used to run the Colwyn amateur dramatic society in the 1930s.
I used to spend a lot of time at football training, but that time was later spent in amateur acting classes and my local youth theatre, in plays at school and after-school clubs. That filled the void.
I've dubbed myself as an amateur, not because I work in different field, but because I do what I do for love.
The prize money for first place was $2,800, but I didn't take it because I was still an amateur.
I was planning to remain an amateur for a while.
I was always scared in the amateurs, but the minute I got in the ring it was like another person took over. I become more vicious. In there I love to hurt people. Outside I can't hurt a bug.
I began playing in the senior circuit when I was 15 and won the world senior amateur title the same year.
The New York Times Bestseller 'The Amateur,' written by Ed Klein, former editor of the 'New York Times Magazine,' is one of the best books I've read.
My dad was a geologist and my mum was a nurse who directed amateur theatrics.
In skating or any amateur sport, as athletes we share something in common: the cost of training is quite a burden on our parents or on the athletes themselves trying to find a way to pay for their costs.
There were a lot of gifted amateurs in my day. Most of the kids now play fantastically well. I think there are so many bands around now who might get there, but it's a tougher journey.
I've been an amateur photographer since my teens.
It's different today than it was then. In those days we were strictly amateurs. If I had wanted to stay in for the '80 Olympics, my parents couldn't have afforded it.
I had to leave school at 14 because my father got injured in the mines and I had to support my family. I was an undertaker's assistant, then a plasterer, before doing my military service in the RAF. All the while, I was doing amateur dramatics and dreaming of getting a scholarship to the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.
If you decide to design your own language, there are thousands of sort of amateur language designer pitfalls.
Guido van Rossum
Those were the great days when plenty of amateurs could spare time for cricket.
But as an amateur, the highest level you can box at is the Olympics. I did that at 18 and felt it was time to move on to other challenges as a professional.
Billy Joe Saunders
But somehow, I felt no inclination to be interested in it in any amateur way, let alone professional, until suddenly I became interested. And the first thing I did was to compose: not play an instrument, but to compose.
I've played such good golf, and it was hard coming up and it wasn't easy in any matches or any shots. It means a lot. I think hopefully it will mean a lot to New Zealand because I'm the next winner of the U.S. Amateur after Danny Lee.
Two weeks ago at the U.S. Amateur, my mom caddied, and that is kind of a different feeling, because she's your mom and you have to listen to her. It was really comfortable having my mom there, but it's also really relieving and comfortable to have someone that knows the course off their hat, really.
That's what amateur skating is about, technical expertise, and it should always stay that way.
I do small cameos here and there but nothing that requires more than a paragraph of talking, because I'm just an amateur. The movie is a whole different reality.
The amateur tweets. The pro works.
History is one of the only fields where contributions by amateurs are taken seriously, providing you follow the rules and document your sources. In history, it's what you write, not what your credentials are.
My interest was magic, believe it or not. I became an amateur magician and did something like 400 magic shows through my teen years.
I fell in love with acting at around the age of 11, when I was drafted in to play a fairy at an amateur production of 'Midsummer Night's Dream.'
I was 20, I was an amateur from 14 but my first professional role was at 22.
If it weren't for radio programs like 'The George Jarkesy Show,' no one would know about 'The Amateur'.
Sport must be amateur or it is not sport. Sports played professionally are entertainment.
My father was a stone mason, and a talented amateur pianist and vocalist.
John E. Walker
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