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Baseball is the only field of endeavor where a man can succeed three times out of ten and be considered a good performer.
I don't think I could live without hair, makeup and styling, let alone be the performer I am. I am a glamour girl through and through. I believe in the glamorous life and I live one.
Throughout my whole life, as a performer, I've never played with a band. I've always played alone, so I was never required to stay in rhythm or anything. So it was a real different experience for me to start playing with a band. There were so many basic things for me to learn.
The things that have always been important: to be a good man, to try to live my life the way God would have me, to turn it over to Him that His will might be worked in my life, to do my work without looking back, to give it all I've got, and to take pride in my work as an honest performer.
I guess you could say it's always been my destiny to be a performer.
Speaking purely from a musical standpoint, I think I am a great performer.
I'm a performer, comedian, entertainer, writer and director.
The public pays and feels it is entitled to participate in the personal affairs of a performer.
As a member of the audience I don't like it that I can't see what's going on in the eyes and in the face and in the most subtle responses of a performer when I'm more than a few rows back. I find it very frustrating.
I suppose it's a very highly developed form of denial, but some part of me completely denies that I'm a performer.
Madonna remains the most visible performer on the planet, as well as one of the wealthiest, but would anyone seriously say that artistic self-development is her primary motivating principle? She is too busy with Kabbalah, fashion merchandising, adoption melodramas, the gym, and ill-starred horseback riding to study art.
I became a performer because it was what I enjoyed doing.
I always stayed fit because I'm a performer, and all of those things help me to perform.
I'm a total performer.
I wasn't a trained Mickey Mouse club performer. I played in jazz clubs and restaurants.
Pop stardom is not very compelling. I'm much more interested in a relationship between performer and audience that is of equals. I came up through folk music, and there's no pomp and circumstance to the performance. There's no, like, 'I'll be the rock star, you be the adulating fan.'
For me, there's a fine line between being a cheeseball and being a good performer.
If any performer has quality in his voice he can almost always be helped to develop all the other necessary attributes.
I'm not a natural born performer.
When you're a performer, of course you want an audience, but it's very, very different from courting fame.
I know I'm a strong performer. I'm not an evolved musician.
I was never a child actor. I was a child performer.
My primary instinct as an actor is not the big transformation. It's thrilling if a performer can do that well, but that's not me. Often with actors, it's a case of witnessing a big party piece but wondering afterwards, where's the substance?
If it's total freedom, I guess the ultimate thing you can go into is total silence between the audience and performer, with the performer projecting something he doesn't even have to play.
You know the circus performer who spins the plates in the air you know, and he'll spin six or seven plates in the air? Acting sometimes is kind of that guy spinning all those plates in the air but in your head and in your body.
Philip Seymour Hoffman
It took time to really build myself a reputation as a good live performer, a musician and an artist.
I want to be safe in the knowledge that I can tour and play festivals for a long time. The main thing is that I want a good reputation as a live performer. If I have that, I'd be so happy.
More than an actor, I am a performer... I'm a great believer - honestly so, shamelessly so, vulgarly so - that cinema is for entertainment. If you want to send messages, there's the postal service.
The ultimate sin of any performer is contempt for the audience.
My dad is a Jack Nicholson lookalike and a frustrated performer, my mother's into reading and poetry. I suppose the thing I owe them most is my confidence.
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