Monday, August 19, 2013

Kirk Douglas On Rejection

I was excited about my first acting venture. My agent sent me to the apartment of Mae West. Most young people today don't remember her. She was a diva who traveled all over the world in a stage show with six adoring males. At the appointed time, 7:00 in the evening, I went to her apartment and was ushered into the living room. I found about ten good-looking guys also waiting for the audition. Mae West sashayed down the staircase. She was, surprisingly, a small woman walking on dangerously high heels. She looked around at the applicants. I was the first one to be rejected.
I withstood many more rejections, but finally I got a part in the play The Wind is Ninety. The New York Times critic said, "Kirk Douglas was nothing short of superb." That night in bed I poked my wife in her ribs, "Nothing! Why did he say 'nothing'? Why didn't he just say, Kirk Douglas was superb?" It takes me a long time to get over rejection

(from On Rejection).

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this posted by David August at 4:06 PM 

comments: God that is so true! Even we are being praised as actors, it is hard to focus on the part where we just don't feel good enough. Sad.

# posted by Anonymous SecretActress : 1:04 PM  

@SecretActress We can do this. It's kind of what we do. At some point, hope we'll work together, if we haven't already.

# posted by Blogger David August : 3:19 PM  

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