Actress Sarah Paulson’s Inspiring Advice To Young Dreamers In Entertainment

Those in the world of entertainment aren’t obligated to share their stories of success when they make it to the top, but when they decide to pass on great advice, it is wise to take heed.

Actress Sarah Paulson, who got her first big major role just 3 years ago, playing Mrs. Epps, the wife of a plantation slave owner, in 12 Years A Slave , spoke with GQ on not succeeding too early in your chosen career field and enjoying the journey along the way.

GREAT THINGS take time in which Paulson explained, ‘If my career had turned out like the fantasy I had of what it was going to be, it would never have made me happy. But I couldn’t have known that until it didn’t happen. I found a success that is so much bigger and deeper and better, and it’s because it happened later. ”

Paulson was featured in movies like Held Up, a 1999 comedy starring Jamie Fox and Nia Long, What Women Want(2000), with Actor Mel Gibson, Down With Love (2003), and Carol (2015) playing very small roles.

In the past few years you may have noticed Paulson as the character Meryln Temple in American Gothic, or even remembering her playing multi-characters in FX’s American Horror Story. Most recently Sarah Paulson received an Emmy Award for Best Actress with her performance as Marcia Clark in ‘American Crime Story :The People V. Oj Simpson.’

Paulson also brought along the real Marcia Clark, who was the prosecutor during the 1993 OJ Simpson murder trial as her plus one to the Emmy Awards.

The 41-year-old actress told GQ Magazine, ‘If any of what I’m having happen now—the successes—would have happened to me when I was younger, I would have been ruined. Because when you’re young, and things come super easily to you, and you have success right out of the gate, you’re liable to think that’s how it actually works. You start to think you don’t need to be fully prepared or committed to have these things meet you’.

Without hard work , determination, and the struggle, as humans we tend to take dreams that are without any effort for granted. Paulson shares on how she pulled through during years when she didn’t receive any work or bookings for roles.

‘I muscled a lot of what I’ve achieved by sheer force of will and relentless determination. And I wasn’t hearing a lot of “Everything’s going to be fine. You’re going to have everything you want.” I would get one job, and then I wouldn’t work again for two years. Or I would get one great job, and it would very quickly become a nothing thing, or I would lose it last minute to someone who then went on to win the Oscar. To me, I “made” it when I got the part in 12 Years a Slave and played a really hideous woman in an unapologetic way’

Check out more career advice Sarah Paulson told Journalist Clay Skipper inside GQ below!

Take the Road That Doesn’t Lead to Julia Roberts

There was a time when I believed if I was going to be successful, it was going to look like a particular thing. And that particular thing was Julia Roberts. I was young and wanted to be an actress, and success meant being an enormous mega-movie star. It had to look like the trajectory of the actors around me. I thought, “Oh, I want to do what they do,” and that blinded me to the things I could do. I was so busy wanting to be Julia Roberts that it never occurred to me that my career could be something else. And that it could be equally rich, and—the most important thing—it would be mine, whatever it was.

True Success Is: Naps

There was a time in my career when I never, ever would have said no to something—whether it was a role or whether it was doing whatever it took to get into the Limelight on a Saturday night. (I’m so dating myself, but that is true: I tried to get into the Limelight in New York City—or Nell’s or Don Hill’s or whatever the hell was the thing to do at the time.) I was just so desperate to have a job, to be anointed as a cool person, so scared of being forgotten. And so, at this moment, my idea of success is being able to say, “I’m not going to play that part because it doesn’t speak to me” or “It’s my day off, and I’m not going to go do that thing. I’m going to take a nap and read a book.”

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