Harrison Ford
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"Never be caught with the idea that you can imitate someone else's success."

Harrison Ford is an American actor and also a film producer.  While he has starred in many movies, he is probably best known for playing Han Solo in the Star Wars  trilogy, and Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark and the other films of that popular series.

Even though both his parents were former actors, Harrison Ford showed no interest in drama.  It was only at the end of his final year of school, when he took a drama lesson to overcome his shyness, that he became fascinated with acting.

For many years he worked in minor roles in films, and also worked as a carpenter.  George Lucas, the mastermind behind Star Wars, employed him to do some carpentry, and this led to him being employed to read lines for other actors auditioning for Star Wars.  Harrison Ford ended up winning the role of Han Solo, and became famous.

He has been nominated for an Academy Award, and has also received Golden Globe awards and the AFI Life Achievement Award.

Here is his brief but sensible advice to young actors ...

Transcript (what is said in the video)

The only advice I've ever offered young actors is to try and figure out how to do it for yourself.  Never be caught with the idea that you can imitate someone else's success.  As much as you might admire what someone else does, don't try and imitate that.  Find your own way. Find your own voice.  Find your own feelings ...and that will give you a unique opportunity.