Emilia Clarke got her big break by joining the cast of the hit show Game Of Thrones. But it was not by doing ‘just’ what was required. She wanted to make sure her impression was long lasting, so being hungry and bold, she asked the hiring directors if there was anything else she could possibly do to get the part to which they asked her to do a dance. Apparently her funky chicken dance gave some solidifying confidence for her to get the part. It showed character, humour and more importantly, an ambitious attitude.
Let’s rewind back to where the fire in her heart began. Emilia has been passionate about drama and acting since she was 3 years old. And it all started when she was taken to see the musical called “Show Boat”, in which her father worked behind the scene as a sound engineer. She clearly recalls that as a lasting moment that defined her early childhood choice to become an actress. That’s what you call definiteness of purpose, she ‘knew’ that was her calling and she didn’t question it – she pursued it!
“When I told my dad I wanted to be an actress, he replied that there was only one line I needed to learn: ‘Do you want fries with that?'”
She would go on to attend St Edwards School of Oxford, where she took part in a few school plays. Eventually after graduation, she went on to continue her studies at a prestigious school at the Drama Centre London where many actors/actresses have attended such as Pierce Brosnan and Colin Firth. During her mastering of the arts she appeared in about 10 different plays.
Upon graduating from college, nothing would come easy for her. She worked 3 to 6 different jobs just to make ends meet and she unsuccessfully auditioned for a role in Captain America.
“I told my parents I wanted to be an actor and they were getting ready for a life of unemployment so they’re just happy I’m in work!”
#MoralOfTheStory: Go after your passions, and let failure motivate you to keep striving. Never give up along the way, especially if you absolutely love what you’re doing.
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