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Jenna Fischer Quotes

Regina Marie Jenna Fischer

Jenna Fischer quotes: Pam Beesly breaks it all down for us.

“All of us have bad luck and good luck. The man who persists through the bad luck—who keeps right on going—is the man who is there when the good luck comes, and is ready to receive it.”

“Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”

“You can’t control all of your opportunities, but you can control your readiness. Spend 80% of your time on the readiness and 20% of your time on the opportunities. Eventually they will come and you will be ready.”

“Conquer your fears. Just go after what you want and act fast, because life just isn’t that long.”

“You are enough. How you are is enough. You don’t need to pretend to be someone else. You don’t need to lose weight or gain weight or dress a certain way or be a certain way because the most interesting people to watch are the people who are being like a fully expressed authentic version of themselves and you create a niche and then you fill it. That is really my advice: don’t go into an agent’s office thinking you have to be what they want you to be. The more self-realized you can be, I think the more expressive you can be.”

“Be willing to work for nothing in things you think are stupid. Make work for yourself. Make your own luck. Don’t complain. Hopefully, the work will find you if you are ready.”

“My big piece of advice is to create your own work. That can be in the form of anything.”

“I think anything I would tell my younger self, my younger self wouldn’t listen to anyway. But I would probably say the same thing my mother told me… which was, ‘Everything’s gonna be okay. You’ve got this. You don’t have to stress or worry, you don’t have to take anything too seriously.'”

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”

“I had a teacher who said something great. That was, ‘Go out and collect your nos. Once you get 50 nos then you can start wondering when you can get a yes.’ He said, ‘It is not your job to get the job; it’s your job to do a consistent body of work. So, every time you go in there, just go in there and be consistent, and eventually it will get noticed and someone will hire you.'”

“My folks are very grounded, normal people, and I wasn’t raised in the entertainment industry. I just grew up in St. Louis, Missouri, in a very normal family. I wasn’t a child actor or anything like that.”

“Growing up, I was a very shy, wallflower type. I was not a nerd, but not popular. I was just invisible, like that person you probably didn’t know you were in school with.”

“My background can be an inspiration. No Hollywood relatives, just working hard and, maybe, getting a bit lucky.”

“I went to a little liberal arts college in Missouri called Truman State University. I didn’t want to go to college. I wanted to move to Los Angeles right out of high school.”

“From a very young age, I inherently knew I had to follow my bliss. I get things stuck in my craw. I find a way to make them happen somehow. I’m often most inspired by stories of people who just wait everyone else out and wear them down. That’s sort of my way of going through.”

“I knew I wanted to be an actor, and I didn’t necessarily need or want to be famous or a celebrity actor. But I wanted to be somewhere where there would be no ceiling on what I could accomplish, and I felt like if I stayed in St. Louis I might have a really great regional theater career or something, but that I wasn’t going to be able to get much further than that.”

“I studied theater in college, and I really wanted to be an actress and play a lot of different roles. Then I made landing on a television comedy my main focus. But when you become an actress, you want to play a variety of things.”

“Sometimes acting is really cool because it forces you to exercise certain muscles in your personality that you wouldn’t normally be called upon in life.”

“The single best thing an actor can do, both professionally and personally, is to create their own work.”

“Every project you finish has value.”

“I have all these other roles that feed my life in a deep and meaningful way. I have a lot of things to fall back on that give me pleasure. But I think that also just comes with life maturity.”

“I’m a very thoughtful, forward-thinking, planner kind of person. I’m a lover of lists and five-year plans and Excel spreadsheets. Any way that I can have any control over the direction my life is going, I gravitate towards that. I love to review every year how my New Year’s resolutions went.”

“When I’m writing my blog, I think of myself at 13 years old, back in St. Louis, daydreaming about Hollywood.”

“I think that there is a tragic misfit at the core of me, and I’ve just done a lot of work on myself. I love a good self-help book; I’ve read a ton of them. I love self-help seminars and therapy and all that. I think that probably, at my core, if I had done no work on myself, I would probably be Laura from The Mysteries Of Laura, but I worked hard to be a more stable person because that’s what I wanted out of my life.”

“With The Office they said, ‘We don’t want anyone we recognize, so give us unknown actors,’ and I think that was the break that I needed. Because I went in and I got the role.”

“The journey to becoming a working actor is a long and difficult one that requires a lot of hard work and perseverance. But it also requires something more obscure and out of your control: luck.”

“I’ve been really lucky.”

“I’m really spoiled. I laugh a lot, in my day.”

“My passion is my family. I love being a homemaker.”

“I’m very pragmatic about my work choices now. I really balance my ambition as an actress with my ambition as a parent, and I know a lot of people when they become parents they make different choices in their jobs. This is a lesson I learned from my dad. He turned down a lot of work opportunities that would have taken the family on the road or meant that we were moving all the time. I want to emulate that in my life. I want to be making choices that continue, even though this is a crazy business, to create stability and consistency in my children’s lives. So, I don’t take jobs that require me to be gone or require them to move and go to a new school. That means that there are fewer jobs that I’m eligible for because of my own rules.”

“It’s so funny because I think there’s the perception that every famous woman has a driver and a chef and a personal trainer and a nanny. I don’t have any of those things. Like other working moms, I’m trying to figure out how to balance it all.”

“I admit I’m fortunate to have steady work, health insurance and a paycheck. I’m just trying to figure out how to do it all myself.”

“I had really underestimated what I was capable of because… I thought I needed things that I didn’t really need. I want nine hours of sleep, but it turns out I don’t need it!”

“Be strong. Trust yourself. Love yourself.”

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