Baseball is the only field of endeavor where a man can succeed three times out of ten and be considered a good performer.
All the best performers bring to their role something more, something different than what the author put on paper. That's what makes theatre live. That's why it persists.
Bands today have to learn their craft by putting the hard work in that we did when we were young performers.
Music is at once the product of feeling and knowledge.
Actors and magicians are both performers and they represent things that are not necessarily who they are.
We have all, at one time or another, been performers, and many of us still are - politicians, playboys, cardinals and kings.
Regardless of who originally made it popular, any hit song becomes a challenge to the ingenuity and imagination of other musicians and performers.
I like performers who I know are for real. You can tell, man, there's an intensity about their stuff. You can tell right away they're real people, ya know?
I think that standup has always been an acquired taste and there was always only a handful of performers that were really inspired.
We aren't people who believe that just because we're performers our opinions on everything need to be known.
I still insist that American performers are the best performers in the world.
Canadians send us great hockey players. You also send us wonderful performers, from the beginning, with Mary Pickford.
If you don't get feedback from your performers and your audience, you're going to be working in a vacuum.
But then, so far as I know, I am the only performer who ever pledged his assistants to secrecy, honor and allegiance under a notarial oath.
That's why I never took this business too seriously, thinking I was something special, when I knew the truly great performers in motion pictures. pictures.
I had been on tour with people like Roy Orbison. I knew Bobby Darin, Sam Cooke. So many great performers.
Performers like Tommy Cooper, who are always getting things wrong, are much more endearing than comedians who are sassy and smart.
While I don't script and I don't use other performers, I think my taste for underlying precision gives me something in common with Allan and George Brecht.
I got to sit down with people who I admired, and have conversations with some of the greatest thinkers and artists and performers. It's a huge privilege for me to be a journalist.
But a large symphony orchestra basically is a repertory company and it has a very enormous repertoire and it is important for the performers to be able to know how to shift focus so that they instantly become part of the sound world that a particular repertoire demands.
Sammy Davis, I backed him up. I used to study him every night. I saw how great performers worked and was able to incorporate a little bit from the best.
I feel that the work that I have done in the comedy arena, is priceless in terms of what I learned, timing, everything that these incredibly talented performers were generous enough in teaching me.
That is the godawful thing about television today. Performers don't have any place to hit and miss. You're either in or you're out; you don't have a chance to become good at your craft. If you make three pictures in a row and they don't go over, you're out of the business.
Originally a record producer more or less hired a bunch of professionals to participate in a recording session, the performers and the technicians, and a music director was put in charge. That directly related to a film producer's job.
No performer should attempt to bite off red-hot iron unless he has a good set of teeth.
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