Many people want to become actors but there are very few that become successful in this industry. Acting is a demanding career choice. The stress can be high when your first starting out. You have a lot of uncertainty and unknown. You want to be able to do what you love but need to be able to make a living. Becoming an actor has its ups and downs but it’s completely possible.

There are so many great Canadian actors you can look up to and follow their story. It’s motivating to see how other actors became successful. A lot of other actors have had a lot of challenges working their way to fame. They've also had the same qualities such as hard work and determination. There are going to be days when you feel like giving up or unmotivated. These are the days you should learn about other actors' stories to get back to being inspired. It’s not an easy road to becoming an actor.

A lot of Canadian actors have been through a lot to be where they are today. One of Canada's most famous actors Jim Carrey shows us the uphill battle he had to face while making it to fame. Learn about Jim Carrey's struggles and triumphs and use it as motivation for your own story.

Jim Carrey.Photo credit: twm1340 on Visualhunt / CC BY-SA
Jim Carrey.Photo credit: twm1340 on Visualhunt / CC BY-SA

Jim Carey

Most people know the name Jim Carrey, but his real name is James Eugen Carrey. He was born on January 17, 1962, in Newmarket, Ontario Canada. He’s one of Canada's most famous actors as well as a comedian. Jim was only 15 years when started doing stand-up. This was his first appearance in the spotlight. Throughout his years he was working at a factory as a janitor until 1979. He had the opportunity to open for Ronny Dangerfield and Buddy Hackett on tour. He started being able to make a living from being a comedian.

It wasn’t until 1983 Jim Carrey went to Hollywood to see if he could make it as an actor. He starred in a movie called Introducing Janet and also appeared in numerous tv programs. In 1991 he had a regular role on t.v for Living colour. Jim Carrey since then starred in numerous movies. His first big movie was Ace Ventura: Pet detective in 1998.

Jim Carrey is known for his wacky performances. He has his unique style and you can tell just how unique when he's on-screen. Jim’s also known for method acting. He takes the real role of the characters he's playing. In 1999 Jim filmed Man on the Moon. He played Andy Kaufman who was the story of Man on the Moon. Jim Carrey didn’t break character for 4 months. He impersonated Andy on and off the screen. Netflix recently released a documentary Jim and Andy: The Great Beyond which showcased Jim's Carrey performance on and off the screen. Nobody’s ever been able to see someone commit so much to one character for so long.

Jim Carrey was known for being silly and making wacky faces on screen, but Jim’s also done some amazing serious acting in movies like Man on the Moon and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Both of these movies received high ratings from fans. Jim’s a talented actor who is capable of playing all roles.

Jim Carrey dancing. Photo credit: MattCC716 on VisualHunt / CC BY-SA
Jim Carrey dancing. Photo credit: MattCC716 on VisualHunt / CC BY-SA

What Can We Learn from Jim Carrey?

Becoming an actor or comedian takes a lot of commitment. Jim Carrey never gave up on his dreams despite all the hardships he had. Jim had to support his family at a young age. He couldn't just pursue stand up he had to go out and work a regular job. Jim often had to work 8 hours, focus on school and practice to be a comedian. Jim Carrey had an emotional uphill battle but he was able to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Jim Carrey stayed committed throughout his struggles. This is because of his passion for acting and a lot of hard work.

Often we can doubt ourselves in our abilities, whether you don't get an acting part, or get bad feedback. It can be discouraging and you can get down on yourself. Jim Carrey supports the idea of visualizing success and believing in yourself. Before Jim had a successful career he wrote himself a check for 10 million dollars and dated it for Thanksgiving 1995.

Amazingly enough, Jim Carrey in 1995 made around 10 million dollars for Dumb and Dumber. If you want to become an actor you have to believe in yourself. We're not saying write a 10 million dollar check for yourself, but you need to believe you can be a great actor. Jim Carrey knew he was destined to be in the spotlight and be a great Canadian actor.

Jim Carrey on Stage. Photo credit: Bigotes de Gato | Fotografía on Visualhunt / CC BY-SA
Jim Carrey on Stage. Photo credit: Bigotes de Gato | Fotografía on Visualhunt / CC BY-SA

What’s Next for Jim Carrey?

Jim Carrey has certainly had an excelling acting and comedic career. He’s done 100s of stand up shows as well as 100s of movies. Jim has slowed down in the Hollywood scene since 2017. He admitted he didn't have the same passion for acting as he once did. Jim also has a lot of other things on his mind.

Jim's career isn't over. He’s recently starred in Sonic and has his show called Kidding.  Jim has also found other areas of interest besides acting. In 2016 he started painting. He loves being able to express his feelings through his artwork. Jim was able to showcase his work in 2018 in an art show. Jim Carrey will continue to do great things. We're hoping his next big movie showcases his great talent as an actor no matter what role he is playing in. Whatever Jim is up to next we're confident everyone will love it.

Start Acting Today!

Becoming an actor can be an uphill battle, but that battle isn't for nothing. If you want to become a great actor you need to stay committed. Lots of people pursue acting, but so many fail to become successful. Learning from other actors you can find the motivation and determination you need to have to continue. If there's only one thing you can take away from Jim Carrey, it is to believe in yourself. You need to be able to picture yourself at the top. If you're unsure of your potential you've already lost. Write yourself a check or do something different but you need to visualize your success.

Aside from hard work and determination, you need to have the right acting skills. Your acting skills will see you apart from other actors. You'll be the easy choice next time you have an audition. Taking acting classes can help you gain the skills you need to become a better actor. Superprof has 100s of acting coaches all over Canada that are ready to help you. They have the experience and knowledge to help you become the best actor you can. Supeperprof also offers lessons in person and online giving you the freedom and flexibility to learn acting when you want to learn.

Learning about the actor's successes and failures can help you in your journey to becoming an actor. It won't necessarily be an easy journey, but knowing about other people who went through the same thing can help you. If you want to learn more about other Canadian actors you can check our articles about Ryan Reynolds, Rachel McAdams and Kristen Kreuk. You can also check out our article Famous Canadian Actors to learn more.

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