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How to Build Your Empire: Lessons Learned from Raising Hope’s Martha Plimpton


Candy WashingtonAfter a productive trip to Los Angeles (more on that later in an article to come), I was on the hunt for some guidance, inspiration, and direction. I decided to read through some old notebooks and came across some notes from a SAG-AFTRA Conversations series, which are evenings with screenings and Q&A sessions with established actors. This particular night’s event was with famed Martha Plimpton from “Raising Hope” and “The Goonies.”

After reading through the notes from the session, I found the inspiration that I was looking for and wanted to share her words of wisdom with you all. Hope you find them inspiring and useful as well.

What I learned from Martha Plimpton:

  • You should have no fear when you walk into the audition room – they usually know who they want even before you open your mouth
  • Be off-book during your auditions and that will eliminate anxiety
  • You must be open, willing, and positive in order to grow as a person as a well an actor
  • The only rule in acting is to commit
  • Make your priority being able to have the option to keep acting rather than fame, wealth, or success
  • Take yourself seriously as an actor – that will free you to be able to not take yourself too seriously in the long run, because you are a professional and your profession isn’t tied to your identity
  • Advice is useless, direction is powerful
  • You never get to where you are going, they are only points of disembarkation – learn that you never ‘arrive’ and that will give you the freedom to explore

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About Candy Washington

Actor, producer, entertainment, and fashion expert and This is Candy Washington founder, Candy Washington is a highly sought-after resource for her witty, trendy, and always entertaining style, pop culture, and acting expertise. Candy has interviewed top industry influencers including NBC’s Today Show’s style expert Bobbie Thomas, NBC’s Fashion Star winner Kara Laricks, Teen Vogue’s Eva Chen, NBC's Dancing with the Star’s Dean Banowetz, ABC’s fashion expert Lilliana Vazquez, and Bravo's The Real Housewives of New York’s Jill Zarin, and has appeared on ABC 7 as a film and entertainment expert. She was profiled Cision, the industry’s go-to standard for media professionals and is also a brand ambassador for Style in View. Additionally, she has acted in numerous films and television shows, such as Ice Cube produced, Are We There Yet? and Eggs Over Easy that premiered at The New Orleans Films Festival. Candy is a graduate of Georgetown University.