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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, February 01, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 13',
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"NO ROSY PATH IN MOVIES,"
SAYS ANITA KING
Here is Miss Anita King's advice to
girls who want to "break into" the
motion picture profession, given dur
ing the course of a pufilic reception
in Seattle, Wash., by the Lasky-Par-amount
pet to hundreds of admirers:
"Perseverance, ability, self-confidence
these come first
"Getting into the photoplay world
has no path of roses.
"Once in a while and that only
in cases of well-known actors does
one have an easy time of it
"But the greater majority by far
have had to await their turn at the
studios for days and days, that ran
into Weeks and. months, before they
could even see the director,
"Sometimes the assistant will take
your name, address and photo imme
diately. He'll tell you he'll let you
know in a few days.
"He forgets. He's a busy man. You
"That is fatal Discouragement
has no place in this game.
"You must persevere. You must
not let him forget You must get
your chance for an interview with
the director. It may take months.
But if you think you have it in you,
you must keep right on asking for
that interview. And then, when you
get it, that is only the beginning. The
director is from Missouri, and he
doesn'twait long to be shown.
"If you are anxious to get into pho
toplay work, be sure of yourself. You
must have supreme confidence in
your ability. Then arm yourself with
a lot of patience.
"Another question asked: 'Is it
safe for a young girl' to enter the
"That mostly depends upon the girl
herself, as it does in any other line of
work. In the studios she is given the
same care as in her own home. .
"In the Lasky-Paramount studios,
we have what we call a studio mo
ther, who occupies the same posi
tion as a house mother in a sorority
house at the university.
"A pretty face isn't necessarily a
prime requisite in photoplays. Many
pretty faces do not photograph well,
for one thing. The greatest asset is
personality. Somehow, personality
asserts itself in the films as well as
in direct relations between people."
ACCOUNTING FOR A LITERARY
"The curious thing about American
literature to me," said the Visiting
Critic, "is the large number of 6ne
story men produced in this country
who never go further."
"It is easily accounted for," said
the Local Critic. "We always send
our second-story men to jail if we can
catch '-em," New York, Tunes,