Act Now

Born with dwarfism

Peter Dinklage was born with achondroplasia, a common form of dwarfism.  He is only 1.35m tall and he once felt upset about it.  When he grew up, he started to learn to control the feelings.

Struggling at early jobs

From the early age, Dinklage wanted to be an actor.  He attended Bennington College to learn about drama.  After graduation, he struggled to find an actor job.  Instead ,he found other jobs for living, one of which was working in data processing company where he felt stuck in.  He was afraid to make changes.

Commit at 29

When Dinklage was 29, he decided to walk out of his original job and pursued his dream as an actor in full time.  He started as a low paying theater job.  With the help of the same writer, he then started his career in movie, then later on TV shows.

His hard works earns everyone applauds.  Since 2011, Dinklage has portrayed Tyrion Lannister in the HBO series Game of Thrones, for which he received multiple rewards in the awards such as Emmy, Golden Globe.  Now, he is one the highest paid actors on television.


He gave a speech at the Bennington College in 2012, inspiring the graduates to go after their dreams.  “Don’t wait, show it and do it.  Ever tried, ever failed, no matter, try again, fail again, fail better”.



Just try not to wait until like me, you’re 29 before you find it.

I didn’t want a “day job”.  I was an actor. I was a writer.  I was a Bennington graduate.  I had to get a day job.  I dusted piano at a piano store on Ludlow Street for five months.  I worked on the property of a Shakespearean Scholar for a year, pulling weeds and removing bees nests.

After 2-year job and couch surfing, I got a job in application processing as a data enterer and I stayed for 6 years.

I hated that job, and I clung to that job.

When I was 29, I told myself, the next acting job I get, no matter what it pays, I will, from now on, for better or worse, be a working actor

At 29, walking away from data processing.  I was terrified.

Ten years in a place without heat, six years at a job I felt stuck in.

Maybe I was afraid of change.

But something good happened, I got a low paying theater job in a play called “Imperfect Love”, which led to a film called “13 Moons”, with the same writer, which led to other roles, which led to other roles, and I’ve worked as an actor ever since.

The moments that define you have already happened, and they will already happen again.

The world might say you are not allowed to yet. I waited a long time out in the world before I gave myself permission to fail.

Please, don’t even bother asking. Don’t bothering telling the world you are ready.  Show it.  Do it.

What did Beckett say:

Ever tried, ever failed, no matter, try again, fail again, fail better

The world is yours.


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