“Don’t Wait”: Peter Dinklage’s Epic Speech Inspires Actors

“Don’t Wait”: Peter Dinklage’s Epic Speech Inspires Actors

Peter Dinklage may now be internationally recognised for his incredible performances playing the role of Game of Thrones’ Tyrion Lannister, but the actor explains it was not an easy road to get there. His career enabled him to deliver great inspiration through his 2012 commencement speech for Bennington College. Aspiring actors overwhelmed with career obstacles, rejection, and slow progress should head his invaluable advice.

The award-winning performer explains that he got a late start in his career, starting with a low-paying theater job at the age of 29 in the play, “Imperfect Love”, which he says led to many other roles. He advises against searching for defining moments in life because, firstly, you will never find them. Dinklage adds that the moments that define you have already happened and “will already happen again”.

“Don’t wait til they tell you, you are ready,” says the actor. “The world might say you’re not to yet. I waited a long time out in the world before I gave myself permission to fail.”

Dinklage discourages telling the world when you are ready. Rather, he recommends just straight showing the world you are ready – actually doing it instead of talking about it. We will all get derailed at times, but it is important not to give up, he says.

“Raise the rest of your life to meet you,” the actor explains.

He closed with poignant words to live by that come from the renowned writer, Samuel Beckett: “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.”