James Avery Quotes

  • Writing is such a singular and lonely occupation. And it's interesting; all of the work that you create is so singular.
  • Monetary success is not success. Career success is not success. Life, someone that loves you, giving to others, doing something that makes you feel complete and full. That is success. And it isn't dependent on anyone else.
  • The name of the show was 'The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,' not 'Philip and Viv of Bel-Air.' If you didn't want to walk away from the best job in the world over a petty issue, you accepted the way it was.
  • When you graduate and come out with a degree in drama, that doesn't mean you're skilled and you're a professional.
  • I don't understand this whole Twitter, Facebook stuff. I don't get it. Make a phone call. Talk to somebody.
  • What you find in the theatre is that if you're good, no matter what color you are, the audience will buy that - whoever you are.
  • Doing Shakespeare certainly makes you a better actor.
  • There's a specificity of language that's required in Shakespeare that most drama students in England deal with - a specificity of language that is somehow not as clear in a lot of American schools.
  • I did 'Othello' at the Oregon Shakes - I was at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival for two and a half years. That's where my training is.
  • I wanted to leave home, and I didn't know where I was going or what I was going to do or what would happen. That's youth, though. Being fixated on things. I was fixated on being a writer.
  • You can either be a movie star or an actor. I'm an actor.