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I will always have a career.
by Joan Chen

I will always have a career.
I believe in working.
I don't believe that taking care of your house and
children is enough for a woman.
You don't feel complete.
- Joan Chen

All teenagers have this desire to somehow run away.
- Joan Chen

My fairy-tale life ended the moment I wanted to apply for a passport.
- Joan Chen

I would never offer advice without the person asking for it.
I, in general, don't believe in giving advice,
actually, as a human being I don't.
- Joan Chen

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I never went on an audition - when they were really looking at everybody.
- Joan Chen

How I was raised is what I am today.
- Joan Chen

Acting for me is not a bad habit like smoking that
I must make an effort to quit.
I love acting; I love directing.
- Joan Chen

 

The lowest budget U.S.
films are ten times times better than shooting in Tibet.
- Joan Chen

The difference between me and American-born actors
is that I came here with the expectation of not being treated fairly.
- Joan Chen

I don't want to tell people what I make.
It's a lot more than I ever dreamed of as a kid.
I never think about it.
- Joan Chen

I know what actors fear, what they like;
I know how to get things out of them and I listen to them better,
since I've been there.
- Joan Chen

I don't find intimate scenes more difficult than other scenes.
- Joan Chen

All Asian parents are into your children having a respectable,
decent stable job.
Acting was unimaginable to my parents.
- Joan Chen

As an actress I find the most enjoyable part of acting
is really just to please the director.
I just want to please my director.
- Joan Chen

When you feel so strongly about something and other
people feel equally strongly,
you have to feel stronger about it in order to succeed.
- Joan Chen

There is no theoretical study of motherhood.
You know, before I became a mother, I did play a mother,
but I was like - I was more thinking of my own mother.
I was doing my mother.
- Joan Chen

If you know how to do a job very well,
you keep doing it.
- Joan Chen

For the past few years, I was the more visible Asian performer,
and I think it gave young girls a kind of role model
showing it's possible to actually reach success doing movies.
- Joan Chen

Acting is actually private.
- Joan Chen

The romantic love we feel toward the opposite sex is
probably one extra help from God to bring you together,
but that's it.
All the rest of it, the true love, is the test.
- Joan Chen

Physical hunger and physical poverty is something I could only imagine.
I've been poor when I was in China...
As kids we never had to starve, but just didn't have enough meat,
enough rice.
- Joan Chen

There are many ways you can make money.
Certain ways will make you happy, certain other ways
will make other people happy.
But if you go in because there's money in there,
you're bound to fail, bound to fail!
- Joan Chen

There are a lot of stereotypes to be broken which I
think a lot of us are doing.
What I do is, as soon as people try to pin me down to one kind of part,
I'll play a very different kind of role,
so it explodes that stereotype.
- Joan Chen

How do you explain certain physical qualities that
somehow sell on screen? You're born with it...
Certain people are just more watchable,
and I was more watchable, but I don't think I understood
acting or drama very well when I was a kid.
- Joan Chen

Beauty is the result of having been through an experience
all the way through to the end -
therefore it has a poignancy.
Beauty that is singular always comes from following
an experience to the point where you can go no further.
- Joan Chen

You should not confuse your career with your life.
- Dave Barry

Many important things shouldn't be done half-way.
Think of getting married, having children,
starting a business, changing your career.
There are times to gather your courage
and make the leap, the whole leap.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Choose love. Choose to release all resentments.
Forgive everyone. Choose to release all regrets.
Forgive yourself for all decisions that you have ever made
that didn't work out as you hoped.
Forgive yourself for any financial decisions
that didn't meet your expectations.
Release your regrets if you choose
the "wrong" spouse or the "wrong" career.
Today, choose love.
Choose to love yourself.
Choose to love your life.
Choose to love all the friends, family, co-workers,
acquaintances, and others who share your life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The secret to a joyful life is Simplicity -
saying NO to the latest this and the most glamorous that -
saying NO to chasing an overly-demanding career -
saying NO to the stressful demands upon your time and energy.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If you don't enjoy your career,
today is the day to begin a long-term plan
for creating a career that interests and excites you.
And, in the short term, even if you hate your job,
look for small joys at work each day,
perhaps in your interactions with customers and co-workers.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Nobody ever asks a father how he manages to combine marriage and a career.
- Sam Ewing

If the career you have chosen has some unexpected inconvenience,
console yourself by reflecting that no career is without them.
- Jane Fonda

The career of a sage is of two kinds:
He is either honored by all in the world,
Like a flower waving its head,
Or else he disappears into the silent forest.
- Lao Tzu

Clearly, society has a tremendous stake in insisting
on a woman's natural fitness for the career of mother:
the alternatives are all too expensive.
- Ann Oakley

Food, love, career, and mothers, the four major guilt groups.
- Cathy Guisewite

I wasn't very good about juggling family and my career.
I was interested in who was coming to the children's birthday party,
what my son was writing.
I was thinking about Legos.
- Jill Clayburgh

Both my mother and father were very supportive of any
career move any of us wanted to make.
- James Gandolfini

The highlight of my career? The Olympics,
of course.
- Tara Lipinski

Peter Ustinov was the first really positive influence in my career.
He was real and he bore witness to it.
The things he said to you, he lived them.
- Terence Stamp

We expected to have a good time with Clive Davis 'cause I've always liked him,
his shows.
I've sort of followed his career a bit 'cause he had
a lot of that on PBS over here.
- Maurice Gibb

I have been typecast in my career, although the type
changes with the decades.
- Paul Hirsch

Having designed and built several clocks during my
career it suddenly occurred to me that when you look
at the face of a clock both hands have the same center.
- Kit Williams

You know, I think I had a great career;
there's not much I think I'd do different other than
get a title shot much earlier.
I didn't get one till 49 or 50 fights into my career.
- Marvin Hagler

I wanted to be Anthony Hopkins and ended up being neither
a film star nor having a career on the stage.
- Dirk Benedict

If a band is really good and the chemistry is unique,
it should continue.
But I guess David is just very happy doing his solo career.
He's got a different band every time he goes out.
- Chris Frantz

I've had too lengthy a career and coached too many
players to make a choice.
- Chuck Daly

I realized a career is built as much on what you don't do as what you do do.
- Rose McGowan

Sinatra was the biggest influence on my life,
my singing career.
And rightly so.
I mean he was the best singer ever.
- James Darren

Minor league umpires are evaluated in their respective
leagues each year and rated numerically.
This enables umpires to know where they stand and helps
them make prudent career decisions.
- Jim Evans

Earlier on in my career I felt that I had to hide behind
a lot of different masks,
and showboat ways of performing.
Now, that's a lie.
The less I have to hide, the less I have to act.
- Thomas Jane

In Hungary, acting is a career for which one fits himself
as earnestly as one studies for a degree in medicine,
law, or philosophy.
- Bela Lugosi

I've been able to go on and have a successful career
on Broadway and certainly the last five years in Las Vegas have been amazing.
- David Cassidy

The true measure of a career is to be able to be content,
even proud, that you succeeded through your own endeavors
without leaving a trail of casualties in your wake.
- Alan Greenspan

Most of the early part of an actor's career,
you do the jobs you get.
- Jack Nicholson

The first essential in a boy's career is to find out what he's fitted for,
what he's most capable of doing and doing with a relish.
- Charles M. Schwab

It's quite a dangerous career move to go wilfully on
making films that may not find a distributor.
- John Hurt

And the sad truth is that nobody wants me to write comedy.
The Exorcist not only ended that career,
it expunged all memory of its existence.
- William Peter Blatty

Somewhere in your career, your work changes.
It becomes less anal, less careful and more spontaneous,
more to do with the information that your soul carries.
- Ben Kingsley

I have been enjoying my return to modeling.
That's where my career started many years ago.
- Rita Mero

I had a mixture, my father was a career army man and my mother was a writer.
- Bill Griffith

I was backstage in Paris and saw Cindy Crawford doing House Of Style.
I thought, I would love to to be in control of my career.
- Tyra Banks

Everybody told me to stay in Hollywood.
This was the place they said I could have a big career.
What they failed to mention was that no one would quite know what to do with me.
- Persis Khambatta

Mike Nichols asked if I would do The Birdcage.
Mike and I are dear friends but he had never offered
me a feature role in a movie.
My television career opened other doors for me.
- Christine Baranski

I'm very happy to have a small, long,
career instead of one big hit and then oblivion.
- Susannah McCorkle

I want the public to know that it will be an honor
for me to meet them and spend a few special moments
with all those who helped me through my filmed career.
- Tony Curtis

I had never thought of my career as going in the direction that it did,
as far as fan response was concerned.
- Robert Vaughn

I feel like it's important to use this gift God gave me,
my life and my career to do something to make the world a better place.
It's an easy thing for me to do.
- Martina McBride

It destroys the soul to hear that you're all hype,
that you have no talent, and that your whole career has been contrived.
- Freddie Mercury

Fans made me.
The fans gave me a chance, and they made me.
Beyond that, my career has been trials and tribulations and ups and downs,
so I have to have true fans riding with me.
- Puff Daddy

Dick Gregory was a great comedian who went and got arrested,
did hunger strikes, protests.
It never hurt his career to be outspoken.
- Joe Rogan

I don't know how I could have an acting career with this.
- Connie Sellecca


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