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20 Magnificent Jimmy Smits Quotes

Jimmy Smits is an American actor, best known for his roles on L.A. Law and NYPD Blue. With several roles in the Box Office films, ‘Rogue One,’ Smits attended Brooklyn College and Cornell University. Here is a look at some of the most notable Jimmy Smits quotes that will encourage you.

“Celebrity hits like a bomb.”

“For minority actors, developing our own projects has to be the eventual path. We have a lot of stories to tell and a really unique voice. But none of that is going to be heard as long as we’re just the hired hands, acting.”

“I am a firm believer in education and have worked very hard to tell young Latinos that they must go to college and that, if possible, they should pursue an advanced degree. I am convinced that education is the great equalizer.”

“I like the gypsy aspect of this business.”

“I never thought television would or could be a long-term commitment.”

“If you’re afraid to live your life in a glass bubble, how can you do what we do in this industry?”

“I’m always sitting down and talking to people that are doing independent features. It depends on the project and the quotient of the people that are involved.”

“I’m an actor. I love to act. That’s my job. I’ll leave the politicking to others.”

“In my college years, I worked as a union labor organizer. I was just one of the many workers trying to do my part to help the community.”

“It’s great to be able to play the bad guy role because you always get a lot to do, but I’m always looking at the why. How does a person get to that particular point?”

“It’s less about the physical training, in the end, than it is about the mental preparation: boxing is a chess game. You have to be skilled enough and have trained hard enough to know how many different ways you can counterattack in any situation, at any moment.”

“I’ve been in California for about 15 years now. You’re always in your car and insulated. I miss New York so much.”

“I’ve been very lucky to work on a wide variety of projects, including two long-run and top-10 dramatic television shows. That is why it is so important to offer a helping hand to the next generation of young Latinos coming up behind me.”

“Just give me a good role that allows me to hone my craft, and I am a pretty happy camper.”

“People don’t walk around thinking of themselves as bad people. You’re part of the environment that you grow up in, and there can be decency in that.”

“There are a lot of doors that still get shut, and there are a lot of walls to still breach. But, the stuff that does come across to me, or that I hear about or read about, that I’m willing to go out there and fight for, I still have to go audition.”

“There are no right and wrong ways to work in this business, but there are some basic common-sense practices. Work very, very hard and always be prepared; never give up; and once you get the job, give them more than they ever expected: – Shine!”

“There’s something so familial and intimate between a boxer and his trainer.”

“You have to be like a sponge and use what you can and how it relates because TV is fluid. Things change on a week-to-week basis. Those are the things that I do with every character.”

“You have to find what makes you stable in the storm. Then, no matter what’s happening round you, no matter what the hype or the publicity, you can still manage to make leaps in your work as an artist.”

Here is an interview with Jimmy Smits as he discusses growing up across New York City and his rise to fame on television.

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