What Tom Cruise Did To Make It
by David Carus
He has been called the biggest movie star in the world. He’s worked with every big name director and star in Hollywood. For decades his films have consistently generated millions at the box office. It’s safe to say the kind of success Tom Cruise has experienced is no fluke but instead the result of hard work. So what did he do to make it?
Tom Cruise didn’t come from elite Hollywood royalty. In fact, his family was poor, his parents divorced and his career path wasn’t easily laid out for him. When he decided to get into acting he wasn’t immediately handed the role of Maverick in Top Gun. There were lots of smaller roles to be played before he solidified himself as a star. His first big screen role was Billy the arsonist in the movie Endless Love and Cruise was only on screen for 47 seconds! Some actors might have been frustrated about getting so little screen time but Cruise decided to take his character and create as best he could with him so his 47 seconds would be memorable and they were! So much so that it helped him land his next role in the movie Taps.
Once again he was only supposed to play a minor part but after seeing how committed the actor was on set (he was out-marching the other cadets) Taps director Harold Becker gave Cruise a larger role. With it he established that he could play a killer, so much so that when he expressed interest in the title role for Risky Business, the director Paul Brickman said no way. Despite this Tom Cruise showed up unannounced, created an opportunity for himself to audition and landed the coveted role. He slid across that floor in his underwear and let America know a new star had arrived. By the time Top Gun hit theaters there was no stopping the actor.
How did he pull it all off? He used hard work, committed himself to the roles he played, no matter what they were or required and showed a passion for creating movies. He built each character, was determined to become that person and did what it took to see them through. He’s one of the few actors that does his own stunts. Why? Because he knows that’s what it takes to make the best picture he can make. He once said, “That’s what works for me: the power of my own imagination and my own ability to believe.”
He makes it look effortless, like being a movie star is something you’re just born with but on closer examination we see that he just showed up more times and spent longer hours than anyone else to get the job done. He made up his mind that he was not only going to be an actor but that he was going to be a great one. You can tell the level of responsibility he has for his work because he also produces his own films. Despite whatever happens in the tabloids or press the guy continues to get in front of cameras and create. His films are the work of a true professional and stellar artist. One who keeps showing up eager to make something great and no matter the limitations finds a way -- he creates!
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8/2/2014 03:26:54 am
Tom sets a great example of someone who is willing to really LIVE life to its fullest. He's not afraid to be enthusiastic about what he likes, and he is capable of change when change is the right thing to do.
8/2/2014 04:19:57 am
You make some very good points! From what I've read, he is also liked and respected by his coworkers, and that goes a long way towards being successful too.
8/2/2014 09:21:24 am
Betsy, - well said - I think the dedication hard work and long hours contribute a lot to your "liked and respected by his coworkers"
8/4/2014 09:15:12 pm
Tks for sharing Tom Cruise is also a Scientologist thats the difference. He knows answers to life:-)
8/24/2014 04:47:24 am
8/25/2014 06:31:59 pm
Tom Cruise is a good example of a man who have high ethics.
Tom Cruise Lover
3/7/2017 06:29:04 pm
Tom Cruise = Legend
3/29/2017 08:20:05 am
The media thrives on controversy, and Tom pays zero attention to that. He's unfortunately had to "learn" how to deal with the press. His policy is to be successful despite any existing counter efforts. It works, my son and I know that if Tom is in the movie, the quality has been upped to that degree.
6/3/2017 01:01:15 pm
Tom Cruise is an absolute Legend. One of the five people I respect most in the world. Even as a Scientologist he is a legend. Everything about this guy is legend!
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I'm David Carus. From overcoming one of the most dangerous cities in the country and graduating from one of the most prestigious colleges in America to leading an educational movement as a teacher and running for Congress at the age of 25, I decided the best hope our world has is through art.