Ed Begley Jr. (St. Elsewhere, Better Call Saul, Arrested Development) is a Golden Globe and Emmy-nominated actor who has become a household name. As the son of an Oscar-winning actor, he thought he had a free pass to Hollywood stardom. But when no job offers came, he realized he was missing the first step - training. He shares how the harsh truth motivated him to hone his craft, why he got involved in environmentalism, how he’s successfully followed more than one passion, and what you can do to leave your non-carbon footprint in the world.

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Ed with his solar panels

Ed with his solar panels

TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE:

1. You have to train and hone your craft before you can expect any opportunities. Just because you're well-connected, it doesn't mean you'll get hired.

2. Don't question if your dream job is something you should do - it's something you have to do.

3. You can pursue multiple passions in one lifetime.

4. Don't focus on what you're against - ask yourself, what are you for and what are you going to do about it?

5. All it takes is one person to raise an army and make a difference.

6. If you put a lot of work into your passion, you'll get a lot out of it.

 

MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

Ed Begley Jr.'s website

Follow Ed on Twitter and Facebook

Listen to Ed and his wife Rachelle's podcast, Begleyesque

Begleys Best, their natural, eco-friendly cleaning product line

The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds

Ed's father, Oscar-winning actor Ed Begley

Valley College

Michael Richards, aka Kramer from Seinfeld

The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute

Acting teacher Peggy Feury

Acting coach Roy London

How Stan Laurel & Oliver Hardy deal with pain - carrying a piano up the stairs in The Music Box

Vince Gilligan's classic opening scene in Breaking Bad - storytelling at its finest

Ed's acting inspirations - Robert DeNiro, Meryl Streep, Bob Hoskins, Jack Nicholson, Dabney Coleman, Peter Falk

My Three Sons with Fred MacMurray - Ed's episode

Ed's favorite movies - Chinatown, Seven Beauties

Ed's favorite work - The In-Laws, Christopher Guest's Best in Show, St. Elsewhere

Watch Ed in Best in Show

A brief history of the electric car

Cindy Williams

What made him care about the environment:

1. LA's smog - see a photo timeline here

2. Santa Barbara oil spill in 1969

3. Going to the moon - see photos from Apollo 11 here

Prop 65 - what is it? 

League of Conservation Voters

Californians Against Waste

Living with EdEd and Rachelle's TV show

Want to go green? Here are his tips:

Get LED light bulbs

Buy an energy-saving thermostat

Beware of vampire power (also called phantom load / standby power)

Ride your bike - tips here

Take public transportation - learn about your options here

Eat less meat - tips here

Chevy Bolt vs. Chevy Volt

 

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