On Thursday, Chris Pratt was scrolling through Instagram after about 80 hours of wakefulness and thought, "Hmm, I should share something intimate about myself." For many people this would be a recipe for disaster. For Pratt, it's the perfect condition to post something that'll help you face your own challenges.
Though everyone knows who he is these days, since Pratt is the leading man in not one, but two huge blockbusters (Guardians of the Galaxy and Jurassic World, respectively), he wasn't always so successful. Fans of Parks and Recreation knew him as the shlubby and childlike Andy Dwyer. Before that, he mostly played interchangeable jock douchebags in movies like Jennifer's Body and Wanted. And before that? Just another under-employed actor. But he didn't give up on the dream!
It's 3:20am. I got picked up for work at 6:45am yesterday. I'm not good with math, especially after being up for approximately 61 hours but I think I've been up for over 77 hours. I did a table read for Guardians of the Galaxy 2 this morning and then shot all day on Passengers and just now wrapped some 144 hours later. Weirdly both films, which iI'l[sic] be shooting back to back, are being shot in Atlanta at Pinewood studios. We have the best crew. Total rock stars busting their asses. And the stuff we're shooting. My God. I can't wait for you to see it. I go back in in about 8 hours to do more. I am doing what I love. It doesn't feel like work. Even though it is. I'm having fun. I'm overcome with joy and gratitude. I felt like posting this to say to anyone out there chasing your dream... Fifteen years ago I felt the same passion I feel today, but I had very little opportunity. I had to hustle hard and go hungry. I had to eat sardines and figure out how to get gas money. And I never had a plan B. I never stopped believing. Ever. Don't give up. Apply constant pressure for as long as it takes. It will break before you do. Go get it.
Go get it.