“Fake it until you make it” epitomizes July/August covery guy Chris Pratt’s career and admittance into Hollywood. He had no clue how to act, but with blind ambition (and no back-up plan) Pratt moved to L.A. to start a business selling discount service coupons door-to-door; but the company fell apart within a year. Then he moved to Maui, living in a van, working as a waiter. That’s where he met Tommy Chong’s daughter, who was making a low-budget horror parody. He nabbed the gig and you know the rest; you’ve seen him chubby and funny in Parks and Recreation, and you’ve seen him ripped and equally as funny in Guardians of the Galaxy. Take it or leave it, this is Chris Pratt.
Tip 8: Be Sure of Yourself (Even If You’re Not)
“There was a certain amount of drive and belief in myself, but also delusion,” Pratt said. “Probably a nice combination of the two. Sales is really about selling yourself. That job taught me how to stand up in front of someone who didn’t know me and be like ‘This is me, dude, and I’m excited about it! You want it? No? Cool, then I’m out the door…The next guy is going to get it.’ That’s when they’re like, ‘Wait, wait, what is this thing you got?’”
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