Adam Driver is an incredibly tenacious actor to behold, and an inspiration on and off the screen. In his TED Talk presentation Driver tells the story of how he became a marine in the U.S Armed Forces, adjusting to life as a normal citizen after being medically discharged, and how he found inspiring similarities in his military life skills and a career in acting.
“The military and theater communities are very similar, you have a group of people trying to accomplish a mission greater than themselves, it’s not about you, you have a role, you have to know your role within your team.”
These revelations caught him off guard at first due to his previous notion that the two careers had nothing in common.
Not only were they similar to a shocking degree, but they even changed his way of thinking on the past, by putting words to feelings in ways he never knew he could. This unexpected inspiration of relatability prepared him as an actor and for his spectacular acting career.
Driver realized a wonderfully valid lesson many of us find on our own at one point or another in our lives
No matter how strange an opportunity can seem, our past can teach us and prepare us for our future acting passions, many times we just have to find and apply the inspiration.