Emma Stone Success Story
The determination to win against all odds is exemplified by Emma Stone. Now a popular and successful film actress and television personality, there was a time when Stone had to convince her parents that she was meant for a career in the movies. She is the creativity at its best, for she did not sit her parents down to lecture them.
Instead, she created a Power Point presentation about why she should pursue a career in Hollywood, naming it “Project Hollywood” and set it to Madonna’s single “Hollywood.” How can someone say no to such a creative and resourceful person? So, yes, Stone’s mother packed her bags and accompanied her to Los Angeles. Stone was only 15 years old at the time!
Stone attended a single semester at Xavier College Preparatory, a Catholic Girls High School and then dropped out so she could focus on acting. She had been home schooled on and off by her parents so she could combine a career in acting with getting the necessary education she needed. It should be noted that Stone’s parents were always supportive of her acting ambitions, even sending her to take private acting lessons from a local coach who used to work with the William Morris Agency in the 1970s.
Once in Los Angeles, young Stone auditioned for several roles and stood apart due to her trademark raspy voice. Here is an example of turning a characteristic which would ordinarily be considered a handicap into an opportunity. Stone was also serious about getting substantial roles so she went to the extent of dyeing her naturally blonde hair a dark brown.
Stone’s talent found its voice first when she won the reality show aired by VH1 in 2004 titled In Search of the New Partridge Family. Unfortunately, the show never moved beyond the pilot. However, Stone turned this setback into another opportunity – her momentary fame brought her to the attention of Doug Wald, her future manager.
More disappointments were in store for her. While she appeared on TV sitcoms such as Malcolm in the Middle and Medium, she lost out to Hayden Panettiere for Heroes. She got a regular role on Drive but the show did not go beyond the first season. Stone’s first movie was Superbad (2007), a teen comedy movie which was critically acclaimed. She followed it up with two more comedy films, The Rocker and The House Bunny.
In 2009, she began to land roles in big films such as Paper Man, Zombieland, and Ghost of Girlfriends Past. In 2010, she did the films that earned her Golden Globe and Oscar nominations – Easy A and The Help. Stone also did a successful romantic comedy called Crazy, Stupid, Love that year. Now in a league of her own, Stone has done movies like The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) and Birdman (2014).
Stone has also hosted Saturday Night Live twice and acted in a Broadway play, Cabaret. This multi-talented actress shows what perseverance and sincerity can do for you!
Screen Actors Guild, Kids Choice
Screen Actors Guild, Peoples Choice, MTV Trailblazer, Critics Choice Movie, Peoples Choice, Teen Choice
MTV Movie, Teen Choice, National Board of Review, Satellite Special Achievement
An 8-year-old boy interviewed Emma Stone
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