A few years ago, movie and TV site Industry Central ran a short piece on Richard Riehle's life and career. Riehle, who played Pliers in Wing Commander 4, has been extremely active lately, with some 15 movies already completed or in post-production for this year. In the article, he gives advice to aspiring actors:
It's so much about being in the right place at the right time, but when your break comes, you better be ready and able to produce.
It's such a matter of luck - There's so many people as skilled as you, so many unknowns in every choice - that you shouldn't take rejection personally, but be thankful for every opportunity.
This is such a small community - if you're fortunate, you will be working with the same people again - Help to make it a pleasant experience and everyone will look forward to working with you again.
Do whatever it takes to "hang in there" and outlast your competition!