Best Quotes About Performing

The first duty of society is to give each of its members the possibility of fulfilling his destiny. When it becomes incapable of performing this duty it must be transformed. -Alexis Carrel

Watching foreign affairs is sometimes like watching a magician; the eye is drawn to the hand performing the dramatic flourishes, leaving the other hand – the one doing the important job – unnoticed. -David K. Shipler

More than in any other performing arts the lack of respect for acting seems to spring from the fact that every layman considers himself a valid critic. -Simone Weil

An intense anticipation itself transforms possibility into reality; our desires being often but precursors of the things which we are capable of performing. -Samuel Smiles

I have a love-hate relationship with performing. -Sarah Brightman

I would really, really, really like to be a legend like Madonna. Madonna knows what to do next, and when she's performing, the audience is just in awe of her. -Britney Spears

I think most artists create out of despair. The very nature of creation is not a performing glory on the outside, it's a painful, difficult search within. -Louise Berliawsky Nevelson

There must be a world revolution which puts an end to all materialistic conditions hindering woman from performing her natural role in life and driving her to carry out man's duties in order to be equal in rights. -Muammar al-Gaddafi

We become just by performing just action, temperate by performing temperate actions, brave by performing brave action. -Aristotle

All successful employers are stalking men who will do the unusual, men who think, men who attract attention by performing more than is expected of them. -Charles M. Schwab

True leadership lies in guiding others to success. In ensuring that everyone is performing at their best, doing the work they are pledged to do and doing it well. -Bill Owens

I came back to performing with a different attitude about performing and myself. I wasn't expecting perfection any more, just hoping for an occasional inspiration. -Neil Diamond

Executives owe it to the organization and to their fellow workers not to tolerate nonperforming individuals in important jobs. -Peter Drucker

I was the class clown so I was used to performing and fooling around in front of my friends. -Dominic Monaghan

I like the performing part, it gives me a huge rush but it still makes me nervous. Being in front of large crowds is intimidating to me and I feel myself withdrawing. -Torrie Wilson

I've always seen myself as one of those 'show people.' My earliest memories are wanting and needing to entertain people, like a gypsy traveler who goes from place to place, city to city, performing for audiences and reaching people. -Brittany Murphy

Anything that loosens you up and makes you freer is good, because that's what acting and performing is all about – being free. It gives you a better connection to the audience. -Brett Somers

Now I'm having the time of my life being on the road with one of the world's all-time great big bands, and performing with symphonies. I wouldn't trade it for anything. -Doc Severinsen

I've been working at performing for five years now. I've been working in Australia and Spain and England. When I was only 15 or 16, 1 was performing in bars; I could have had legal problems, but it's also the only way to get to know what music is all about. -Andy Gibb

In all my years of performing, no audience member has ever actually assaulted me. I consider this to be the singular triumph of my performing career. -Rupert Holmes

There are definitely people who are stuck in the '60s and there are definitely people who think I am and it's just not true. I was performing for a long time before the '60s and I'll be doing exciting interesting things for along time to come. -Petula Clark

Earlier on in my career I felt that I had to hide behind a lot of different masks, and showboat ways of performing. Now, that's a lie. The less I have to hide, the less I have to act. -Thomas Jane

As a 29-year-old, the only thing that I can possibly think is that if I'm still performing at 50, it's because I'll have had disastrous marriages and I have to pay for them. -Robbie Williams

I am having so much fun performing, I feel almost guilty. I think, my God, I hope no one comes and busts me for this. -David Crosby

Doing shows is always a side of skating that I've loved, it's the performing. I get to do that without the pressure, it's always fun between the skaters and the preparation, the show is always so much fun. -Kurt Browning

I'm more interested in writing than in performing. -Frank McCourt

I had to get used to wearing a mask and wearing a prosthetic and performing with those things while singing and expressing myself through stylized movement, while keeping it as human as possible so the audience could be closer to the horror of the Phantom. -Gerard Butler

There was no professional theater in Cork, but still I did a lot of performing. -Fiona Shaw

I performed in Sydney some years ago for the Sydney Festival and I am just so pleased to be returning to the wonderful Sydney Opera House and also performing in Melbourne for the first time. -Lesley Garrett

This is my religion. I take long breaks now when I don't perform and I am not myself when I am not performing. -Roy Haynes

We've been performing with symphonies all of our career and it sounds so wonderful when they play 'My Girl' with the large string section, I want to turn around and look. -Otis Williams

I prefer film to the stage. I always like the rehearsal better than I like performing. -Brad Dourif

My job is to make sure we keep performing. -Mats Sundin

I'm not subject to their rise and fall because I'm not accepted by them, so I have my own little curve going on. A lot of it is because of how much I play, I think I connect like when all you had was Vaudeville, I think I have an audience by performing a lot! -Leo Kottke

So to that extent that was a very sharp reminder a few months out from the election that we weren't performing in the eyes of the public to the level that they wanted if they were going to re-elect us. So we went out and were much more upfront on issues. -Jim Bolger

I don't see my dancing or acting as two separate things. I don't define them separately, so I can't say one has helped the other, It's all the same thing. More than anything I love being on stage and performing. -Bebe Neuwirth

San Francisco has long been a leader in the arts, nurturing generations of painters, sculptors, poets, novelists, playwrights, film-makers, and performing artists and innovators of every kind. -Gavin Newsom

To have my fan club. I am very proud of doing everything. I try to support my parents, friends and fans. I am also proud of my performing in the visual arts, and motion television. -Chris Burke

I've been traveling all over the world for 25 years, performing, talking to people, studying their cultures and musical instruments, and I always come away with more questions in my head than can be answered. -Yo-Yo Ma

One of the things that I've been doing recently in my scientific research is to ask this question: Is the universe actually capable of performing things like digital computations? -Seth Lloyd

I have not proved that the universe is, in fact, a digital computer and that it's capable of performing universal computation, but it's plausible that it is. -Seth Lloyd

I persist in performing. -David Tudor

It's kind of an art, going out and performing. I'd like fans to remember me as a guy who would go out and entertain them, give them quality matches, and not just the same old garbage every week. -Owen Hart

Music is art, art is life, and we are who we are, and all of these aforementioned women, unless they should choose not to, will be performing well into the next many decades because they are great artists. -Lara St. John

Of all human inventions the organization, a machine constructed of people performing interdependent functions, is the most powerful. -Robert Shea

My background was in performing originally. -Cy Coleman

I ended up performing on a full time basis and I never got to Julliard at all. -Tom Glazer

Attend with Diligence and strict Integrity to the Interest of your Correspondents and enter into no Engagements which you have not the almost certain Means of performing. -George Mason

One of the great virtues, apart from the pleasure of performing these works, is that it's opened up an entirely new, expansive repertoire of American Jewish music. -Neville Marriner

Do you know how many concerts I've done in my whole life, in more than 35 years of performing? Sixty-four. -Carly Simon

We're performing several shows in the Canary Islands. -George Duke

When they are performing in front of the public, they ought to have a sensation that's relatively easy, if the technical and the interpretive work was done before. -James Levine

I love being onstage and I love to perform. To be honest with you, I'm more comfortable performing than I am in an everyday situation, which I can't quite explain. -Melanie Chisholm

I'm not performing now. What I do now is listen to music all day long. Listening is very nourishing to me. I might go back to perform, I might make another record. I've got a record half finished. -Michael Nesmith

Our lives sometimes depend on computers performing as predicted. -Philip Emeagwali

I love to dance. But I don't like being up in front of tons of people. I didn't have the desire to be performing in front of a lot of people. So it wasn't something I ever seriously considered. -Sherilyn Fenn

There hasn't been one highlight that stands out… but touring and performing has been great. -Christina Milian

Both songs are really, really intense when it comes to performing them, and very draining at the same time. -Deborah Cox

It was a dream come true performing with her and just being on the same record. So in my eyes, she was the epitome of a great voice and for us to share together was awesome. -Deborah Cox

The club shows are really intense and powerful, but for a shorter time, and the audiences are in close proximity than when I'm performing at The Palace Theatre. -Deborah Cox

I'm healed up and I feel great. After going through the fire, it's great to be out performing again. -Chris LeDoux

And each of these perspectives comes to the same conclusion, which is that our global economy is out of control and performing contrary to basic principles of market economics. -David Korten

I've been performing on stage since I was six years old. -Jewel

And because performing for a game involves real acting. The way they create a game is very similar now to how they create a film. I've always wanted to stretch my acting skills, and the timing being what it is, I couldn't say no. -Josie Maran

Believe it or not, most people think of me as a recording artist, but actually the way I think of myself and the way I earn my living is as a performing artist. -Helen Reddy

There is no seam between my songs and myself-they really are me. It's not like I'm performing; I'm just singing stuff that I really believe. -David Friedman

What was most important to me at the Olympics was going out there and performing my best. When I messed up the first jump combination, which was my big move, it hit me that I messed up the program of my life. -Debi Thomas

No, we've been performing our old songs a little differently each performance. -Fred Schneider

Comedy is difficult, especially slapstick. The trick is to have fun while you are performing it. -Maureen O'Hara

Writing is a kind of performing art, and I can't sit down to write unless I'm dressed. I don't mean dressed in a suit, but dressed well and comfortably and I have to be shaved and bathed. -Peter O'Toole

But I just love that music scene so much, and I enjoy really being around those artists and watching them even more than I do performing, because they are a whole group of people that do it because they love music. -Lee Ann Womack

I was at college doing performing arts, and just spending all my time mucking about, and the lecturers thought I would be pretty good at stand-up, so I gave it a whirl. -Allan Carr

For example, I wouldn't hesitate to sit somebody down if he wasn't performing, even if he was the No. 1 player in the world. I've been sat down before. -Payne Stewart

They do the soaps differently in Mexico. You just have to know the storyline and not memorize the lines. There would be someone feeding you lines while you were performing. -Erik Estrada

When Elvis was performing, you just tried to figure out a way to get there. I think he set all the records and anyone that has ever had the good fortune to see him, you know what it's like to try to get in to see Elvis. It was impossible, practically. -Jackie DeShannon

And being away and not performing for a long time and really connecting with my audience for a long time, I have a great responsibility to myself and to them to do it exactly the way the process was when I was young. -Jackie DeShannon

One of the most important elements in teaching, conducting, and performing, all three, is listening. -Itzhak Perlman

We went through this business of me writing out all the parts for these old songs from Gravity and Speechless and we'd been performing that, but we don't do that any more. -Fred Frith

When I'm performing for the people, I am me, then. I am that little girl who, when she was five years old, used to sing at church. Or I'm that 15-year-old young lady who wanted to be grown and wanted to sing and couldn't wait to be smokin' a cigarette, you know? -Etta James

I'm also performing regularly in Southern California with two bands. As a solo artist doing acoustic sets and a member of the Jenerators, my rock n roll band that has been around for a long time now. -Bill Mumy

I write my plays to create an excuse for full-tilt acting and performing. -Eric Bogosian

I started performing at two or three on a tape recorder, one of those little flat recorders where you just push play and record. -Erykah Badu

You put a song on the record or on tape and you stop singing it. You just don't sit around and sing it anymore unless you're performing. That's kind of sad. -Rick Danko

I have never wanted to give up performing on stage, but one day the tours will be over. -Mick Jagger

If I live to be 90, and I'm planning to, I'll always love performing for a live audience. -Lawrence Welk

Actually, I would love to make a music video. Maybe it would finally put to rest those persistent rumours that have followed me throughout my career – particularly when I was on camera performing – that I had died. -Perry Como

There's something about doing theatre in London – it sinks a little bit deeper into your soul as an actor. It's something about the tradition of theatre, about performing on the West End stage. -Christian Slater

I want to express myself in a different way. I have a performing inclination. -Rowan Atkinson

Of course, some would say if you have a performing inclination, then you should become a lawyer. That's a platform we use, or a priest. You know, anywhere you lecture and pontificate to people. -Rowan Atkinson

I adored my birth father and constantly worried that I was being disloyal to him and his schoolteacher roots if I spent too much time performing and enjoying it. -Julie Andrews

Well, I would definitely give up performing… But I would still sit down in an office and pretend to write with Dawn, even if we never produced anything, because it's just hilarious. I would miss that. -Jennifer Saunders

Music is a performing art, as any Native American will tell you. It isn't there in the score. -Michael Tippett

I prepared for the part by drinking, but I was sober when I was performing. -Nora Dunn

I can't say I don't get nervous, but I really kind of enjoy performing now. -Liz Phair

I have no experience performing that music live in front of an audience. So that remains to be seen. I'm very excited to see what that's going to be like. -Tom Wopat

The basic answer is that I wasn't happy or fulfilled by the job I had and I wanted my life to mean something to me, so I searched my life experience and realized that acting and performing were activities that I enjoyed all aspects of. -Gil Gerard

I'll probably be 80 years old and still performing. Music is like fashion, it changes. But some things will always be the same. -Toni Braxton

A lot of performing instincts are involved in the business of direction, but so is analysis and having a sense of literature. -Trevor Nunn

I didn't go to a normal high school. It was for people in the performing arts. -Marla Sokoloff

Now, performing is second nature and I love every second of it. It is a very emotional thing when I can't play a song; maybe I'm hitting on something that I don't want to deal with. All of it is so personal. It is like therapy. -Vanessa Carlton

I'm really not into the educational aspect of performing. It's not in me. -Dave Lombardo

Stage performing is a dying art form. -Ronnie Spector

I used to cry myself to sleep every night. I missed singing so much. And performing. Man, I missed it so much. -Ronnie Spector

The skills that we have are the actual magic skills – not the performing skills. We have to separate those. But the actual skills that make the tricks work, we don't get to use again. -Penn Jillette

Teller and I worked Renaissance Festivals and street performing – actually more real, no kidding around, Philadelphia street performing than we did Renaissance Festivals. -Penn Jillette

And I'm not a personality; otherwise I'd be coming out with an album, performing on MTV. All that stuff is possible and I can do that tomorrow. I just have no need. -Shia LaBeouf

All I have to concentrate on is my performing. -Mickey Gilley

In addition, the bill passed by the House requires a person performing an abortion on a minor from a different state to notify one parent in the home state. -Virgil Goode

I do eventually want to get back into performing, but right now it's more fun for me to dance for myself. -Dule Hill

I remember once having to stop performing when I thought an elderly man a few rows back from the front was actually going to die because he was laughing so hard. -Adrian Edmondson

I don't see the risk, I enjoy performing stunts, and I don't get scared. -Ajay Devgan

I'll do about 13 shows in Branson next year, and I'll be performing at the Grand Palace. -Mel Tillis

I love performing and pretending – it's very easy for me. -Jamie Lee Curtis

I was performing in this burlesque group, and we would go to dance rehearsals every day. You'd use every part of your body. Even though some of it is slow, it takes a lot of muscle to be able to dip down and come back up. -Carmen Electra

I love performing in front of an audience and seeing smiles on the kids' faces. -Shannon Miller

I'm coming up on 30. There are other things that I want to pursue outside of just performing. -Shannon Miller

And I try to give the best bang for the buck. I love performing more than anything else. -Jimmy Buffett

Presenting statues of honor to reporters for covering an earthquake is like presenting a first prize to a doctor for performing surgery. -Phil Donahue

I think I realized it was an art form at the beginning, but it took me a really long time before I was able to view what I was performing myself as an art form. -Patton Oswalt

I do a lot of performing, but don't get a chance to go to the studio and write good music. -Bobby McFerrin

It's incredibly moving to hear some of our greatest actors performing Shakespeare. -Judi Dench

Decisiveness is a characteristic of high-performing men and women. Almost any decision is better than no decision at all. -Brian Tracy

Songwriting is an art unto itself, not to be confused with performing. -Jo Stafford

The difference between burlesque and the newspapers is that the former never pretended to be performing a public service by exposure. -I. F. Stone

There could be no better time to fully integrate Infinity with Viacom's tremendous portfolio of assets. Infinity is performing at record levels and continues to generate a tremendous amount of free cash flow that will now fully benefit Viacom. -Mel Karmazin

My overnight success was really 15 years in the making. I'd been writing songs since I was 6 and playing in bands and performing since I was 14. -Lisa Loeb

In opera, as with any performing art, to be in great demand and to command high fees you must be good of course, but you must also be famous. The two are different things. -Luciano Pavarotti

Remember one thing – that Sweden is performing better than the rest of Europe. -Goran Persson

Coping with the demands of everyday life would be exceedingly trying if one could arrive at solutions to problems only by actually performing possible options and suffering the consequences. -Albert Bandura

Say not that honor is the child of boldness, nor believe thou that the hazard of life alone can pay the price of it: it is not to the action that it is due, but to the manner of performing it. -Akhenaton

Touring is tough. You're almost in a haze because you don't really know where you are half the time: You're in a hotel room one moment, and the next thing you know, you're onstage performing for 60,000 people, then you're back on an airplane. It's very hectic and I couldn't do it without my family. -Vanessa Hudgens

The worst moment was when I was performing and I was about to sing, but I choked. I had a tickle in my throat and I started coughing, and I couldn't get the words out. It lasted for like thirty seconds, but I got over it, and luckily the crowd didn't seem to care. -Chris Brown

I tend to stay up late, not because I'm partying but because it's the only time of the day when I'm alone and don't have to be performing. -Jim Carrey

Originally the dream was about traveling and developing a job that would permit me to travel. And I decided to go into street performing because it was a traveling job; it would let me go around the world. -Guy Laliberte

I learn something not because I have to, but because I really want to. That's the same view I have for performing. I'm performing because I really want to, not because I have to bring bread back home. -Yo-Yo Ma

I've always had a sense of humour, and I still do, so I just want to go on performing as long as I can. It's as simple as that. -Norman Wisdom

I was performing in New York and my friends started to call me Gaga, they said I was very theatrical and they said, 'You're Gaga'. -Lady Gaga

I loved performing; I was always trying to impress my siblings by being a clown. I think that came from being the runt of the litter. -Rose Byrne

I never really did years of movie-after-movie-after-movie but when you've got three toddlers in the house you're performing all day long, anyway, with puppet shows and stories – I act around the clock. -Julia Roberts

To me that's part of my working day, and I would never refuse a job where I'm under several hours of makeup, because as an actor, I enjoy performing. It's about the creation of the character and the art to me, not about being comfortable and how long it all takes. -Warwick Davis

I like video games, but they are very violent. I want to create a video game in which you have to help all the characters who have died in the other games. 'Hey, man, what are you playing?' 'Super Busy Hospital. Could you leave me alone? I'm performing surgery! This guy got shot in the head, like, 27 times!' -Demetri Martin

I'm a fan of making films. Whether I'm on stage or in front of a camera, one of my first loves is performing for the people. I'd like to do more acting. -Busta Rhymes

I'm into sincerity in music and sincerity in art. If it doesn't feel true, I don't want to do it. Things that are too dramatic scare me. I think that's why I don't always fit into the world of performing arts. -Zooey Deschanel

Being able to improvise is the basis for creating all characters and situations, for everything to do with performing, really. And it's good therapy as well. -Chris Kattan

If you keep performing, and if you stay healthy, you keep playing. -Joe Sakic

I'd love to play a rock star in a movie, but for now, I'm not performing in public. -Elizabeth Berkley

I think theatricality is just one way of performing. I don't think it's a better way or the way, but it's my way. -Adam Lambert

I love live music and I love to see people's faces when I'm performing. -Leighton Meester

I think there's a very fine line between the type of performing that some actors do, and being in a state in your mind where you actually believe what's going on. If we weren't actors, what would we do with that ability? Would we not be slightly insane? Mentally ill? I don't know. -Samantha Morton

I've always said that racing in New York is performing on the big stage. -Ryan Hall

I do, have done and always will believe that I am very capable of performing and thriving at any level of the sport. -Jonny Wilkinson

Governor Jan Brewer and the Arizona legislature have created an environment in Arizona where performing is no longer a neutral act. They have created an environment where they can convert the normal commercial interaction between artists and their fans into the means to apply this racist law. -Zack de la Rocha

I started performing at school and drama classes when I was 7. -Delta Goodrem

It's fun when you're winning and performing well, but it's also hard because now you get older, you got responsibilities. -Rau'Shee Warren

I was always drawn to performing. I took improv and acting classes during the summers and was involved in middle and high school plays. But when I discovered indie and punk music in high school, those things sort of took over. -Carrie Brownstein

I've always loved music, but I never really played anything. After 'Walk the Line' and learning to play guitar, and having that sense of performing, I think that certainly opened the door for me, for music. -Joaquin Phoenix

My background was producing and writing and performing in television when I started out, and I really missed that, that whole creative process that comes from sort of 'me' storytelling. -Eric Bana

There's real drama in performing live. You never know how it's going to be. -Kevin Costner

I think every athlete will tell you no matter what sport you're in, when you train so hard and when you care so much about doing what you do, there's a little bit of nerves that come with that. But nerves that won't prevent you form performing, nerves that, hopefully, allow you to be that much more motivated and inspired to do well. -Sidney Crosby

Because when you go out, and you have fun, basically you're performing for these tabloid outlets and the paparazzi. And when you perform and create this story, they're chuffed – they get excited, they capture it, and they put it out. -Adrian Grenier

Music makes your soul feel amazing while you're performing it. -Bijou Phillips

I was performing from the age of three. -Jennifer Ellison

I love performing on stage the most. It's getting that instant reaction from a live audience. There are no boundaries, you can take your character as far as you want to, you can be the craziest person ever. -Jennifer Ellison

Fortunately for me, I'm in this unique business of not singing, not dancing, not performing – just kind of being there. -Ryan Seacrest

My family is out of the ordinary in our physical lifestyle and the day-to-day things that we deal with, but my approach to them is pretty rational and sound. And I'm the quiet one! It's very different from my performing life. -Dee Snider

Everybody's doing it. When I'm performing and I do the Dougie, the fans lose their minds. -Doug E. Fresh

No matter what size I am I love performing no matter how big or little I am! I feel good. -Kelly Clarkson

As a teenager I was obsessed with music and with writing and performing songs. -Anthony Minghella

In most companies people make a specific contribution to the company in their function. But it is not expressed in terms of profit, only in terms of performing their function better. -Carlos Ghosn

Actually, performing is a lot like golf. You are alone, so vulnerable. -Cathy Rigby

If I had to give up everything else and keep just one aspect of the job, I'd have to keep writing because I love it. Yes, I enjoy performing, too. But I couldn't give up writing material. -Colin Quinn

Performing with anthrax in the building is not nearly as difficult as performing in a home where you might get stabbed at night. -Darrell Hammond

One of the things I like about performing on the stage is that it is a kind of meditative experience. Time does stand still. You have no concept or feeling of the passing of two or three hours' time. It's all kind of one present moment, which is a kind of a description of meditation. -Michael Emerson

Just performing is where I'm happiest, and gets me rid of my troubles and worries. -Tito Jackson

Quite honestly I never had a desire to be an actor. I tell people, I did not choose acting; acting chose me. I never grew up wanting to be an actor. I wanted to play football. In about 9th grade an English teacher told me I had a talent to act. He said I should audition for a performing arts high school so I did on a whim. I got accepted. -Ving Rhames

A lot of those comics can't hold down relationships and they've got no other life apart from performing. They sleep in their Jags and a lot of them can't even talk. All they can do is tell gags. -Alexei Sayle

There's no performance where I never have to think about setting up a phrase or making a technical adjustment while I'm performing. -Renee Fleming

There is no buzz like performing for a live audience. -Jack Wild

I'm used to performing under pressure, but that's playing football. -Jerry Rice

I always was drawn to the performing arts. I started dancing when I was two. I sang, loved to act, and loved going to visit my mom on-set. But she wanted me to have a normal childhood, so I wasn't really allowed to pursue acting till I got older. -Rainey Qualley

You always want to quit while you are ahead. You don't want to be like a fighter who stays too long in the ring until you're not performing at your best. -Clint Eastwood

I'm kind of shy, and I think that I take that out by performing in front of a lot of people. That's how I get out my shyness. -Marilyn Manson

What's interesting is a lot of the older music when we start performing it, it acts a lot like muscle memory. It's kind of like riding a bike. For me as a singer, I just had to remember like what part of my face I sang that into. -Brandon Boyd

It's always performing for me. I write and I record so I can perform. It all ties to that. I've done it since I was a little kid. That's my absolute rush, is playing for different people every night, bringing something else to the table they've never seen. -Gary Allan

You know, things kind of happen organically and, you know, Broadway sort of happened out of a career in performing and – which happened out of practicing piano when I was a kid. -Harry Connick, Jr.

I want people to understand me as a person with views, not just performing songs. -Annie Lennox

I went to a Canadian college for performing arts and then I auditioned for Canadian Idol. That honestly was my golden ticket. -Carly Rae Jepsen

I still like going on the road and performing, but it's getting tougher. I try to have my wife and the twins with me but it's getting harder and harder for them. They need to be in a home environment and not traveling with me. -Kenny Rogers

Every summer, around late July and into August, I find myself in Europe, performing at any festival that will have me. -Henry Rollins

I really have been enjoying performing more lately than I have in a long time and you know, it's all about that sort of centered feeling that I have now. You know, thanks to, not just my kid, but her father before her. You know, I have a kind of a grounding through them that I really relish, and I think is also good for my work, you know. -Ani DiFranco

No matter how many times people say it – 'Oh, I'm just writing this for myself' 'Oh, I'm just doing this for myself' – nobody's doing it for themselves! You're doing it for an audience. So whether I'm performing or writing a book or playing music, it's definitely to be put out there and to be received in some way, definitely. -Steve Martin

I was raised with 'Laurel and Hardy' and 'I Love Lucy' and Jerry Lewis, and I just loved it. And I had a friend in high school and we would just laugh all day and put on skits. You know, it's the Andy Kaufman thing or the Marty Short thing where you're performing in your bedroom for yourself. -Steve Martin

I loved to make people laugh in high school, and then I found I loved being on stage in front of people. I'm sure that's some kind of ego trip or a way to overcome shyness. I was very kind of shy and reserved, so there's a way to be on stage and be performing and balance your life out. -Steve Martin

When people think of performing they usually think of show-offs, but I think of it more that you disappear into somebody else. -Rachel Weisz

I started taking ballet lessons when I was 4, and I was performing in ballet companies when I was 10, and I did summer stock in Miami Beach when I was 12, and finally I said, 'I gotta go to Broadway.' -Rita Rudner

Preventive medicine isn't part of a physician's everyday routine, which is spent dispensing drugs and performing surgery. -Deepak Chopra

My old school in Liverpool is now a performing-arts school, and I kind of teach there – I use the word lightly – but I go there and talk to students. -Paul McCartney

I try to keep performing as much as possible – I just like to. I used to take huge gaps off between gigs, now I just like to do stand-up gigs as much as I can. -Eddie Izzard

I can't imagine Jon Cryer performing with the New York Philharmonic isn't one of the signs of apocalypse. -Jon Cryer

My life, at least, is divided between writing and performing and mixtures of the two. -Stephen Fry

I was doing comedy in laundry mats in 1992, literally where I would bring a little gorilla amp and a lapel mike and just start performing. -Dane Cook

When I stopped performing for 16 years and lived in Michigan and was married and raising my children, I wrote about four or five books. I haven't published them. I just haven't gotten around to it for several reasons. -Patti Smith

For a while I was perfectly happy not performing with 'The Who.' From 1982 to 1989 I felt 'The Who' did not exist. I let the band go, in my heart. However, Roger Daltrey had other ideas. He would not let go. -Pete Townshend

A stage actor has to be 10% aware of the audience as he's performing. -William Shatner

Dancers, like all performing artists, like nothing better than to be challenged. -Karen Kain

Know that there is so much more to you than your body. It's not just about perfecting the steps; you must trust your instincts to tell deep, emotional stories through the steps that you are performing. -Karen Kain

If I weren't performing, I'd be a beauty editor or a therapist. I love creativity, but I also love to help others. My mother was a hairstylist, and they listen to everyone's problems – like a beauty therapist! -Beyonce Knowles

I decided to always sing in the back with the chorus and never went up front because I had trouble performing. -Patti LaBelle

I know how to put it on when it comes to interviews and performing because I have to. But I'm pretty laid back. -Patti LaBelle

I have zero interest in performing in films to try to convey any kind of message. My job is to be entertaining. There's a very different point of view about messages in films in Europe than there is in the States. Audiences rebel because they feel that they are being preached to. -Bruce Willis

My fondest memories were watching the Beastie Boys get prepped to come on stage. They had a lot of antics and they play a lot of basketball… then they were giving out cameras to the crowd, and performing from the bleachers. The most important thing I learned was that you control your crowd, not the other way around. -Talib Kweli

I would like all my friends, followers, fans and fellow travelers to know that I am fighting cancer and will therefore be taking a break from performing while getting the treatment and cure. I shall of course be continuing to write music – in my world it just has to be part of the therapy – and I fully expect to be back in good shape next year. -Jon Lord

I tell my students, it's not difficult to identify with somebody like yourself, somebody next door who looks like you. What's more difficult is to identify with someone you don't see, who's very far away, who's a different color, who eats a different kind of food. When you begin to do that then literature is really performing its wonders. -Chinua Achebe

I need to be performing. I need to be acting. I need to be designing a condo and ripping down walls and buying new plates and looking at fashion magazines. There always has to be some movement in the artistic department for me to not get really, really low. -Alanis Morissette

I just loved performing. It just made me feel alive. It's scary, but that's part of it. I think it's important to have that extra adrenaline. It gives you that extra zing. -Emma Watson

I like performing. I like partnering with an audience. -Carrie Fisher

My purpose in performing is to communicate the joy I experience in living. -John Denver

I wanted so badly to have a backup plan for when I'm not performing anymore. Let's be realistic: it's not going to be like this forever. -Gwen Stefani

Stars wide of belt often cultivated a gentlemanly grandeur, a groomed refinement that filtered through their fingertips – the dainty fidgets of Hardy's plump digits, Orson Welles performing magic tricks with nimble dexterity, Jackie Gleason lofting a teacup to his lips as if he were Lady Bracknell – or through a fine set of twinkle-toes. -James Wolcott

When I look back at those pictures of my mother performing – and listen to her recordings – it makes me sad to think that all of that joy she found in her work came to an end. I wish she hadn't had to make that sacrifice, even if it was for the benefit of my father and siblings and me. -Marlo Thomas

When I was performing on streets, there was no pressure. People accepted me. They loved me without knowing me. -R. Kelly

If you had of told me age 10 that in 19 years time I would be on a stage in Salford performing with Les Dennis in a sitcom I had written, I would have believed you. -Pippa Evans

I was performing skin grafts and became interested in why skin wouldn't graft permanently. -Joseph Murray

I have such happy memories of performing in a choir and I don't think I'd have got where I am today without all that experience. So my advice to young singers is to either join your school or church's choir or find one in your local area. Choral music at any level teaches you so much about musicianship and blending your voice. -Katherine Jenkins

If I wasn't performing, I wasn't alive. That's the truth. My parents had absolutely no interest in the business, but they knew it made me happy, so they said 'Go for it, girl!' -Samantha Barks

I am comfortable performing now. I love it! -Liz Phair

An 'OMG' of mine would probably be speaking on stage and performing in front of thousands of people! -Ashley Tisdale

After drama school I did a seven-month tour of Europe performing in 'Romeo and Juliet.' I played Romeo. -Clive Owen

Probably the reason it's a little hard to break away from the album format completely is, if you're getting a band together in the studio, it makes financial sense to do more than one song at a time. And it makes more sense, if you're going to all the effort of performing and doing whatever else, if there's a kind of bundle. -David Byrne

You see, dancers are quite mature people because they start performing so early. They become professionals when they start to take everyday classes. -Mikhail Baryshnikov

I've been performing my whole life. -Shania Twain

Before I was an actor I was a break dancer, one of those street performers you see. I guess my introduction into the professional world of performing was a stint as back up dancer for Lionel Richie and I performed at the closing ceremony at the '84 Olympics. -Cuba Gooding, Jr.

It's hard being away from home. But other than that, performing is the highlight of my day. -Martina McBride

I was performing skin grafts and became interested in why skin wouldn't graft permanently. -Joe Murray

I hold all of the songs that I have had the pleasure of recording and performing in high regard. -Dionne Warwick

In a broken marriage, it can be challenging and tough to get that work/life balance. I love performing but I also love being a mum, and I hate having to choose between them. -Toni Braxton

Years ago, I was performing, and people kept calling out for 'Puppy Love' and I just didn't want to. Then I thought I'd have some fun, so we did this insane heavy metal version of it. The applause was polite. -Donny Osmond

I can remember back as far as age 8, performing with the Boston Folk Song Society. It was a Woody Guthrie song. -Frank Black

So much of performing is a mind game. -Joshua Bell

The best way to refine an interpretation is by getting out and performing. -Joshua Bell

The jobs I enjoy most are the ones where I never feel like I'm performing. I'm just feeling things. -Mia Wasikowska

The best feeling in the world is performing in front of a live audience who like what you're doing. I can understand why people become dictators just because of the thrill they get making the speeches. -Steve Coogan

When I consider the deeper meaning of yoga, I realize it's about a lot more than simply performing a variety of postures on a mat. -Carre Otis

You wouldn't tolerate an underperforming surgeon in an operating theatre, or a underperforming midwife at your child's birth. Why is it that we tolerate underperforming teachers in the classroom? -Michael Gove

I like radio and live performing stuff. I don't like the television stuff as much. -Adam Carolla

When a doctor is performing an operation, his mind cannot be somewhere else. And it's the same with actors. You have to commit yourself mind, body and soul to a project in order to do justice to it. -Freida Pinto

I love performing in Las Vegas. -Holly Madison

Aside from performing in 'Peepshow,' I do yoga once a week and I like Pilates. I'm more into toning exercises over aerobics. I like working with a trainer at a private gym, but I also like going with friends because you don't get bored or distracted. -Holly Madison

I've always been in school plays and performing monologues and taking drama. Now I'm in acting classes. I do it the real way. I want to be a working actor. I would love that. I just like being on a series and having a script, and I want that to be my nine-to-five. -Vinny Guadagnino

When I read the 'Country Strong' script, I thought, 'Can't they just hand-double it? Can't I just do the rest of the movie and not have to do the performing?' It took me six months to learn to sing and play guitar at the same time. -Garrett Hedlund

I needed to take a break from performing, and from the Peas, to be happy. I craved female time, and time with my husband to feed my soul. My life now is about being balanced. I'm passionate about work and working out, seeing friends and family, and letting my hair down once in a while. -Fergie

I sing because I love singing. I perform because I love performing. I write because I actually enjoy writing. -Ne-Yo

I never dreamed that I would hear 10,000 people screaming when I stepped out onto a stage. Well, that's not entirely true. I dreamed about it but in a performing-on-the-stage-at-Staples-Center-or-Madison-Square-Garden context. But never in a I'm-in-a-movie-that-hasn't-even-come-out-yet one. -Jacqueline Emerson

People have these incredible expectations. So instead of being inspired by, say, Joni Mitchell's music, I look at it and say to myself, 'I'm going to quit – why would I think of writing or performing after listening to that?' -Idina Menzel

I really like performing for people. -Dan Harmon

I wanted to be a dancer my whole life. And when I gave it up to act, I always had a really sad part of myself that missed it and missed performing and missed being physical in that way. -Lyndsy Fonseca

Literally since I could walk… I was performing. -Lyndsy Fonseca

I'm terrified of performing live. -Rashida Jones

I never got nervous performing my own material. -Wiz Khalifa

As long as I am given the opportunity to keep performing and keep exploring in whatever medium, I'll be happy. As long as I get to spend time with my family, I'll be happy. As long as I can write in some form, I'll be happy. It is the essential things like that I equate with happiness. -Dan Stevens

I just love the thrill of performing on stage. I believe that singing is something I was put here to do. -Lucy Hale

I grew up performing and singing. And acting, the idea of it just sort of fell into my lap. And I was a little hesitant at first, but I was like, 'Okay, I'll try it.' -Lucy Hale

Music is my passion, singing, performing. I play piano and musical theater is my background. -Janel Parrish

Before I even knew what that half of my family did, I was interested in performing. I remember being seven years old and up on a stage and loving it. I've always adored it. Not just acting, but the whole process of writing and directing movies, everything that has to do with that part of life. Maybe it's in my blood. -Jack Huston

And what we've lost sight of is that performing manual labor with your hands is one of the most incredibly satisfying and positive things you can do. -Nick Offerman

I listen to Prince on my iPad. And I use a Chords & Scales app to warm up before performing. -Janelle Monae

I'm pretty much living my dream job, but one day I would love to dedicate more time to writing and performing my own music. -Kendall Schmidt

I mean, there's definitely a difference between film and live performances or live television. But at the same time, it's just performing. No matter what, it's performing. -Kenny Wormald

I went to a performing arts high school, we learned Shakespeare, I did 'Fences.' When you train, you can do anything. -Marlon Wayans

I don't remember ever deciding to become a performer. I just always was. I began performing by mimicking the performers on the new television that first took the attention away from me as the baby of the household. I continued performing to put a smile on my grandmother's face and always considered her when accepting or declining roles. -T'Keyah Crystal Keymah

Once I started performing I knew that's what I wanted to do with my life. But you have to work really hard to be a performer. -Melanie Fiona

I went to really good New York City public schools that had arts programs. So in junior high, I got into the drama department. From there, I went to a performing arts high school in New York City called Laguardia and I just kind of fell into the professional side by happenstance. -Merritt Wever

Although my family – parents and sister – all work in the personnel management business, their real passion is performing, amateur operatic societies and so on. -Michael Sheen

I'd love to go back to Greek times and see the birth of theater and performing, in that time. It would be so extraordinary to see the need that theater came out of, in the first place. I think we could probably all learn a bit from that. -Michael Sheen

I've been performing since I came out of the womb. I've been dancing and singing since I was a toddler. Acting seemed like a natural progression from that. -Mary Elizabeth Winstead

I've been acting my whole life. I have this huge imagination! I'm a dancer and my mom's a dance teacher, and I was always performing and entertaining people. I'd go to see live theatre or a movie, and I'd become the main character for a few days afterwards. I loved being somebody new for a temporary amount of time. -Natasha Calis

I think I get certain pleasure from writing what I'm performing. -Ellie Kemper

Even when I became the typical shy adolescent, I never minded performing. I felt there was a kind of safety, a protection about being on stage, about losing myself in another character. -Hayley Mills

I love acting. I love performing. -Isaiah Mustafa

I love intimacy, always, of performing. -Julio Iglesias

I love performing. -Lee DeWyze

I never expected to get the Tom Jones treatment and it amazes me that I do. Strangely it's women who throw their underwear at me when I'm performing live. My male fans tend to be quite shy. My female fans are wild. I never know what to do with all the lingerie that lands at my feet. Maybe I should open a shop. -Ellie Goulding

Memory training is not just for the sake of performing party tricks; it's about nurturing something profoundly and essentially human. -Joshua Foer

I'm from Mt. Clemens, Michigan. It's right outside Detroit. The suburbs. I was always very heavily involved in theater back then. I was always in drama club or forensics. Anything that you could do that had some performing, I was doing it. -Paul Feig

And I've always felt comfortable certainly in a courtroom because you're just performing. And there was a time in my life when I thought when I grew up I'd be a trial lawyer myself. -Scott Bakula

At the age of 16 I started performing with a dance band in the evenings and began earning more money than my father, but he was pleased for me. -Jack Bruce

I like the performing. And interviews, even. And the stuff that's not sitting in a room by yourself with empty paper. But I never loved writing, to tell you the truth. -Randy Newman

Very often my weekends are spent performing on Saturday, on stage in the afternoon and again in the evening. -Simon Callow

If I wasn't an actor, I'd be a teacher, a history teacher. After all, teaching is very much like performing. A teacher is an actor, in a way. It takes a great deal to get, and hold, a class. -Richard Dreyfuss

Before I left for Germany, I had gotten accepted to the performing arts high school in New York, which was a big dream of mine. And having to leave that was very sad for me. -Nina Arianda

Going to the theater or having the honor of performing in theater reminds you of your humanity in a very different way. It's a real release and an incredible challenge. But the stage is a dangerous place. You gotta be trained. Plus, crowds like when things go wrong. I think that's part of the thrill. Anything can happen. -Nina Arianda

When I was 3, I recited a poem at a festival in Passaic, New Jersey. The applause was tremendous, and it hit me that I could affect people positively by performing. -Nina Arianda

When I started performing in public, I was probably around 10 or 11. -Patina Miller

There has been a cultural shift. It is difficult to measure all that right now, but Chilean women have seen my presidency as a source of pride. Women are performing in jobs in Chile now that 20 or 30 years ago nobody would have dared to imagine. -Michelle Bachelet

Women are outperforming men in almost every sphere of life in our society and the women of East Indian ancestry are no exception to this rule. They have broken the cultural mould. -Kamla Persad-Bissessar

I understand the rock star deal having been one and still going out strapping my guitar on and performing. Now, I probably do 30 or 40 dates a year and I get to relive how I felt at 19 when I played in some really bad bands. -David Cassidy

We are not what we seem. We are more than what we seem. The actor knows that. And because the actor knows that hidden inside himself there's a wizard and a king, he also knows that when he's playing himself in his daily life, he's playing a part, he's performing, just as he's performing when he plays a part on stage. -Wallace Shawn

As far back as I can remember though, I always loved performing. -Victoria Justice

As a performing group, the Beatles began by playing old rock favorites, for dancing, to tough audiences in Liverpool and Hamburg. When they began writing seriously, they discovered that they couldn't compose in the early American rock tradition. -Jon Landau

When the Beatles cut old rock n' roll, they were recording music still in their performing repertoire, and besides, they never thought of the music as old. -Jon Landau

I went to performing arts high school, and I took dance and acting every day. Then, I went to Marymount Manhattan College and I have a B.A. in acting, with a concentration in theater performance and a minor in musical theater. I studied there for three years. -Jenna Ushkowitz

I've started to get used to traveling a lot and performing, but still everything has grown so quickly and is very exciting! -Birdy

I love performing outside because it's as if the heavens are open and the elements become part of the stage show as well – you know, the wind and the rain and the thunder. It's almost as if there's a sense of invocation in performance. -Florence Welch

Bono told me how to dance in high heels and he also told me about U2's Glastonbury performance and how everything that could have possibly gone wrong went wrong, including him ripping his trousers on stage. I think he was lunging and his trousers ripped! He was telling me how he had to find a new way of performing that didn't involve moving. -Florence Welch

I started performing opera when I was 10 years old. I didn't perform as Zola Jesus until I was probably 18. -Zola Jesus

True expression is hard when performing opera. The problem is that opera relies on the dramatic context of the piece. It can be interpreted and represented, but there are guidelines; there is a vocabulary within the pieces that you must know objectively and reflect. -Zola Jesus

The word 'theatrical' makes me cringe, because it suggests a performance is staged, put on, rehearsed. And while all this is true for an opera, I believe the act of singing and performing should always be honest, raw, guttural. -Zola Jesus

All I have to say is basically if performing, singing, acting, and dancing is what you want to do, then you just have to do it – no matter where it is. -Ariana Grande

I couldn't see a future of doing anything other than performing. I didn't like school if I'm being honest. I would have settled for performing in any capacity. -Cheryl Cole

When I started performing, there was no Internet; I didn't really have anything to copy. I kind of had to just make up what I thought burlesque was, based on photographs of Sally Rand or whatever. -Dita Von Teese

I prefer the competitive atmosphere of a classroom setting, like yoga or Pilates. That keeps me going. Although performing on stage is great exercise! -Dita Von Teese

I wasn't into anything at school. I used to get really embarrassed. I used to get asked to do performing things, and I'd go to all the rehearsals, and then I'd pretend to be ill on the day I had to actually perform. I was very unhappy at school. -Lily Allen

My home is at the WWE. I truly do love performing. The atmosphere here isn't like anything else. It's truly where I belong. -John Cena

I have done research about people who think they're doing movements and people – like Madonna and professional dancers – who are actually 'performing' movements. The people who can connect and perform during their workout get results way above and beyond the people who are just going through the motions. -Tracy Anderson

I first became interested in style when I was 16 and I had my first couple of gigs. I realised I couldn't look like the people I was performing to. Not in a condescending way, but just that it would be weird if I was wearing exactly what someone in the crowd was wearing. -Tinie Tempah

I started performing in high school. There was a pretty great drama department at my school, and that's when I started doing plays and musicals. -Missi Pyle

I'd say that, first and foremost, I'm a performer; I started performing when I was four years old, and being on stage from a young age set me up. -Paloma Faith

When I started performing, I decided that if in five years I couldn't earn as much money acting as I could as a teacher, it would be unrealistic for me to continue on the stage. -Pauline Collins

I don't go to shows because I just want to listen to the music performed live. I want to get to know the person who's performing it. Or I want to, like, take away a sense that I had an experience that nobody else is going to have again, or a unique experience for that moment. -Sia

I always assumed I'd spend my life happily performing in artsy-fartsy little theaters. -Teller

I was an extroverted kid and performed, like, acting and singing. Then, the older I got, I realized I enjoyed performing things that I came up with myself more and I enjoyed making people laugh more than making people cry or think. -Rob Delaney

I don't care about the charts; I just want to make great music that I enjoy performing on stage and I'm proud of. -Cher Lloyd

I like being on camera, performing, seeing what people have in common. -Eddie Huang

When I'm not performing? I'm looking for the next big thing. -Ashanti

I like performing, but I usually get really sick when I'm on tour, and it's just hard. -Grimes

Writing is sort of putting a puzzle together halfway. Then, performing it has always been the completion of it. Once that happens, I'm feeling verbally communal with other people. It's out there and I feel so much better about it. -Brandi Carlile

I find performing very difficult. It's difficult to be a good actor. I get very nervous, even though it sounds disingenuous, because you could legitimately go, 'Well, why do it?' -Richard Ayoade

I'm making a case against how money managers are handling customers' money. The objective of the customer is not being met if the fund managers are diversifying their assets into hundreds of businesses. If they do this, they are typically performing close to the indexes. But that's not the way wealth is created. -Michael Lee-Chin

Most of the time, criticism that takes pop culture seriously involves performing some kind of symbolic analysis, decoding the work to demonstrate the way it represents some other aspect of society. -Steven Johnson

In America, everyone writes but no one reads. Everyone's writing all day long – sending emails, tweets, text messages; they all think they're James Cameron's Avatar, performing in some video game for which they make up the script. -Gary Shteyngart

Most of us understand that innovation is enormously important. It's the only insurance against irrelevance. It's the only guarantee of long-term customer loyalty. It's the only strategy for out-performing a dismal economy. -Gary Hamel

My first professional job was actually at a place called Opryland U.S.A., which no longer exists, but I've been performing since I was a kid. -John Barrowman

When you're performing on Broadway every night, you're so much more accessible to people in the industry. Everybody is going to know who you are. -Jeremy Jordan

The No. 1 criticism most managers get is that they don't ever change or wait too long to make changes… It's very simple: Either things are performing or they're not. And if it's not performing, we have to make changes. -Tim Armstrong

The world is a complicated place, and there's a lot of division between people. The performing arts tend to unify people in a way nothing else does. -David Rubenstein

Even now, I have traces of the good little girl. When I am not performing, for instance, I am really very quiet and ordinary. -Marina Abramovic

I find the theatre faintly embarrassing for the actors performing on stage. It seems rather showy-off in an undignified way. -Charles Saatchi

I love performing in the U.K. Everyone is always up for it and brings all their energy to the dance floor. -Tiesto

A Christian reveals true humility by showing the gentleness of Christ, by being always ready to help others, by speaking kind words and performing unselfish acts, which elevate and ennoble the most sacred message that has come to our world. -Ellen G. White

I'm very proud of my records, but my most natural creative tendencies have been in live performing. There's a beautiful element to recording and making records, but I've always felt a little shy with it. -Langhorne Slim

The possibilities are endless now, with performing, getting your music online, getting your own website and getting your music out there. I think that's very cool and amazing. -Dave Gahan

I grew up performing in theatre. -Valorie Curry

The more I know about America, the better I'll be at performing American characters and American stories. -Rebel Wilson

I'd love to do Broadway or the West End. I'm sure doing eight shows a week is gruelling, but I did a lot of stage shows in Sydney and I love performing live. -Rebel Wilson

I don't think my kids have to worry too much about me embarrassing them because that's not how I would want to grow up, with wacky dad showing up at school and performing for everyone. -Steve Carell

I don't feel that I have to control every aspect of things that I appear in. You learn a lot performing someone else's writing. -Steve Carell

My mom is an art teacher and is very much into the performing arts. What can I say? She is the female in my life and has guided me on how to act and conduct myself. A lot of my strength comes from her. -Erin Andrews

When I started performing, I played acoustic music, partly because that way you don't have to worry about interacting too much with other people creatively. Asserting myself in that way was not really a strong point for me. -Patty Griffin

The thing that helped me come to terms with performing was an anxiety, a desperation for acceptance. There was never enough positive motivation in my life. -Phoebe Snow

I'm getting bored performing the same songs over and over. Songwriting comes and goes. -Sharon Van Etten

The only thing that's helped me get through some really hard times was just being able to write and express – it's very cathartic for me. I'm hoping that, by writing and performing for other people, it affects them the same way. -Sharon Van Etten

Honestly, live is my favorite way of performing. Every show is a completely different energy. -Sharon Van Etten

It's a luxury to not have to just be performing with other people to have my music heard. -M. Ward

I guess I think like deep inside, I know that it's like, it's a different kind of performing, it's not really… You're not performing like a guitar player or a singer is performing, you know what I mean? So it's weird to be in the same type setup as one of those. 'Cause I'm not really doing much, you know, like technically it's not that hard. -Avicii

I've been playing concerts for many years, and it's still as exciting as it was the first time. I hope that shows when I'm performing. -Vanilla Ice

The Midwest isn't somewhere you mix with those from the performing arts. But my mum and dad would go off to Chicago every so often to see shows. They would bring back the albums and the movies, those little eight metres, and we would all watch. I think that was when I fell in love with acting. -Willem Dafoe

In films you do a scene, you play around with it and unless you're doing a lot of reshooting, which no one has the luxury to do, you deal with the problem for a day and then you move on. On some level, it never allows you to go very deep into what performing is about. -Willem Dafoe

I have a lot of experience in the studio, performing onstage, talking to an audience. I learned most of that stuff when I was performing with my mom. -Skylar Grey

U.S. Speedskating has been riddled with problems since when I started my career, and we were always able to look past that. When it came down to performing on the ice, regardless of funding issues, we were always able to make it happen. And that's what it's all about. -Apolo Ohno

Starting in music, where I get a chance to connect with the lyrics of a song, I learned so much about performing on stage and connecting to your audience and to what you're singing about. Singing is very emotional. Every song has its own purpose. -Naturi Naughton

I was excited to play Lil' Kim and I wanted to do the role justice. I worked really hard on that role, whether it was performing the rhymes, studying the dialect, her swagger and her stage performances. I wanted people to see my range and stretch my wings as an actress. -Naturi Naughton

If you have a native monetization system where the atomic unit of content is the ad unit, that scales down all the way to a small screen experience. That's why Twitter is performing so well on mobile. -Fred Wilson

My job of being a musician in a recording studio has nothing to do with being a musician being on tour performing. -Moby

When I went to university, I was a philosophy major, but because I'm not very bright I chose to study philosophy at a performing arts school, maybe because the philosophy program there wasn't too rigorous or challenging. -Moby

I love performing. I can get to be that person I always wanted to be – godlike. -Nick Cave

I love performing. I love getting out there. It's kind of like why I make music. -Yelawolf

I started out as a dancer as a kid; I've been dancing since I was 4. So performing was always part of what I was. -Tatiana Maslany

If you have people who are high-performing working for you, it's so easy to do your job. Otherwise, you can't even agree on the time of the meeting or who will bring the coffee. -Douglas Conant

Extroverts may get places faster, but for introverts it's all about working at the pace you need and, at the end of the day, performing at your best. -Douglas Conant

My mother is like a character who escaped from the set of a Fellini film. She's a whole performing universe of her own. Activists would run a mile from her because they could not deal with what she is. -Arundhati Roy

I wanted to be a veterinarian until I saw a video of a vet performing surgery on a dog. Then I decided I wanted to be a pianist. -Amy Lee

I was always performing, doing silly voices. The teachers realized I could go one of two ways: be creative or destructive. -Benedict Cumberbatch

I grew up listening to the Police, I grew up performing in bars, singing Police songs. -Bruno Mars

Playing in front of 25,000 people and millions more on television, and performing and doing what I worked so hard to try to accomplish was, in my opinion, the ultimate. Do I miss it? Of course I do. -Jimmy Connors

Nothing is like being out there and playing and performing and winning – nothing. But to have an interest in the player? The nerves and everything that goes with it? Seeing what he's learned and how he's done it? That's the second best thing to playing. I think. -Jimmy Connors

Stunt performing is a highly structured career path – you have to gain qualifications in six different sports to a high standard. It takes four or five years and costs at least £20,000; a black belt in a martial art from scratch costs a fortune. -Steve Truglia

I know if I wasn't making music and acting, I would be involved in the performing arts world in some way. I would be either writing and making music for other artists or producing movies. -Claudia Lee

I have always enjoyed performing, but I think when I was in the fifth grade was when I discovered that I really loved acting. -Cindy Busby

I would advise dancers, musicians and others in the entertainment industry to take up yoga, as it clears the mind and creates a sense of balance and stillness which is important for any performing artist. -Emmanuel Jal

Some comedians tell nice jokes that you can tell to your kids. Some use bad words – they work 'blue.' If you don't want to hear a joke that's blue, you shouldn't go to a comedy club where a comedian who makes blue jokes is performing. -Gilbert Gottfried

I don't agree with superstitious routines, but there are a couple of things I'll always do before performing. I'll get together with the band and chill out, and then, just before I go on stage, I'll always check my flies. -James Blunt

I like not being noticed. It has been a struggle because I love performing, but if I'm in a group of people and someone has a bigger personality, I'm like, 'Go ahead, and have fun!' -Amy Adams

'Star Trek' is a 'Wagon Train' concept – built around characters who travel to worlds 'similar' to our own, and meet the action-adventure-drama which become our stories. Their transportation is the cruiser 'S.S. Yorktown,' performing a well-defined and long-range Exploration-Science-Security mission which helps create our format. -Gene Roddenberry

Work controls my life, writing controls my life, performing controls my life. -Lemon Andersen

I enjoy performing, always, but when you're taping a gig, you've got to blank out this mass apparatus of self-consciousness that's surrounding you, this invitation to drown in self-consciousness. Otherwise you just won't be able to do anything. -Dylan Moran

There's something about Michael J. Fox that I loved when he did all the '80s stuff. His way of performing all the physicality, which is why it's so tragic now, but the way he used his body so much as well, I loved. -James McAvoy

I didn't know I wanted to act until it was around 21. I had just come back to Los Angeles after two and half years of traveling and working as a dancer and singer and was looking for a new performing art to study. I started taking acting classes and fell in love. -Caity Lotz

I came out to my parents as gay, and then I realized, you know, four or five years later, that I wasn't really happy, no relationships were working, and there was something missing in my life, and you know, I was doing drag, performing and stuff, and I realized through that arc that I was much happier doing that. -Candis Cayne

I created this picture of this character who would play the guitar effortlessly, who had no limitations, performing beautiful music, and he moved around with great acrobatic skills, just capturing the audience and being a great entertainer. -Steve Vai

Being a father has fulfilled me in parts of my life that sustain me. It gives me a comfort and patience. All actors have this hole inside that they're trying to fill by performing. I'm anxious to keep creating, but I'm not so desperate any more because I have the love and support of my kids and wife. -John C. Reilly

When you spend your entire life as a child actress, being told where to go and where to stand, you're performing constantly for people. It definitely breeds the kind of person who's dependent on other people's approval. -Kirsten Dunst

I think too many people look at the arts with a religious outlook. Arts, music, singing and performing, it's all make-believe. -Vince Vaughn

I always feel a little funny being in front of a lot of people trying to show them my approach to the ukulele, but I do enjoy it. I do get a little more nervous doing workshops rather than performing. -Jake Shimabukuro

The concept of clearing one's mind before performing a task so that it is consumed by nothing but that task, yet is open at the same time to anything that might happen – that concept can be applied to playing guitar, and it's enormously helpful for improvising. -Kirk Hammett

I actually got started in acting when I was in pre-school. I was really into dance and performing, so my mom had me in dance classes, and then I got involved in a local theater company. -Fiona Gubelmann

Comedians sometimes forget that there's an audience. You gotta be conscious that you're performing for other human beings. -Jeff Garlin

I started in community theater at 7 years old. I loved being on stage and performing. At the time, I didn't correlate that the stuff I was doing on stage was the same thing that I was watching in my favorite films. -Jessica Lucas

I would have been a nightmare in any kind of office, because I wouldn't have had any friends in any environment other than performing. -Jodie Whittaker

I think for me, the imaginary world was always exciting. I started in New York doing theatre, from having just one person in an audience to performing for a full house. I think I've always enjoyed playing different characters, blending into different environments and such. -Dilshad Vadsaria

From a very young age, I was singing and acting and performing for my family. -Heather Dubrow

I had a very active imagination as a kid, and I was constantly performing, whether I was making money doing it or not, whether it was on a stage in front of 1,000 people or in the living room in front of my family. -Laura Bell Bundy

We can never make ourselves better by trying… praying more or longer, studying more of the Word, performing good works, etc. Don't get me wrong… it's not bad to do any of these things. In fact, it's good. It's just that doing them in God's power is the only way those things will have any real and lasting effect in our lives. -Joyce Meyer

Obviously, fans are the beginning and end for any artist. The minute your fans embrace you and accept you, you begin this ride of being in music and having a career doing something you love. You get to go be a kid and live out your dreams by performing music for fans who come out to your shows. -Luke Bryan

I think I will always be performing; I don't think I can take that away. Because I really just enjoy it. I like getting up to sing; I like the challenge of learning new material and singing it in front of an audience. -Lea Salonga

When I'm doing a one-on-one with somebody, I have to speak in a language that that person can understand, using a vocabulary that they instantly get, and I always have to feel my way around to figure that out. It's a lot of fun, and it's also really challenging – challenging in a different way from performing. -Lea Salonga

I don't think I would've been performing this long if I didn't love it sincerely to the degree that I do. It's not enough to like it. Dilettantes like things. Professionals love things and I consider myself a professional. -Lea Salonga

I guess you could say the beginning of my career as an actress was when I started performing in music videos. -Sheri Moon Zombie

I went to the Brit School for the performing arts in Croydon at 14, picking music as my main subject, and I'm so glad I did. I knew lots of people who'd gone there, so I always had my mind set on it. -Katy B

I went to a lot of theatre. My parents were very involved with the performing arts. I went to nightclub shows when I was a little girl. We went to Florida and we would go to the Cocoanut Grove down there. We'd go see Lena Horne, Jimmy Durante, Sophie Tucker and Judy Garland. -Lainie Kazan

When my job isn't performing in a WWE ring, my job is to get back performing in that ring. When I'm hurt, all I have to do all day is get strong and get better. I'm a very dedicated physical therapy patient, and that helps a lot. -John Cena

And much as I enjoy writing and creating stuff, I don't enjoy it so much that I am willing to give up any time that could otherwise be spent performing. -Marcus Brigstocke

Mum and Dad always wanted me to do whatever I was happy doing. I nearly went to art college at 16, but decided to do a BTEC in performing arts. -Stephen Graham

Whether I am performing for an elite crowd or a crowd of 20,000 people – the moment someone asks for 'Agneepath,' and I respond 'Agneepath' chahiye?' the noise in the crowd, shows that this song has become huge. -Sonu Nigam

I don't really like meetings, I like recording and performing music. I need to set myself up for when the time does come that I need better distribution or just a bigger team behind me. -Chance The Rapper

For me, performing is the biggest part of being a rapper. There's nothing like the feeling of screaming your story to people. -Chance The Rapper

Especially now, with 'Glee,' it's allowed a lot of kids to love music and performing at a young age. All ages watched 'American Idol,' but I think it was nice to be able to show kids, 'Hey, you can be here, too.' -David Archuleta

I love performing, but I never really liked show business. My success is my family. I want to be more successful as a mother. -Celine Dion

I went to Northampton College of Further Education. I left there – when I was 16, I left Kingsthorpe Upper – and I went and did a diploma in performing arts, so it was my start in the training process to becoming an actor. -Marc Warren

I enjoy touring. I enjoy recording the music, I enjoy dreaming it and I enjoy performing it. I also definitely enjoy selling it, because I like to eat. -Anthony Hamilton

A lot of people don't realize, when you are acting in a martial arts film, you're not just performing martial arts. You're not just performing martial arts. You're actually acting as much as any other actor. -Donnie Yen

People ask me all the time which I would prefer doing more, but I honestly can't say. When I'm filming, I'm like, 'No, this is my favorite,' and when I'm writing music and recording and performing, it's like, 'This is definitely it.' -Cassie Steele

I realized that 'performing' was what I wanted to do when I did my first professional gig as a dancer with my company 'Synergy' in Canada. I was overwhelmed with how it felt to perform in front of an audience. -Catherine Mary Stewart

Although I performed in high school, my first real experience with theater was performing with a student-run organization at Vanderbilt University called The Original Cast where I learned that I loved performing and especially loved theater people. -Nancy Allen

I'm not one of these actresses like, 'Okay, where's the camera? Is it here? Is it here?' I don't even ask the questions because I don't really want to know. I like not performing for a camera but giving it my best every single time whether you're close or whether you're far. -Halle Berry

I had the humble beginnings. I was doing comedy in laundry mats in 1992, literally where I would bring a little gorilla amp and a lapel mike and just start performing. -Dane Cook

When I watch myself on camera, in any capacity – being interviewed, performing, 20 years ago or yesterday – there's a part of me that really doesn't grasp that it's me. -Kathleen Hanna

I've been doing comedy longer than I haven't been doing comedy, as I was performing for three years before I even got on 'The Tonight Show.' There's truly nothing like it; it's intense and exhilarating, even though it looks so casual. -Steven Wright

I was just a ham since about the age of five. If I was performing at Medieval Times or something, I'd be the court jester. That was always my defense mechanism. I was never all that funny; I was just obnoxious and loud. -Emma Stone

The thrill of performing – that's something that hasn't changed for me. That simultaneous joy of creating something and sharing it with an audience – it's the same now as it was then, when it was just my cousins' birthday party. -Steve Buscemi

I don't consider myself an artist necessarily, but craftsmen or people in the arts, their spiritualism is sort of when you're writing well or performing well or doing whatever you do well, there's an element of that that's either God-given, a talent that you're not necessarily responsible for. -Al Franken

I began my career performing in plays and musicals in New York, but by the mid-'80s, opportunities in Hollywood beckoned and I made the move to Los Angeles. It was a good decision. Work took off, but most important, I met my family out there – my husband, Bill, and the children we would adopt: Elijah, Mae-Mae, and Aron. -Christine Ebersole

The only TV I would be interested in exploring would be live television. There's no substitute for a team of artists performing at their peak live when failure is possible. It's a high-wire act. That excites me. -Francis Ford Coppola

When you see young players coming into the squad and pushing you, no matter what age you are, you have to react. You have to worry about yourself and perform as well as you can. If you end up looking around at others, wondering who's performing better, you take your eye off the ball. -Frank Lampard

If players are performing for you, their age shouldn't really matter, especially because the older players can bring their experience to the table. -Frank Lampard

The cliche of what a rock star is – there's something elitist about it. I never related to that. I'm an entertainer. I think of it as, you're performing for people. It's not a self-glorification thing. -Beck

Most of my career has been about standing on a stage performing music to an audience, and once the show is over, they go home and I go on to the next show. -Greg Lake

My first time performing was in the black box theater of my high school's basement as a member of 'Clownaz,' the school's improv team. We charged money for tickets, saying the proceeds went to our school's recycling program. Then, immediately after the show, we divided up all the money and kept it. -Joe Mande

The thing I've always liked about performing is that I decide what I want to wear, whether I want to comb my hair. -Patti Smith

Well, I'm not one of those people who needs the limelight. If I'm performing, that's what I'm doing. If I'm not, I don't long for it. I don't need the approval of an audience, or applause. -Patti Smith

I did absolutely grow up in a world surrounded by people who were always performing and being flamboyant. -Kate Winslet

I really love live performing! -Clay Aiken

My son, Jett, is two, and when I was pregnant my nose got bigger, so I got a new one. Everything was bigger for a while after having Jet, but I knew I needed to be able to walk up my stairs without being winded. It took me two years to lose 60 lbs – lots of walking, bike-riding, kick-boxing and performing. -Jill Scott

If I'm performing with a DJ, it's all on me to draw the energy. I like the camaraderie of a band. -Talib Kweli

The day I feel like I'm at an office job is the day I'll quit performing in front of a camera. -Sasha Grey

I started out as a dancer as a kid; I've been dancing since I was 4. So, performing was always part of what I was. I don't know if it I enjoyed the response I got from people or if I liked having an audience, but there's something in me that wanted to perform. -Tatiana Maslany

I was a dancer from about the age of four, so I was always performing and forcing my parents to watch my brother and I do 'Jesus Christ Super Star' in the living room. My first step was community theater, and then I started to do films. -Tatiana Maslany

Think of it this way: performing is like sprinting while screaming for three, four minutes. And then you do it again. And then you do it again. And then you walk a little, shouting the whole time. And so on. Your adrenaline quickly overwhelms your conditioning. -Bruce Springsteen

In all honesty, if somebody asked me the secret of auditioning for Americans, I don't know. Often, I do what's called self-taping for America. I go over there quite a lot to sit in a room and do stuff in front of people. You feel like a performing monkey. It's bizarre. -David Wenham

Nobody worked harder than Mozart. By the time he was twenty-eight years old, his hands were deformed because of all the hours he had spent practicing, performing, and gripping a quill pen to compose. That's the missing element in the popular portrait of Mozart. -Twyla Tharp

I was performing at a New Jersey high school, and I asked a class of 2,000 students, 'How many of you love mathematics?' and only one hand went up. And that was the hand of the maths teacher! -Shakuntala Devi

I was five years old; I got addicted to being on stage. I felt like it was the most wonderful place on Earth, performing in front of an audience, who in this case were a bunch of classmates, kids my age. -Shakira

Success happened little by little for me. I tasted the flavor of fame in small doses: I started at 10 years old when I won a music contest; I was performing at birthday parties, company meetings. -Shakira

I've been performing since I was in high school, so I've seen people react to my music and my playing. I'm always appreciative when people like the music, but I'm not shocked. -Kenny G

I gravitated toward stand-up because there's no overhead. I mean, literally, there's no overhead: Often, you're outdoors performing in front of groups of people. -Mike Birbiglia

I loved performing in the 'High School Musical' movies – that didn't seem like work – but the gym felt like torture! -Ashley Tisdale

I started writing music when I was around twelve. My current record company saw a video of me performing at my school's talent show. -Lorde

I'm always amazed at how much people 'get' when I'm performing overseas. I've never had to change my act on my international shows; I just make sure that I've taken some time to get to know the people in those countries before I perform. That's been really useful. -Russell Peters

I love performing in front of people, no matter where they come from or what language they speak. -Juanes

Besides my son, music is the most important thing to me. I always have music on in my car and playing at house, and I'm in the studio or performing every night. I like Beats by Dre for headphones, and Bang & Olufsen soundsystems. -French Montana

I love singing and I love performing and just making things perfect. -Keke Palmer

When you are performing in theater, you feel so connected to your audience. It's exhilarating! -Laura Marano

Sometimes, the most daunting thing about performing is making eye contact with your audience, so just look above them and at the corners of the room. Soon, you'll totally forget they're there. -Laura Marano

I love performing, and I love being in front of people. I love the pressure you get and the pleasure performing brings. -Leo Howard

Acting is something I've done since I was six years old, performing for my mum and my family in the living room, and I do it because my heart's in it. -Lily Cole

The next time a former child star is in the news, look at the age at which he or she started performing. Then imagine making a life-changing decision at that age. Chances are good he or she wasn't the one who made it. -Mara Wilson

Getting on stage and performing and standing under lights is such an unsettling experience – in a good and bad way – but it's the only place I can go to feel comfortable. -Matt Berninger

I started salsa dancing with a few different companies and started touring the country. It was fantastic, but I realized that I really wanted to talk every time we were performing. That's a problem because when you're dancing, if you stop to talk, that's not really cool to the other dancers. -Gina Rodriguez

I started performing very young as a salsa dancer, and every time I was on that stage dancing, all I knew was that I wanted to speak. I wanted the music to stop, and I wanted to speak. -Gina Rodriguez

I love doing different things where, for a little while, I can focus on standup then sketch writing, then performing, then directing a video. That, to me, is stimulating. -Kyle Dunnigan

People expect that I'll be just perfect on ice, and that's not the case. I make mistakes, too. When I review my performance, sometimes I feel I did awful. That's the whole part of the process of what people see when I'm performing. -Kim Yuna

Even when I get to the point where I am acting and performing, where I want to be with my career, I'm never going to think of anyone as lower than me. Everyone's the celebrity of their own life, you know? -Ireland Baldwin

My songs are very personal, which means they are fantastically therapeutic to write, but performing them night after night is emotionally draining. -Laura Mvula

As a kid, I was really into performing. I would do choruses, I would do musicals, whatever it was. And then, as a teenager, I got into an acting class at SUNY Purchase for gifted kids, and that really turned me on to material beyond musicals, Sam Shepard, and Christopher Durang plays. -Matisyahu

I started at home as a kid putting on shows and lip-syncing Michael Jackson for the grown-ups. Then, in musicals and plays in school. At 17, I was performing in coffee shops and in parking lots at Phish shows. At 18, I had a band that played local shows in the Northwest. -Matisyahu

Once you step on that stage, to me, that's where I feel most comfortable – performing live. So that's something would do each and every day of my life if I could. -Drew Lachey

I'm very much half-American – my mom is American. I grew up in Australia until I was 16, then I finished high school over here because I got into this performing arts high school. -Betty Who

I enjoy recording and performing, but it's the songwriting that I love most. -Conor Oberst

I've done a lot of action movies, and there has to be a certain amount of emotion in the actual performing of the stunt. It doesn't have to be any particular emotion, but there has to be some life to it, and that's not so easy. -Tom Noonan

I definitely like performing to a crowd that's there to see a female hero. -Natalia Kills

I would like to do things like I did in Tanzania, going somewhere and exploring a theme and investigating as well as performing for those people. -Drummond Money-Coutts

It's always been a dream of mine to be Ginger Rogers or Cyd Charisse, and here I am performing alongside Robert Lindsay and being directed by a major Broadway producer. Who said dreams don't come true? -Samantha Bond

Filming is quite exciting because every day is different, but it can involve long hours standing around in chilly locations. Theatre is a very different challenge because every night you're striving to keep it fresh, even though you might have been performing the same play for months. -Samantha Bond

The only time people get pressured into doing reunions to make more money is when the current lineup is underperforming. And by bringing back the other guy, it increases their draw. -Eddie Trunk

I definitely want to continue acting and performing. -Sabrina Bryan

There are certainly talented instrumentalists coming from India. I see them performing all over the world. -Zubin Mehta

I didn't really start performing until high school. My whole family is actually in the business, and started in the business in Chicago, so I was going to shows when I was a teeny-tiny kid, but I didn't really start performing until high school. -Jessie Mueller

As a cameraman, I was paid to stand within a few feet of Yehudi Menuhin performing. I saw Rudolph Nureyev dancing. I couldn't believe I was being paid for that. -Michael Bond

Ever since I was really little, I loved performing and being up on stage, and being the entertainment. -Olivia Holt

I hated the ballet, but I liked performing. I did 20 shows, and I couldn't get the smile off my face. -Ansel Elgort

I knew that I wanted to be an actor; how to go about it was the question. I went to Australia for my studies; from there I told my dad that I also want to do a course in performing arts, but my father refused. So I completed my studies and came back. But I kept poking him, saying that acting is something that I want to do. -Randeep Hooda

If I weren't performing, there is a real chance that I would be a 'One Man, Two Guvnors' groupie. I think that production is masterful in every way. -Spencer Kayden

I once asked Ozzy Osbourne, truly one of my favorite people in the world, if he was cool with singing Black Sabbath songs year after year, whether he was performing with Black Sabbath or out on a solo tour. He said it was great. -Henry Rollins

I've always known that performing is what I want to do. There was never a defining moment. I just came out that way. -Lisa O'Hare

I was admired by all these hippies, and it was wonderful playing at Monterey and Woodstock, performing for half a million people. -Ravi Shankar

For films, the process is that you work consistently and constantly for 3-4 months and then leave; whereas for a play, you prepare for about a month and then continue performing it for 5 to 6 months. -Satya Bhabha

The rules of game shows limit stuff so much. I remember on 'Money From Strangers,' being in the van – not even performing – and there was a lawyer there the entire time. 'No, you can't give money for that. Yes, you can give money for that. That's a partial answer. That's a full answer.' -Kurt Braunohler

Carly Simon abandoned the stage for seven years after collapsing from nerves before a concert in Pittsburgh in 1981. When she resumed performing, she would sometimes ask members of her band to spank her before she went onstage, to distract her from her anxiety. -Scott Stossel

My mother was Irish; she had this great sense of humor, and both my parents loved films. There was a very vibrant discourse about politics and everything that was going on in the world where I grew up. So I was genetically predisposed to go into the performing arts. -Martin Donovan

Doris Day started performing at a young age, had a tough road to success, and once she achieved it delivered the goods 100 percent and brilliantly, always making difficult work look as easy as breathing. -Robert Osborne

The thing I miss about performing is being with people. -Tim Federle

Everyone's got crazy fans! But honestly, the crazy fans are where it's at, because they know all the lyrics to the songs that you're singing, and they're dancing and having a great time. You can really enjoy performing for them, even more than you can enjoy performing for someone that's not crazy. -Ross Lynch

I did martial arts since I was 10 years old, and I've got as much love for the movies as I have for martial arts, so when I was 18 years old, I started studying performing arts with the eye of getting into the film industry and went to drama school after that. -Scott Adkins

Obesity puts our children at risk of developing serious diseases – such as Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and depression. It keeps our children from performing their best at school. -Kirsten Gillibrand

Any business owner can tell you that if their company isn't performing profitably and up to standards, one of two things will happen: either you make changes to improve its efficiency, or a competitor will drive you out of business. Market forces have a way of cutting to the chase rather quickly. -J. B. Pritzker

I'm in the studio for hours in that tiny little box, and really, the performing part is what I'm most excited about. -Bella Thorne

I went to public school my whole life. It was a performing arts school, so I can't say if it was a typical experience or not, because it's all I know. -Eden Sher

I definitely suffered from stage fright. I had to work really hard to come out of my shell. When I was little, I was very loud and loved performing in front of people. I was fearless. When I hit puberty, I became very shy and self-conscious. -Brianna Brown

I was a dancer first, which made me realize how much I loved performing. -Maddie Hasson

At this point in my life – age 24 – I have chosen a fairly strange path that not many are walking. I am a professional spoken word poet who tours the world performing and teaching. I run an organization called Project VOICE dedicated to using this art form as an education and empowerment tool in schools and communities of all kinds. -Sarah Kay

I would have been a visual artist. When I was in high school, that was one of the things… I had to make a decision what I was going to go to college for, and at the time, I also painted and sculpted. I got more attention for my performing, so I thought that was a better idea. -Josh Young

I love singing and performing. I'm always singing. Even if I'm at school or in the car, I'm always singing. My mom said ever since I could talk, I was singing. -Caitlin Hale

I have a passion for playing tennis and enjoy the workload and struggles of performing in this amazing global sport. -Sania Mirza

I usually write my music on a piano, and I really enjoy performing that way, because that actually shows how the music was in my mind before it actually became an electronic song. -Zedd

A sociopath doesn't warm up their environment, doesn't make it cozy. They don't have to; when they're not performing, when they're not manipulating, when they're all alone, there's nothing. -Walter Kirn

I'm tired of being in a band, but I do want to continue making records and performing, at least a little bit. Making the records isn't always fun. It's fun to be finished with them. Making beautiful things can be quite painful. -Dean Wareham

This is what I believe about performing: There is no reason to be on stage – there is no reason to be there – if you're not going to put all your baggage somewhere else and just be honest. Whatever you're doing – screw it up, do great – just be there, and be honest. That's the most important thing. -Michael Moschen

I always love performing live, and that's what I was doing that started getting me acting parts, so I still find time do it. -Mary Lynn Rajskub

I'm not a summertime guy. The only time I really enjoy the summer is touring and performing because there is nothing else for me to do at home. It's too hot, and you can't farm. You can't hunt. -Blake Shelton

I've been performing since I was very little, about three years old. I was inspired at first by the MTV artists of the '80s and started putting on 'shows' in the apartment, most of them set to Michael Jackson's 'Bad' album. In my mind, there was a full lighting rig behind me… but it was just a couch. -Erich Bergen

My mother asks when I will do some theatre, and there is something about getting your 15 minute call. That is what you become an actor for – performing in front of people and getting the love from the audience. -Jonas Armstrong

I did spend a lot of my childhood playing out movie scenarios in my head. I'd walk along the road, pretending like I was in the army, talking on the radio, and doing maneuvers. I dreamt a lot about performing in movies and living in fantasies. -Gerard Butler

I certainly was performing before my writing was published, because I was performing when I was very young. And the thing is I'm very comfortable on stage, so a large portion of my act did come from ad-libs. -Ricky Jay

I love amazing people. I love dazzling them. That's why I think performing magic is one of the greatest things a person can do. -Ricky Jay

I explain to athletes, you're supposed to be a well-oiled machine. You're supposed to be in better shape than the people watching you. You're supposed to be an unbelievable specimen of a human being. You have to treat your body different while you're performing. -John Salley

I just want to live on the road. I can't understand artists that don't want to perform and, like, get on stage and do their songs for all their fans every night. If I'm not performing every night, I get totally depressed. I know that sounds really weird, but I hate sitting at home and not having a 1 A.M. performance now. It kills me. -Kat Graham

Adapting your own book is like performing open-heart surgery on your own child. -Jonathan Tropper

Productivity is driven at the enterprise level. Better wages, better performing workplaces, are driven at the workplace level. -Bill Shorten

Fiorello LaGuardia saved City Center. The real man saved it, and he made this building into a performing arts venue. -Kate Baldwin

I have been performing and touring and doing shows all over the world. But it's really something special to get back on the U.S. cast of 'Stars on Ice.' It's something I let go because of family commitments. -Kurt Browning

In the music business, I found it was much more about interviews, photo shoots and appearances rather than actual performing, which I do best. -Gareth Gates

I used to go around the country performing. I was in my 20s; I had no fear. But then I had a baby, and all of sudden, your life, your world changes; you change. -Jaime Pressly

I started performing music about the age of 16. I lived in Brooklyn, New York, and this thing called the Flatbush Fair comes once a year. That was my first time on stage. -Theophilus London

I haven't been to many music events where somebody was performing and it actually made me cry. -Robbie Robertson

One day, when I was still living at home, a friend told 'Texas' Jean Valli about me. She was originally from Syracuse, N.Y., and lived in New Jersey but sang country. One night, she had me come up on stage where she was performing. I sang 'My Mother's Eyes,' and she was knocked out. -Frankie Valli

My family background is Mexican, and I was born in Chicago. It's pretty much family tradition every time we get together for Christmas and major holidays to sing. Our family time is centered around the food and a little bit of performing for one another. -Ailyn Perez

When I was 9, I auditioned for an arts school in Toronto with a few of my friends. The sole reason we auditioned was that we found out you got to miss a couple days of school to do the audition. Without actually wanting to go to arts school, I accidentally got in. My parents encouraged me to try it, and I ended falling in love with performing. -Jake Epstein

When I was 12, I played the Artful Dodger in Cameron McKintosh's production of 'Oliver!' when it came to Toronto. Just getting the role shocked my whole family, and I don't think I realized until then just how much I loved getting up in front of people and performing. -Jake Epstein

The very first concert I ever went to was a Green Day concert when I was 12 years old, at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Ont., and I remember right after seeing them perform I started a band, and I wanted to get up in front of people and start performing. Ten years later, to be on the Green Day 'American Idiot' tour is really awesome. -Jake Epstein

I stopped performing because I don't have the temperament of a performer. You have to want to do the same thing over and over again. Once I got it right, I didn't want to do it again. I always use the analogy of a novelist who has to read his novel in public night after night. I just didn't want to do it. -Tom Lehrer

When I'm not working, I'm on the road with my band. Or I'm performing in poetry houses doing spoken work. So I've got another passion and another outlet that allows me to be creatively fulfilled and not sitting at home pulling my hair out waiting for the right role to come along. -Malcolm-Jamal Warner

I play-acted and started performing, which just logically led to doing it in school, which led to studying it in college, which led to auditioning to the showcase in New York. And then I had an agent, and I was an actress. -Mamie Gummer

I think that everybody's worked on shows where you feel like maybe a divide has happened between the talent and the crew. Those are the hardest jobs to do your best in, because as you're performing, you're aware that the people around you, because they haven't been afforded the respect that they deserve, they're not as invested. -Jessalyn Gilsig

I came from a really musical family. I studied classical piano because my grandparents were piano teachers, but started doing musical theater at age nine in Fresno, California, and went to a performing arts high school. That was my life. -Audra McDonald

I did musical theater, and I did dancing for what it was at the performing arts high school that I went to. I went to a school where I was there on a scholarship. So I think when you're on a scholarship, you always work a tad harder, or you want to work a tad harder than the next person. -Cassie Ventura

I basically started performing for my mother, going, 'Love me!' What drives you to perform is the need for that primal connection. When I was little, my mother was funny with me, and I started to be charming and funny for her, and I learned that by being entertaining, you make a connection with another person. -Robin Williams

I enjoy performing for heavily armed people. It's easier than going to Georgia. -Robin Williams

I'm in love with the entire industry and every aspect of performing and directing, even writing, and I love working with acting students. -John Callen

When you start performing, you realize that you have to separate yourself from the pack. So I would never wear bell-bottoms, which everybody else was wearing. I had short hair – and to see a 21-year-old guy walk onstage without longish hair was, in itself, weird. Every entertainer needs a shtick. -Loudon Wainwright III

You don't have to be a member of the New York Psychoanalytic Institute to figure out that when you title a memoir of your parents 'Them,' you're performing an act of distancing. -Robert Gottlieb

I did a 'Last Comic Standing' audition in 2006, where you're just performing for three people in a comedy club, in a big comedy club, and I remember them cutting me off, asking about my name in the middle of one of my jokes. Yeah, it's just real weird when you're doing stand-up in that type of sterile, unnatural setting. -Hannibal Buress

The adrenaline of performing on stage to a crowd – there's nothing like it. -Shane Filan

My job during the EVAs, the spacewalks, is to act as the inside coordinator. I remain on the aft flight deck of the shuttle, and I act in a manner to help the gentlemen outside, my fellow crewmates, who are performing the EVA tasks. -Alan G. Poindexter

I look up to Andrea Boccelli and Sarah Brightman. The best part about 'America's Got Talent' was performing with her! -Jackie Evancho

When I finished performing 'I Won't Give Up' for the first time, I opened my eyes, and I think there was maybe six people in there when I started, and when I finished there was about 30 people, all standing around with their jaws dropped in complete silence. I said, 'Okay, I think this song has some power to it.' So coffee shops work for me. -Jason Mraz

I have always been a martial arts fighter; it goes to back when I was eighteen. I was competing on the circuit, but when you're performing, you tend to pull punches because you don't want to hurt anyone. -Jason David Frank

Do people ever ask me to say 'Wow?' Never in interviews, but a few times on the street. I don't do it. I try to get away from them as quickly as possible and explain that I'm not a performing seal. -Hannah Murray

Life does not measure up to performing… Performing is perfect. -Joan Rivers

We've taken some performing arts schools on the set of 'Breaking Bad.' -Steven Michael Quezada

I don't gamble anymore since I had a kid. I have fun in Vegas. I see shows, Cirque du Soleil. Don Rickles was in town last time I was there. I'll have lunch with George Wallace. I just look in the Weekly calendar and see who's performing, and inevitably, we all meet up late night at one of the casinos. Jesus, I sound boring. -Greg Fitzsimmons

Unless the clients want, I don't like to have dancers for my shows. I prefer a rock show look and like performing with a live band. -Shaan

When I was little, I was very loud and loved performing in front of people. I was fearless. When I hit puberty, I became very shy and self-conscious. I still get nervous sometimes before shooting and definitely before big auditions. -Brianna Brown

Yes, yes, theater in general is just going to always be my first love, performing for a live audience. -Megan Hilty

Being in a recording studio is a very different feel from performing onstage. I mean, obviously, you can't just go in and do what you would do onstage. It reads differently. -Megan Hilty

Somewhere during the 'Next to Normal' Broadway run, I found myself learning more about myself onstage than in real life, and I truly realized the beautiful, tremendous, extraordinary gift that is performing. -Jennifer Damiano

I like the feeling of not knowing where to look when you are only performing for one person or watching someone practice. It creates this kind of a strange in-between, which can be mirrored in the feeling of making a painting. -Dana Schutz

When you're performing, you're playing to the back row. With acting, you have to be more nuanced. -Bill Hader

I wear and have worn scarves my entire life while traveling, working out, and now sometimes while performing, and not just on my head – I wear them around my neck and on my bag. -Estelle

I'd love to do more theatre and acting. I attended a performing arts high school in London, and it would be great to be able to put all of that training to use again. -Derek Hough

Maybe I just wasn't a show-biz type. I didn't miss performing at all. -Gabe Kaplan

Don't forget there are two sides to performing. Finding the truth, but you also have to be transparent enough for the audience to see it. How many times have you seen a performance and thought: 'Well, it seems to be meaning a great deal to you but it ain't coming across to me?' It is to be shared. -John Hurt

I've been playing music since I was 12. I love performing live. -Jonathan Jackson

I was painfully shy, so my aunt suggested to my mum that me and my brother go to Stage 84, a performing arts school in Yorkshire. I've probably romanticised it in my head, but I seem to remember that in the space of an hour's drama workshop, I was transformed. I went in really shy, and I came out full of confidence. -Christian Cooke

Songwriters aren't always performers, and even performing songwriters aren't always the kind of show-biz performers you think they'd be. -Lyle Lovett

My roots are on the live performing stage, so while I enjoy making films and the other things that I do, when I get on stage, I feel at home; I'm comfortable. -Gregory Hines

When my brother and me got into performing in the late '40s and early '50s, it was a sensational opportunity to learn from our elders. Every show we played had a dancer, a comic, a juggler, a singer, an acrobat. I came to appreciate virtuosity in all forms of the business. -Gregory Hines

It's all about the mood I'm in and the scene I'm writing. 'Cause work controls my life, writing controls my life, performing controls my life. So I don't listen to any music that's not an influence on what I'm working on that day. Music is a big influence in my work and sometimes drives the energy of where I want to go. -Lemon Andersen

For the last 15 years that I have been performing, all I ever wanted to do was transcend poetry to the world. See, it wasn't enough for me to write a book. It wasn't enough for me to join a slam competition, and while those things hold weight, it wasn't the driving force that pushes the pen to the pad. -Lemon Andersen

People are beginning to realize that it's important that we see animals in a natural state – but through film, through video, through documentaries, at wildlife preserves, and through other humanely protected ways, which don't involve… performing for us. -Montel Williams

I think that now that we are seeing multimedia types of productions with videos and pictures and human beings performing the acts that animals used to perform, such as in Cirque du Soleil and other traveling troops, there is no need to parade animals around anymore in cages for personal gratification. -Montel Williams

Ninety-eight percent of the singing I did was private singing – it was in the shower, at the dishwasher, driving my car, singing with the radio, whatever. I can't do any of that now. I wish I could. I don't miss performing, particularly, but I miss singing. -Linda Ronstadt

It's true: theatre has been part of my life for as long as I can remember. I always liked everything about it. As a child, I used to get so excited about performing, I'd get the giggles. -Hattie Morahan

If you count my childhood appearances in a few TV shows and being the son of two well-known actor parents in the U.K., plus three years of drama school, you could say that I've been pretty much surrounded by the business of acting and performing my entire life. -Linus Roache

Most stand-up comics relish performing 'in one' – solo. They like the autonomy. -Jason Alexander

I went into performing for the community. Being backstage with your company of fellows is the best part of working in live theater. That energy, that combined focus, the synergy – it's addictive. -Jason Alexander

I do have the odd dream where I'm on stage and I've completely forgotten what I'm meant to be performing – so they are more nightmares than dreams. -Kate Bush

I had a stammer through adolescence. Any fun I'd had performing in school plays disappeared and only came back at 18, when the stammer started to go. Then I thought: 'Well, perhaps I can show off now.' -Charles Dance

I started dancing ballet when I was very young, so my background really is dance. But I remember loving the feeling of being on a stage and having a love for performing from a young age. -Caroline Sunshine

I think of myself as unconventional, I guess. I maybe always had a problem with authority, like a stubbornness about what's expected – despite wanting to get some recognition through performing – but also not always wanting to do the expected thing. -Kim Gordon

I am basically a shy person, so performing sometimes helps me focus – having all those people concentrate their attention on you. I don't see it so much as becoming another person onstage; it's more exploring a different side of your personality. -Kim Gordon

As Mick Jagger will tell you, performing is an aerobic work-out. I've got the bass guitar, which is the heaviest of all the instruments, and I'm a little girl, in boiling-hot leather under the lights. You have to keep the fitness level up if you want to look good up there. -Suzi Quatro

It was in India that I started my acting career, courtesy of my parents, long before I set foot on stage in England. They headed a company of travelling players performing Shakespeare up and down the land. -Felicity Kendal

Musicians make up for the copies of their songs that get pirated by performing live. I don't think there will be as many people showing up to hear me read as to hear Beyonce sing. We need to make sure piracy is dealt with effectively. -Scott Turow

I still enjoy performing, whether it's in front of two people or 2,000 people, but it's not fun once you leave the big show. -Jake Roberts

When I am performing live, I walk into a room, and I just try to get a feel for the vibe, and I am coming from different angles musically. I might come with a new song, I might come with some hip-hop, with some R&B. Once I find my way, then I am hitting you, and hitting you all night. -Grandmaster Flash

I combined theatre and films with live TV, such as 'The Royal Variety Show,' performing sketches opposite Bob Hope and Maurice Chevalier. -Shirley Eaton

The objective of the customer is not being met if the fund managers are diversifying their assets into hundreds of businesses. If they do this, they are typically performing close to the indexes. But that's not the way wealth is created. -Michael Lee-Chin

I just love performing so much, and I threw myself into every musical theater production that was going in my home town and at school. And then, I went to the National Youth Music Theatre, which was really a galvanizing experience for me when I was 17. -Gugu Mbatha-Raw

I find a similarity between performing music onstage and acting – a reality of emotion. -Miyavi

I thought acting was what grownups did. It was such a part of my childhood. I was already in love with performing before I knew there were other options. By then, it was too late. -Katherine Waterston

When I act, I feel like I am a color in someone else's painting – I can be the best blue that there is, but I'm still only part of their entire picture – but, with music, when I am performing with Reserved For Rondee, I am the painter, you know? -Billy Magnussen

I never get tired of performing to people who want to hear me. Hell, that's my handshake to the world. I'm doing just what I've wanted to do since that day I was 15 and heard Lenny Breau play the guitar. -Randy Bachman

I believed in the concept of over-performing. I believe anyone can achieve their goals in life if they over-perform, and that means you have to work ten times harder than anybody you see. -Stephen J. Cannell

Writing songs with Brian and performing them with Al Jardine, Dennis Wilson, Carl Wilson, David Marks, Bruce Johnston and many other brilliant musicians over the years is my legacy, and something of which I am very proud and protective. -Mike Love

The international travelling gets harder as I get older, but when I'm performing on stage, it makes it all worth while. -Bonnie Tyler

I'm a Buckeye at heart. I spend more time giving concerts in Ohio than I do in any other state – perhaps more time than I spend performing anywhere else in the world. I have a great relationship with the people of Ohio, and it's great to be near the OSU when I come to Columbus. -Al Jarreau

It's tricky, performing the show live. Because when you're in a big auditorium, in front of 700 people, the natural tendency is to want to talk louder. You want to project. -Ira Glass

You get into this situation, performing for T.V., where you have to speak with utter sincerity. It's just like the radio. You have to say it like you mean it, even though the thing you're saying is actually planned out. -Ira Glass

For us, it is all about breaking the boundaries between different genres of music and combining different styles of music and performing what we are passionate about. We are so lucky that we can experience both worlds: the more intimate classical world and the wild and crazy world of rock n' roll. -Luka Sulic

Acting was merely a pastime; I wanted to make films. But theatre, ah – now that was a labour of love. Can there be anything better than performing without retakes and cuts, in front of people you can see, hearing them breathe in the darkness of the hall? -Kabir Bedi

It's true that my research expertise is in biology: for example, the Ebola virus, the Marburg virus, and monkey pox, and not bacteriology as in the case of the anthrax organism. It's also true that I have never, ever worked with anthrax in my life. It's a separate field from the research I was performing at Fort Detrick. -Steven Hatfill

I've always been one for show business. I like performing, and I used to get criticized for having production value. But now it's all that! People need to get what they pay for! Otherwise, just listen to recorded music. -Barbara Mandrell

Stunt work offers a diversity of roles and, while I'm used to anonymity, I really like showing off and performing in front of camera, though I know my limitations. -Joel Edgerton

I'm getting older; you realise you are on the countdown of what you are doing, so performing means more than it ever did to me. -Joe Cocker

I've been performing since 1955. I'm going to have to keep performing till I die because I'm not going to die in some rocking chair with a big ol' beer belly. -Dick Dale

I'm not one of these guys who is dedicated to playing or performing – that's just one facet of my life. -Dick Dale

In my early performing days, I played gigs under the pseudonym Whitey McFearsun. I painted my face blue, wore crimson lipstick, and strung on some tight silver latex pants. -Shawn Amos

No one knows what the top-performing asset class will be next year. Lacking this prescience, your next-best solution is to own all of the classes and rebalance regularly. -Barry Ritholtz

I started putting a wire up in secret and performing without permission. Notre Dame, the Sydney Harbor Bridge, the World Trade Center. And I developed a certitude, a faith that convinced me that I will get safely to the other side. If not, I will never do that first step. -Philippe Petit

I have been performing in the street for more than 50 years: magic for basically 60 years, and the high wire 45 years. The beauty of it is that it's never the same. It's never easy. And yet, part of my art is to make it look easy. -Philippe Petit

I've been arrested many times for illegal high wire walking and illegal street performing. -Philippe Petit

I've been performing my whole life. My mom signed me up for a theater program when I was five – I was the evil queen in 'Once Upon a Mattress.' -Lilla Crawford

I want to be like Sutton Foster, Kristin Chenoweth or Anne Hathaway and do everything that has to do with performing. -Lilla Crawford

When I get older, I want to be a Kristin Chenoweth and Sutton Foster – you know how they do all of it? I just want to do anything that has to do with performing. -Lilla Crawford

I do love live performing, but I'm not a stand-up naturally, and I don't like the lifestyle of working just in the evenings at clubs and stuff – not a natural gig-er. -Amy Hoggart

There has to be an interaction of musicians on stage. Otherwise I feel too alone up there. When performing is really good, when it really works, maybe once every 15 shows, it's very special, and you realize that's why you do it. -Dave Gahan

The thing that attracted me to acting the most was I always felt quite unsure or insecure as a kid, and for some reason, when I got to perform these lines and characters, I felt safe. There was this confidence and excitement from performing that I loved. -Christie Laing

I always liked performing in front of my parents' friends. My dad bought me a karaoke machine, and I would put on a Michael Jackson song like 'Thriller,' and I would come out with, like, a hat and a jacket, and, like, moonwalk in my socks, so I was always performing. -Nolan Sotillo

I like performing live more than anything. I get a little bit afraid in the studio. -Valerie June

I'm from the Bronx, so I am looking forward to performing before my homies. I'll keep it live in the house. -Big Bank Hank

I always loved performing and being on stage. -Tove Lo

I love performing. The more I do it, the more I grow into it. -Chet Faker

I started performing when I was 9 or 10, doing magic. -Matt McGorry

I don't think when I'm doing music. Things just happen. I've even taken my clothes off while performing. But then I'm so shy that I can't even take my clothes off in the dressing room, even though it's just the other guys in the band in here with me. It's really weird. -Daron Malakian

Painting is such an individual profession. I'm not performing. There's no audience. -Jamie Wyeth

Going from someone playing 15-people venues to performing at the Grammys, it was this giant leap and sort of showed me it was possible with what I wanted to do and the kind of music I wanted to write and artist I want to be to impact a lot of people. -Mary Lambert

As an Indian, you feel easily connected with certain histories in places like Indonesia, where one sees, because of the presence of the Hindu-Buddhist past, Hindus still living there or Muslims performing rituals that are instantly familiar. -Pankaj Mishra

If there's a woman who is exhibiting her femininity or performing her femininity, it's always seen as meant to pull in the male gaze. -Jill Soloway

I was working at a non-profit for five years. But I could always create music after work. All throughout those years, I was writing songs and recording music and performing around town. -Jussie Smollett

I even get tired performing standup, which is normally a low-impact exercise in futility but looks hard the way I do it. That's why I take a lot of breaks, often stopping in the middle of a joke to catch my breath, or blame the crowd for not laughing before the punchline. -Andy Kindler

I do actually like performing to a live audience. I like the response. I do a lot of Doctor Who conventions now, and the reason that I do them is that there is a live audience I can get to directly. -Sylvester McCoy

I'm a performer and have managed to get my performing into the mainstream consciousness of the world, I guess. -Flea

It's all performing; that's what we do in life. We talk, we look, and we hear, and we listen. Your life is a performance. -Seymour Cassel

While I love musical theater, it wasn't the right fit for me. It's so competitive, and I was at such a disadvantage, having started performing when I was 17. -Jack Falahee

With music, you're really showing someone a piece of your soul. You're saying, 'This is mine. I wrote this, I made this, I'm performing this. This is how I'm presenting it to you.' There's something really scary about that, but there's also something next-worldly about it, too. -Alexandra Shipp

LaGuardia High School is a place of acceptance. You have every type of kid there, performing. The outcast girl would not have been made fun of in my high school. -Ansel Elgort

American companies based in Scotland employ large numbers of people – in fact, we are the best performing part of the U.K., outside London and the southeast of England when it comes to attracting foreign direct investment. -Nicola Sturgeon

Underperforming hospitals or units should accept that they have to improve the service they offer or that patients, quite properly, will go elsewhere. -Andrew Lansley

I missed singing. I missed performing in a nightclub. -Tamara Tunie

I took the whole college prep trajectory, and then in my senior year of high school, I decided that performing was something that I had always done as a kid, and I loved it… I said, 'This makes people happy when I do this, I feel good, I get to pretend and explore other areas and learn so much'. -Tamara Tunie

I come from a family rooted in the arts, so I think I naturally gravitated towards performing from an early age. -Juliet Rylance

I still feel I belong to the theatre. There is nothing more challenging and exciting for an actor than performing before a live audience. The stage is the real testing ground for an actor. -Anupam Kher

If, by any chance, I get to perform, then it would be a great honor for me. Especially because performing in the Olympics in your country doesn't happen to many skaters. -Kim Yuna

I am performing this role of the artist and this role of the 'negress' coming into a white-box institution. It's kind of a self-appointed role: the self-designated negress. -Kara Walker

When I was in first grade, the kids called me 'fatso.' It hurt, but the way I overcame it was to outrun every kid in the class. So I developed a thick skin, and athletics became my way of performing and being accepted. -Billy Casper

Social media websites are no longer performing an envisaged function of creating a positive communication link among friends, family and professionals. It is a veritable battleground, where insults fly from the human quiver, damaging lives, destroying self-esteem and a person's sense of self-worth. -Anthony Carmona

We have found that the most successful teachers in low-income communities operate like successful leaders. They establish a vision of where their students will be performing at the end of the year that many believe to be unrealistic. -Wendy Kopp

I never knew that I would be performing on talk shows with Sia. -Maddie Ziegler

Dance has definitely made me a better role model.When I'm performing, I'm always thinking about my face and my look. I used to have a much harder time with it. -Maddie Ziegler

At primary school, me and my best friend used to do D.I.Y. assemblies, and we'd do it as many times as we could until we got banned! We used to sing 'Hero' by Mariah Carey; it was, like, my favourite song; we were obsessed with it. We'd do it as a duet, and it's the first I remember performing. -Jess Glynne

Heinrich Heine once imagined the exiled Israelite as a dog who regains his stolen manhood only when he embraces the Sabbath bride. I see western swing performing a similar function in hardscrabble Texas, turning dirt-poor hired hands into Dapper Dans with magic feet at the Saturday night hoe-down. -Clive Sinclair

My dad's paternal grandparents were musically inclined. And I remember as a little kid going to visit them in their senior building, and they were, like, the stars of the building, especially hosting and performing in their senior talent show. -Aaron Lazar

I've always been excited at the idea of performing a solo show. -Aaron Lazar

You can learn everything that there is to know about the industry or the player from the company that is performing better or worse. -Barry Sternlicht

In about 9th grade, an English teacher told me I had a talent to act. He said I should audition for a performing arts high school, so I did on a whim. I got accepted. Then I got accepted at the Julliard School, and by then, I was serious about it. -Ving Rhames

Most of us remember Nat King Cole as a vocalist. His warm, grainy baritone is still so closely identified with such familiar ballads as 'Stardust' and 'The Christmas Song' that it's hard to imagine anyone else performing them. -Terry Teachout

The power of network television is amazing. I've been performing for years but have been seen on only a few episodes of this show, and people spot me in public now all the time. They say, 'Hey, aren't you on 'Nashville'?' Most locals seem to really appreciate how authentic the show is. -J. D. Souther

I started performing as a stand-up comedian on my own in the mid-1990s. -Mark Billingham

I think the main thing you measure your success by is what you do in comparison to your opposition. If you're in an industry where you're the leader, then you're performing very well. -Gerry Harvey

Broadway is obviously a dream come true, but audiences everywhere continue to make performing a blast. -Rob McClure

I double majored in English education and theater with a musical theater minor. Teaching is the only thing that makes me as happy as performing. -Rob McClure

When it comes to referring to Dickens's life, performing plays with your nine children for friends and family during Christmas is Dickensian. -Matthew Pearl

My progression into acting was pretty slow. I was constantly performing in different kinds of small shows. One year I would be in a magic show, the next year in a circus show, then a small play, and then a dance show. -Roberto Aguire

I have spent my career making a difference with underperforming assets. -Michael Heisley

It's taken me other places, but it was the impulse to write that led me to singing. I'm not a musician. I never thought of performing in a rock n' roll band. I was just drawn in. It was like being called to duty – I was called to duty, and I did my duty as best as I could. -Patti Smith

Get to know the job intimately that you're applying for. Don't just read the job description – study it and picture yourself performing every task required of you. When you interview, framing your responses so that you reveal your significant knowledge about the job gives you a massive advantage. -Travis Bradberry

As a young writer, I learned a lot about grammatical structure from reading plays, from performing the plays. I think that was a wonderful apprenticeship. -Jennifer Haigh

I think in 2016 I'm going to focus on performing a lot more and doing as many shows as I can. There's plans to tour more, and that's where my heart is – doing the live shows. -Tori Kelly

It's a Stanley Cup thing. The boys mangle one another for a series, performing all kinds of nasty tricks, then they make nice, shaking soggy hands as the teams shuffle in opposite directions. -George Vecsey

I'm the youngest of three sisters. We were always performing plays for each other. -Sarah Snook

Music has been a huge passion of mine ever since I started playing the piano at age 3. Going to concerts, performing on my own, and listening to my favorite artists growing up confirmed that love for music and made me want to pursue it as a career. -Daya

I have been taking voice and singing lessons since age 10 and originally got into it because I was really interested in musical theater. After writing my first couple of songs and performing at age 14, I knew that I really wanted to be a singer. -Daya

Writers and musicians are very similar in that the chances of making a life in either field are so infinitesimal. And once you're in, the chances of staying viable are difficult. But there is something incredibly different about performing in front of a live audience, as opposed to sitting at your desk typing. -Stacey D'Erasmo

Dr. Esserman, who directs the Carol Franc Buck Breast Care Center, is one of only a few surgeons in the United States willing to put women with D.C.I.S. on active surveillance instead of performing biopsies, lumpectomies or mastectomies. -Katie Hafner

I want to continue to remain present and grateful each day that I get to be doing what I love. Making and performing music I believe in. -Rachel Platten

I'd faced a lot of rejection from labels and the industry, and it was getting hard to keep believing in myself. But something wouldn't let me – inside – I had this voice that was relentlessly hopeful, and honestly, I just loved performing and writing too much to ever really quit. -Rachel Platten

I'm addicted to the adrenaline of performing, and I think when you're used to having that high, you look for it in other things. -Joshua Bell

I love pressure in a different sort of way; I enjoy the pressure of getting out and performing for the public. Being compared and judged doesn't seem quite right to me. -Joshua Bell

So much of performing is a mind game. You're memorizing thousands of notes, and if you start thinking about it in the wrong way, everything can blow up in your face. -Joshua Bell

I get such joy out of performing for people, and you can tell whether they like you or they don't like you the minute you walk out on the stage. And they don't even have to tell me that they had a good time. I know they had a good time. -Darlene Love

Magic is really performing special effects live. -Michael Carbonaro

When I graduated, I was director of my school's sketch comedy group, and I knew that I wanted to be writing and performing my own sketch comedy. It kind of made me want to do my own one-person sketch group. -Rachel Bloom

When I grew up, the thing boys would do during the summer is work tobacco because it was a cheap product back then. I didn't want to do that. From an early, early, early age, I was like, 'I like music. This performing thing comes easy.' And perhaps that's how I ended up doing what I'm doing today. Being a musician. -Maceo Parker

I've always loved performing and, especially, love for the people. That's what keeps me going. -Maceo Parker

I went to this little performing arts school in downtown Phoenix. You had to dance or act, and everyone sang in choir. I started out playing the saxophone, but I always wanted to be in an orchestra. That was a dream as a kid, and there aren't a lot of saxophones in an orchestra. -Kacy Hill

Acting and performing music is exactly the same. Therefore, an actor, for instance, who is very impressive, he's not simply imitating or trying to imitate, but he must dominate this kind of feeling, and then he transmits it in a much stronger way. -Pierre Boulez

I'm a lover of all sorts of music, which makes me a chameleon when it comes to performing anything, whether it's opera or whatever. As long as it's good and it feels good, I'm going to cling to it. -R. Kelly

My mom actually had a band called Six Pack – even though there were seven of them – who went around Chicago performing popular songs. Her voice was like Gladys Knight mixed with Aretha Franklin. -R. Kelly

Every day, in every city and town across the country, police officers are performing vital services that help make their communities safer. -Eric Schneiderman

There are very few things that I love more than being on stage and performing, but more than anything, I want to be a positive role model for teenage girls. -Lindsey Stirling

I feel like when I'm on stage and when I'm performing – or I think when anybody is developing their talents and sharing it – I think you glow. -Lindsey Stirling

There are so many things that can go wrong while performing. I've had violin strings break; I've had pants that were slowly falling down, and I'd have to pull them up in between every song; my hairpiece was falling out, so a big chunk of hair was just flapping around as I danced, and I've completely fallen on my butt. -Lindsey Stirling

We'll be reporting music news every week and have real bands coming and performing on 'MyMusic,' interacting with the fictional cast as though they were real. -Benny Fine

I hate performing on live television. It's so scary, because, if you screw up, you don't really get any retakes. So when I do television shows now, having been on 'Idol' really helps me mentally to just kind of take it all in. So I learned a lot from it. -Phillip Phillips

I had no idea who I was when I started. I was frightened to death and had no natural performing skills. -Garry Shandling

I still get a little nervous before performing. You don't want to forget a lyric; you don't want to make a mistake. I still get butterflies. You can try to judge an audience, but you can only really judge things by the applause. -Tony Bennett

I really just love reading. It's my favorite thing, performing my poems live. Reading by reading, I just kind of follow my nose. -Eileen Myles

I'm used to writing and performing my own material; doing someone else's is refreshing. -Rhys Thomas

Basically, Aristotle believed that every time you behaved unkind and immorally – performing actions your soul was not proud of – you tarnished your soul. The worst shape your soul became in, the worst shape your mood and spirit. -Karen Salmansohn

There are no taking days off. There are no distractions. If I had that, I physically wouldn't be capable of going onstage and performing live theater. It's extremely demanding. I have to be in ballet class every day. -Misty Copeland

I used to hate performing in front of anybody, but I was forced to sing in front of family, at family gatherings. Then it slowly developed, and I started to love it. -Fleur East

I'll never stop acting, but music is another passion of mine. I just love creating projects in the entertainment field and performing onstage or in front of a camera. -Katherine McNamara

When I was little, I always wanted to grow up to be like Jessalyn Kincaid and Vanessa Severo. They showed me how much joy performing can give you. -Katherine McNamara

'Just Can't Let You Go' is a song about passion. It's when you have such a strong passion and love for someone or something that your heart just can't let it go. Whether it's a special boy, girl, or that feeling you get when performing on stage or playing a sport. For me, my passion is music. I just can't let it go! -Manika

When you're performing, you just have to keep pushing through. You're human, and you're going to make mistakes. I think even Beyonce has tripped on stage, and she's Beyonce! We're all human beings, and sometimes we trip in our high heels! I barely perform in high heels. I don't know how those girls do it. -Megan Nicole

If you can't stop singing as you walk through the halls of your house, or you love performing in your local talent show, YouTube is such a good platform to share that side of you. It's a place for people who have passions, and the audience is people who appreciate those passions. -Megan Nicole

I was always lonesome. The only time I felt accepted or wanted was when I was on stage performing. I guess the stage was my only friend: the only place where I could feel comfortable. It was the only place where I felt equal and safe. -Judy Garland

I'm not going to play gigs as Jamie xx. I'm just going to DJ. I'm not comfortable performing my songs on a stage. It's not something I think I'm particularly good at. -Jamie xx

Jazz is a hard music, and you have to really work hard and also have fun performing; that's the most important thing. -Joey Alexander

I'm always about trying to fill a need with what I do in my artistry. There is definitely a need in the performing arts world for a movement to come along that seriously connects with a next generation audience while still maintaining the timeless artistic objectives present throughout the history of the American music tradition. -Jon Batiste

I was a drummer in a group called Three Plus. We were performing at a club in New York, and my mother signed me up for tap classes. I fell in love from the door… so you can blame it on my mother. -Savion Glover

What we're looking for at my school is intellectuals. People who want to talk about the art and be knowledgeable about it. People who want to know the history. Not everybody needs to be performing. -Savion Glover

My show mode is that the dressing room is like going into the cockpit. Going down the stairs is like going on the runway, and once we begin performing, it's flight time. I'm just floatin' on that stage. -Savion Glover

We're all performing for someone. -Rachel Kushner

I love making movies, but there's nothing like performing live. -Dwayne Johnson

Marie Cornelie Falcon, who lost her voice while performing – singing the line 'Je suis pret' – 'I am ready.' How much more tragic can you get? -Alexander Chee

My dad died right after performing at the Friars' roast for Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. I have that tape somewhere. There's still a lot of good jokes in there. I mean, that was 1958. -Albert Brooks

My second year of college, I started performing comedy at an open mic. It was good to do open mics with the kids. It's a good, safe spot to start, you know? -Hannibal Buress

Before I did comedy, I'd freestyle with all of my friends. In high school and into college, I recorded songs with my friends, not to perform but just to play for them. So I've had interest in music for a while. Early on, I'd host a lot of music open nights or hip-hop nights, so a lot of my early experience performing was around music. -Hannibal Buress

My love of performing goes way back. My mom got me on 'Romper Room' when I was five – it was my favorite show. But they couldn't control me. I would run up and smack the camera, and I'd jump around and do my little flips and routines. I wish I could get that tape now. -Leonardo DiCaprio

I love performing in front of an audience. I like the questions; I like controversy. -T. C. Boyle

To be confident going out and performing, I need to be with my son for as long as possible; then I know I'm happy, and he's happy, and I can go out and put all my energy into performing. -Jessica Ennis-Hill

I started training again four months after giving birth, and it was strange not to be fully in control – I'm so used to my body performing at a certain level, but it wasn't. I was like, 'Oh, man, can we go back to where we were, please?' -Jessica Ennis-Hill

Donald Trump is already losing badly to Hillary Clinton. He is a weak candidate, and he's performing that way. -Evan McMullin

I started performing in 1950 at the age of 16 when I joined the Burton Lester's Midgets as a performer. Shortly after, I became a DJ with Mecca Organization before joining Billy Smart's Circus as a clown and shadow Ringmaster. -Kenny Baker

I was definitely Theater-Band Geek/Straight-Up Boss Subgroup C. I was really into band and theater and super into music at the time. I loved performing arts, and that would definitely be my group. -RJ Cyler

To me, the machinima artform has essentially evolved now into the Let's Play streaming world. That's what it is: it's people performing and creating art using video games. It's just more personality-driven rather than story-driven these days. -Burnie Burns

I got very addicted to performing. I just want to do that more. -Katarina Johnson-Thompson

I started out being a stand up and writing my own material. That took me to 'Talk Soup,' where I was writing and performing for TV. -Aisha Tyler

I was crazy into performing when I was younger. I was obsessed with the craft of acting, and theatre, and stage. You know the term 'theatre geek?' I am the extreme theatre geek. -Vincent Rodriguez III

I want my soldiers – I mean artists – to be young and strong, with tireless energy performing impossible feats of cunning and bravura. -Rene Ricard

The American Federation of Teachers has a long track record of working with administrators, parents, and communities to provide real help to struggling students and low-performing schools. We've learned that intensive interventions, proven programs, and adequate resources can transform students' lives and their schools. -Randi Weingarten

Good tests can help teachers determine how their students are performing and identify the areas in which their students need assistance. Like an X-ray, however, tests can diagnose, but they cannot cure. -Randi Weingarten

I like performing in front of big crowds. -D.R.A.M.

I feel more comfortable performing when I'm wearing something crazy. I grew up in the '90s, so I love a choker and platform shoes like the Spice Girls wore. -Jillian Hervey

I grew up always wanting to be a dancer, and when I went to New York, I fell in love with the idea of performing in all ways. I saw myself traveling with a company or making my own work and being a little weird. I wasn't thinking about the business side of anything; I just knew that I loved dancing. -Jillian Hervey

You can do 'Hamlet' while performing cartwheels… as long as the audience sees your eyes – you can make the performance real. -James Dean

Most actions derive not from your own initiative but from your family circumstances, your education, your calling, and so on. You must therefore give up a little time to performing actions which derive from yourself alone. They need not be important; quite insignificant actions fulfill the same purpose. -Rudolf Steiner

In the summer of 1791, I gave up my concern in the 'New Annual Register,' the historical part of which I had written for seven years, and abdicated, I hope forever, the task of performing a literary labour, the nature of which should be dictated by anything but the promptings of my own mind. -William Godwin

I went to a performing arts school, and we studied musical theater, jazz vocal performance, and they kind of start you out on those things because they feel like it is a good foundation, and it was. -Andra Day

I never thought, 'Oh God, I'm in Prince's shadow.' He'd been performing for years, and he was my teacher. -Vanity

Listening to all these different musical genres from all over the world and listening to my father's record collection, the Irish folk influences from home. Of course they're all in there somewhere hiding within the lyrics and melodies. But rap music was the biggest influence on my way of writing and my performing. -Lukas Forchhammer

Our goals, our dreams and ambitions have always been towards performing live music across the globe, and so when we were told we were performing at The Billboard Awards or being nominated for a VMA, they're like extra bonuses. -Lukas Forchhammer

For me personally, my favourite part of performing is just going in the crowd and doing crazy things that they never expected to see. Challenging myself to do new things that I never expected to do. That's the biggest thing for me. -Tory Lanez

Whether it's performing a concert with my quartet or sitting in with my peers, enjoying musical conversations at home with my brothers or hanging and playing choro with my friends – sharing moments in that bright space of music are the happiest times. -Anat Cohen

I think the Apollo has always been the people's performing arts center and reflected the community, whether it is Stevie Wonder or Tito Puente. -Arturo O'Farrill

You're supported by everything in New York if you want to be a performing artist. You come here, you can change your name. You leave home, you come here, you're severed from family obligations – the old identity drops away as soon as you come to New York because you're coming to New York, if you're an artist, to be someone else. -Margo Jefferson

I'm not performing anymore. I reveal myself to the audience. I reveal myself. That's the show now. -Eddie Murphy

I love performing. I love the people. I sound like Liza Minnelli right now, don't I? -Bob Saget

The reason I still love performing is that people my age, a little younger and a little older, show up to relive that thing that made them so happy all those years ago. And as long as they show up, I'll keep on keepin' on till I keel over. -Bill Medley

There were moments that Bobby and I would come offstage after performing in front of 20,000 people and say, 'Wow, how did that happen?' It's been a blessed life. -Bill Medley

When I'm performing music, it's like I'm doing a big improv. -Jeff Bridges

I've been performing since I was a child; my mother would have to pull me aside and tell me that I wasn't onstage. I was a cheerleader, president of choir, and in the school play. -Aja Naomi King

I like audiences and performing and, you know… applause! -Kelsey Grammer

I went with a friend to see Frank Sinatra in Las Vegas, in the last year that he was performing. He wasn't necessarily on top form, but the way he could connect with an audience and the way he communicated through the lyrics was something I hadn't ever really seen before. -Ron Howard

I always have been an entertainer, whether it's been joking or performing for people. And I always thought I had a talent, because I could rap and I could sing, and I did write. And all the other kids were going to college, but I just felt like I had to do this first, and if it didn't work, then I would go to college. -Missy Elliott

The music is fun. The big difference performing it live is that we might get a little more heated, not as subdued, we'll stretch things out more. It's how you stay fresh after such a long time in the business. -John Abercrombie

My goal was always to get better roles, and in my case, performing on stage really led to great opportunities. My breakthrough came when I did Calder Willingham's 'End as a Man' on stage and was spotted by Max Arnow, who'd been the casting chief for Columbia. -Robert Vaughn

I feel sexy when I'm doing what I love – like when I'm singing or performing or something – that's when I feel the most in control and in my element. -Evan Rachel Wood

For a lot of actors, there's a sort of code of honor around playing something other than yourself, which I just don't have. I love feeling like I'm – I won't even say acting out, but performing in some deep seam of my consciousness or my family's consciousness or my past. That's really amusing to me. -Tilda Swinton

I grew up here in New York City and New Jersey, performing on Broadway shows, surrounded by some of my closest friends from the LGBT community. My father, a minister from New Jersey, shaped my view that love is love, that we are all equal. -Nick Jonas

If you're performing music that is not who you are or where you're at, it is painful. It's painful for the performer and for the audience. -Rihanna

People say my world is dark. No, there's a lot of lightness in my world. But I know very well that I'm not normal when I'm performing. -Benjamin Clementine

I'm much more confident performing than I am in social situations. -Cressida Bonas

I don't really understand it: in real life, I'm often so shy – paralysingly so – but when I'm performing, it's totally different. I feel free. -Cressida Bonas

When people are performing in a musical, everybody is intuitively drawn to the right pitch. You don't want to be too broad that people can't relate to it, so it has to have some grounding in the real world. -Josh Gordon

I can interpret my own work honestly. And performing by myself seems to focus the attention in the right places. -Kris Kristofferson

Looking back, I'm surprised I had the nerve to do it, but I'm glad I did. Performing the songs and performing in film was just a part of my personality, just like football and boxing at one point in my life. I was able to lose myself in both of them, and that was a good feeling. -Kris Kristofferson

By high school, I was telling everyone, 'Oh, I'm going to be a doctor when I grow up,' because my dad was always saying to me, 'Pick a career path where you're always going to be necessary.' But by junior year, I was president of choir, I was the lead in the school play, and I just loved being onstage performing. -Aja Naomi King

We judge athletes as if we all don't have trouble performing our various duties from time to time. -David Shields

I loved being on Broadway, but performing has become exhausting, and I just don't want to live in New York anymore. I'm just sick of the competition in New York, the feeling that I always have to rehearse to keep up my performance. I don't feel like rehearsing, even though it should be my favorite thing in the world to do. -Elaine Stritch

When I entered into office mid-recession, my No. 1 focus was Utah's economy. We set bold goals, and we've built one of the best-performing economies in the nation. -Gary Herbert

One of the reasons I picked up the guitar is because I saw a video of Feist performing in Paris. -Yuna

I went to performing arts camp, secretly taking classes – I got the lead in the musical, and my dad was like, 'Wait, I thought you were going here for music and knitting'. -Billie Lourd

One of the beautiful gifts of dance is that you're so in tune with your body so early on. I was very comfortable in my skin at a very early age, performing onstage and wearing interesting costumes. And I give so much credit to my mom – she never made me feel that my costume was wrong, or bad, even when there was not a lot to them! -Jenna Dewan

I think I'm a story-based artiste. So I would opt for the performance-oriented role. I usually go by intuition while choosing a script. Also, I do not analyse my performance, nor do I bother about how my film has been performing at the box office. I personally love challenges and am game for taking up things which I haven't attempted before. -Kajal Aggarwal

It was in 1969, and I thought, wow, you know, I really didn't want to do a TV series. You know, I had my own act, and I was performing in Vegas and doing all of these exciting things. -Florence Henderson

I'm doing a program with NAFME for music and education in schools, and for a week, we will be getting in a bus and traveling across the United States. We're starting at Disney World and ending at the Grand OIe Opry. We will be performing at different schools, and I wrote a song for the program called 'Always Sing.' -RaeLynn

We can never protect the rights by only thinking about our rights. By performing the universal responsibility with a compassionate mind, you can protect your own right and that of others. -Lobsang Tenzin

I've got the sort of personality that requires me to find some sort of release, and for me, it's performing. -Laura Dern

I hope that, somewhere, Mom and Dad are proud that little Walter is performing with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. -Walter Cronkite

When people performing on the public's behalf feel intimidated, it's a sorry affair. -Michael Frome

As a medical doctor and cardiac surgeon, I had the responsibility of performing open-heart surgery on President Spencer W. Kimball in 1972, when he was Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. -Russell M. Nelson

I'm really happy and had such an amazing time performing at Super Bowl – wish I could relive it all over again. -Lady Gaga

I think about Chicago as being a very actor-centered theater town, and people aren't in it to get to the next level, like movies and television. We're there for the love of the theater. So I think it fit right into my particular skill set, which is I love performing live. -Jane Lynch

There's always a pressure on performing the best. -Armaan Malik

Everything that came to me, in terms of the ritzier side of performing, was a plus. -John Hurt

I always wanted to be an actor ever since I was a little kid. I knew that I had to do something related to performing arts, and I enjoyed acting the most as it incorporated so many different art forms. -Ranveer Singh

I was never hungry for this kind of attention; it was the love of performing that got me interested in acting. -Ranveer Singh

I like the mix of stuff I do. I love movies, but I also enjoy performing live and writing songs. -Kate Micucci

I think that's what is so cool about performing. When there is a show to do, you get up there and do it. -Kate Micucci

People don't mind you feeling low if you are still performing. But if you've shared too much, and suddenly your performance dips, that's when they start doubting you. -Gianluigi Buffon

I am not a performing seal. In your writing, you are tapping into the part that is 'the best' in you. But what you are also filters through in your writing your prejudices, your bitterness. I am not a pretentious person. -Twinkle Khanna

It's a big jump from League One, but I'm confident in my ability, and I can't thank the players enough for how they've helped me settle in and for the way I'm performing. -Dele Alli

After so many surgeries, I had to modify my game. I know what I can and can't do in order to keep performing for a long period of time. -Rey Mysterio

I feel like, with how medicine is evolving, something will be out there soon that can help you heal from arthritis. That might be what helps my longevity and pushes me to keep performing. -Rey Mysterio

When I am not acting or performing, I want to keep quiet and not to have a conversation. -Sushant Singh Rajput

For every athlete, it is very important to be able to engage in their favorite thing, give all the best in training, performing in competitions, defending the honor of the motherland. -Fedor Emelianenko

I find that I get most of the same things I loved about performing in the ring when I do my live shows around the world. -Mick Foley

When you walk out of your apartment, you think about performing; you do not think about how your opponent looks. So I think the advice from me to everybody is just to go out there and have fun. -Caster Semenya

I think when you've got a passion for something, it comes out of you, and people can feel it. Then your mind is so geared towards that and how you can improve on it, and you're so excited about performing that it comes together. -Becky Lynch

I was always the class clown, and I think I gravitated toward performing for the attention I didn't always think I was getting at home. -Chrissy Metz

I put my all into performing so people can walk away knowing a bit more about me and feel the passion in my story. -Normani Kordei

Listen, I'm a performer, and all I'm worried about is just performing and just doing… This is what makes me happy, so no matter what, I'm going to give it my best shot, and I'm going to put myself all out there and give it 100%, and whatever happens, happens. -Shanice Williams

I like film, and I like Broadway; I just love performing, so whatever God has for me, I'll be happy to just try it and see what happens because no matter what, if I'm performing, I'll be happy. -Shanice Williams

I'm thankful for performing as long as I am allowed. -Chuck Berry

I didn't know anything about Eliza when I first got the call about 'Hamilton.' Tommy Kail, the director, asked me if I wanted to be a part of it. I knew what he was talking about because I'd seen the video of Lin performing it at the White House for Barack and Michelle Obama. -Phillipa Soo

I love the writing and performing, but everything in between sucks. -Sia

I do not love performing. I get really scared. -Sia

When I was performing the songs on 'Kiss Land,' it was a great singalong. But there were moments where I realized some parts were catchier than the others. There's maybe two choruses on all of 'Kiss Land.' -The Weeknd

I'm not into just one thing; I always felt like I had to have my hand in everything revolving around what I do, whether it's directing videos, making beats, making music, performing. -Travis Scott

Honestly, I'm interested in politics; I'm interested in giving back in some form, performing some sort of civic duty. But I'm not exploring a run for governor or senator or anything along those lines. I'm focused on running Disney. -Bob Iger

For me, I live for performing live because people look at magicians on television, and they always wonder, 'Is it a camera trick?' 'Is it a stooge?' whereas, live, they know there's no set-ups; there's no stooges. -Keith Barry

When I'm performing, I'm not even thinking about the song. I'm thinking about the audience. -Sam Smith

I'm more comfortable performing in front of 50,000 people than five people – it's easier. When there's that many people, I feel like I'm alone. When I perform in front of only a few people, it's scary. -Sam Smith

When I was younger, I used to love the idea of writing songs and performing them live. But that was all I thought about. I didn't think about people getting to know my face. -George Ezra

The magic in performing as an entertaining ventriloquist happens when the characters come to life and the interaction between the separate personalities on stage becomes 'real.' Then don't forget that the act has to be funny, and to me, being funny and entertaining any given audience is more important than anything. -Jeff Dunham

I've always felt like there's a certain amount of doing what I do, and performing and making records and doing interviews and photo shoots and that, that are kind of a necessary evil of getting my music to people's ears to hear. Over the years, I've just become more tolerant of that. -Chris Cornell

I love performing, and if I didn't love it, I wouldn't be doing it. -Jon Pardi

I grew up performing in glee club at my school; I was the ostrich in 'Peter Pan,' and then I was super-involved in church choir and worship leading at my church. So I always loved music and was involved with it, but never really thought it was what I wanted to do until I started writing. -Kelsea Ballerini

A publicly run health care program could compete with private insurance companies, which have a record of overcharging and underperforming. -Adam Cohen

It was an incredible experience performing for the members and attendees at the Diamond Resorts Invitational; it was such an impressive event, and I was honored to be a part of it. -Cole Swindell

Diamond Resorts delivers world-class events and high-caliber hospitality; I look forward to representing Diamond and performing in the 2017 Diamond Resorts Concert Series to help make vacations unforgettable for their members. -Cole Swindell

I started performing in college, but I wasn't writing a lot. -Cole Swindell

Although I have been performing in all sorts of ways and roles since childhood, 'GoT' is my first proper venture onto the screen. -Kristian Nairn

Sleep might be the most important aspect of building a great business, and having a high-performing body. -Lewis Howes

To say I was near our president, performing at the Nobel Peace Prize… I think that's an amazing thing. -Luis Fonsi

When I first started performing, the only community that truly got what I was trying to do was the LGBTQ community. -Kat Graham

I believe that for all of us, there was this one moment in our early life when we started being obsessed about music, somehow feeling how 'big' it is and is what it can give us. For me, this was when I got to be as a 9-year-old on stage, performing in Verdi's Otello in the children's choir. -Ruth Reinhardt

I plan to release just as much music as I can. Movies, I should be working on a cartoon, reality show, everything. Everything I could do, like a clothing line, like a lot of things are in the works. I plan on just performing everywhere. I'm gonna be worldwide! -Astro

Six years after I wrote the first draft of 'Plan B,' I received my first paycheck as a writer. It included both the $3,000 in deferred option money as well as half the fee for performing the initial rewrite. The amount was scale according to the Writer's Guild guidelines, but a lot, according to me. -Lisa Lutz

I've come to realise that being on 'Strictly' is like being in another theatre company and performing a live production. -Darcey Bussell

On any high-performing team I've been a part of, putting mission first, and team before self, was always key to collective success. -Chris Fussell

Usually, when we're performing 'What About Your Friends' or 'Waterfalls' comes on, they all know the dance. It's like a sea of TLC dancers in the audience! It's so beautiful to see. I just love it so much. -Rozonda Thomas

I personally love the record-making more than the actually performing and travelling. It's funny, the drastic shift in lifestyle that comes with it. It certainly satisfies my more adventurous side, but it leaves little time for contemplation and all of that. -Washed Out

I didn't know other children from divorced families, and I was a bit of a lost soul for a while. Then suddenly, I was performing. And it gave me an identity. -Julie Andrews

I was a 200-pound defensive back on Saturday, but after the season, I was performing 'Lysistrata' or 'Fences.' -Omari Hardwick

When I was in 'Billy,' I always knew that I wanted to do something in performing. I always knew that I wanted to have a future in the performing arts. I had no idea that it was going to be acting in movies. -Tom Holland

I went to an ordinary primary school, and then I started performing in a show called 'Billy Elliot' on the West End, and that was sort of my drama school. -Tom Holland

With 'Wagon Wheel,' I loved the visual it painted, and it's a song I can truly say I look forward to performing every night. -Darius Rucker

I've never done this from a standpoint of, 'I want to be famous.' I sing because I love singing. I perform because I love performing. -Ne-Yo

When I've known something is right, the actual doing of it is not scary. It's like being onstage or performing. After it and before it, there might be a lot of fear, but the act of it is never scary for me. -Gayle Rankin

That's when I'm at my rawest. When I'm performing with the band. It's just like the groove is going, whether we're fast or slow, I can just transport myself. -Craig Robinson

I just lost interest in performing. -Taylor Sheridan

When I lived in Paris, I would shop at antique shops and buy these huge coats because I was very cold. And then I started performing in them because I felt safe. I never stopped doing that. -Benjamin Clementine

I just get so hype – I love performing. I love performing whether someone's there or someone isn't there. -Trevor Jackson

My brother and sister were very sporty. They all did rugby. I was very into performing arts. I went to the National Youth Music Theatre. I was one of those singing, clapping children. -Jonathan Anderson

I still love making music. And I still love performing for my fans. I'd like to thank them for sticking with me through thick and thin. -Glen Campbell

Because I started my career in improv, performing with Second City and the Ace Trucking Company, I always enjoy being in situations where – as an actor – you have to think fast & be light on your feet. -Fred Willard

I don't know what I would have done without acting. I officially fell into it around age 6 in a class play that reimagined 'The Ugly Duckling.' My joy in performing was so boundless, you would have thought I'd just won a Tony. -Ari Graynor

If I was performing, I had no pain. But you can't stay on stage 24 hours a day. -Jerry Lewis

Prime Minister Modi keeps challenging the system to keep performing better and better. He sets aggressive targets, and the whole system has to act. -Piyush Goyal

I wasn't properly performing in Canada. I was just starting out, and when everyone starts out, they're terrible. I'm sure there are some Kellyanne Conway videos of me just really dying on a stage. -Katherine Ryan

I grew up with a sister and a younger brother in a house where every evening was spent performing a dance routine in front of our parents with my sister. -Disha Patani

I insist on doing all my own film stunts, although they are often worked out in advance by a stunt man who then advises me on the best and safest method of performing it. -Jean-Paul Belmondo

It took a while of performing and pushing the boundaries and starting to involve the audience to feel comfortable. -St. Lucia

There's a moment of truth that comes when you are performing, and you are all alone. -Frank Vincent

We can't afford to let high performing talent just walk away from our companies without providing an opportunity to work through family needs. -Cathy Engelbert

Ultimately, this is about having fun at work. You want to enjoy your job. You're going to have higher-performing employees. -Cathy Engelbert

'Women on Board' provides a roadmap for high-performing women leaders to join high-performing boards. It is a must-read for every sitting board director, man or woman, and for everyone who aspires to a corporate board seat. -Sandra E. Peterson

I did go to a performing arts school, so that facilitated my creativity, though I ended up going in a more musical direction. -Alycia Debnam-Carey

I think any performing artist can do films, or, as a matter of fact, anybody out there in the street can be a film actor with no experience whatsoever if you've got a good director. -Harry Dean Stanton

I sang barber shop harmony and sort of got into performing. And it just came naturally. Then, when I was in college after the war, I did a play, 'Pygmalion,' by George Bernard Shaw. And from then on, I knew that's what I wanted to do. -Harry Dean Stanton

I love performing for kids, but you can't play down to them, of course. Then it would be 'Captain Kangaroo.' -Rita Moreno

If you do live shows long enough as a comedian, you can still hear that rhythm of laughing. It's ingrained in you, and it's not something you can really teach somebody. It comes from doing hours and hours and hours and years and decades on stage, performing in front of live crowds. -Bill Burr

Everyone in my family is very supportive, and any mention of family in my show is just, in my idea, the funniest version of the family of the guy of who's performing. -Bo Burnham

I love being in a room in front of an audience who cares about the music, who knows the music, and who has lived with the music. It's kind of like an experience you share. I'm on stage performing it, but they're singing the words, too. -G-Eazy

You can tell when someone is reading the lines of a song or performing it. -G-Eazy

I loved entertainment and acting, performing. I just liked the stage and having the spotlight and stuff. -Shawn Mendes

I definitely love performing live because there are moments of spontaneity. And as much as you're performing on stage, I feel like the audience is performing, too. -Carrie Brownstein

I love performing, you know, because, like I say, I'm a ham for this stuff. -Mr. T

When you know that people know who you are, you are always working – and not the work you want to do. You are sort of performing, because you know they are looking – or at least glancing – at you. -Ta-Nehisi Coates

If I'm performing in the United States, I'm able to speak Spanglish, and the crowd comprehends. If I'm in the Dominican Republic or Puerto Rico, then I'm completely Spanish. I feel like a New Yorker that represents all Latinos. -Romeo Santos

I love performing in New York. Just something about the energy that the crowd gives you, you give it back, a lot of interaction. -Romeo Santos

When I'm writing for certain instruments, you want to write within what you know about that instrument but also challenge the player. Something like 'Aheym' is very virtuosic – but because I have a history of performing music, I don't like unplayable music. -Bryce Dessner

I secretly nurtured the idea of being in show business but was always terrified of it. I had every fear you could possibly imagine associated with performing. -Richard Belzer

We are not only one of the largest investment firms but also one of the best performing. -John Paulson

Too many people who come in as CEO of a poorly performing company assume that none of the incumbent executives are worth retaining. That's not always the case. Sometimes the talent is there, but it's not being led well. -Mindy Grossman

I ended up performing one time at BET. I performed my record, like, four times, and the crowd was going super crazy. And Busta just happened to be there; he pulled me to the side and asked, 'Are you signed to anybody?' So we went to the studio a few days later, spoke, and then became business partners. -O. T. Genasis

Normally, when I'm not performing or stealing, I second-guess myself; I have doubts. -Apollo Robbins

I was at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, and I was performing at a show there. Jimmy Carter was going to be coming through with his Secret Service detail. The manager pulled me aside, and they didn't want me to shake Jimmy Carter's hand because they were afraid it would make the news if I stole from him. -Apollo Robbins

One time, I had a guy, when I was performing at Caesar's Palace, and during the course of the show, I offered him an anniversary gift for him and his wife, and it was her watch wrapped in a little package. -Apollo Robbins

I guess I originally got the bug for performing when I was in choirs and school stuff and all that. I don't know when. I guess I decided to do it because a lot of people said I was good, and I liked the attention. -Gavin Creel

I've twice been on the point of giving up my performing career to train for the priesthood. -Stephen Hough

The West Virginia NASA Space Grant took me under their wing and taught me everything about applying for internships, scholarships, and performing research at the undergraduate level. -Emily Calandrelli

I started traveling, performing, doing photo shoots and working on new music. At the same time, I was juggling homework and trying not to miss out on too many experiences during my junior and senior years – like prom and graduation. -Daya

There's nothing like performing in front of a live crowd and just having people literally react to whatever it is you do, and there's nothing better than when you get that connection with the audience. -Nikki Bella

For me, there's one film at a time, and my only benchmark is that my current film should be better than my last one, and I've made sure of that. If you Google the trailer of my first film – which I request you not to – you'll see the vast change in my approach towards my profession and the slow gain of maturity in performing. -Harshvardhan Rane

Typically, it takes young players years to adjust to life in the big leagues and to start performing up to their capabilities. Most of the blame for this rests on these ridiculous old baseball norms that say young players are to be seen and not heard. -Theo Epstein

I think acting is the most difficult one among all the performing arts. -Yo Yo Honey Singh

I realised after doing 'Tanu Weds Manu' that I had become fat and was not performing to the mark. I realised that I had become a terrible actor. I did 'Jodi Breakers,' which did not do well. So, I moved away from the film industry and lived with the common man to know where I was lacking and what do they want from an actor. -R. Madhavan

I've experienced Islamophobic stuff. But I don't care – you can say whatever you want to say about me, but I am who I am. I think that what I'm trying to fight for and what I'm performing for is bigger than any religion, race, creed, or class. -Hasan Minhaj

When I was 9 years old, I started performing around my hometown of San Antonio, Texas. -Ally Brooke

I would do these performances around town at different places, and that's when I really fell in love with performing, and I knew this was something that stood me up and filled me in a way that nothing had and nothing could. I really just fell in love with it. -Ally Brooke

We were in New York, and we were performing at a morning show. This fan literally ran from that studio in the middle of New York City to our airport, which was very far away. That fan ran all the way there to see us, and we were so in awe of that guy. -Ally Brooke

You gain a level of fearlessness performing when no one's there to see you. -Andy Grammer

Street performing can be a great teaching ground and a barometer for what you're doing. It's rough and unforgiving at times, but it can be wild and fun and a real open canvas for your creativity. -Andy Grammer

I love performing with a band way more than a track, just because it gets a whole new kind of vibe going and gets the energy up. You actually get to play off of the other people that are around you. -Lauren Alaina

I love performing for the crowd. Maybe that's what it is. I'm a crowd pleaser. -Laurie Hernandez

I got into performing fairly young and went from, like, a shy kid to a total weirdo. -Thomas Middleditch

Sometimes you go to a show, and you see someone and think they're not there right now. They're performing, but it's muscle memory. There is no memorising some of the ways we put on a show. -Tyler Joseph

We should work towards a legislation to sack non-performing politicians. This may not happen during my lifetime, but I will try for it anyway. -Kamal Haasan

I used to lie in bed and imagine I was performing at the Albert Hall, not that I'd ever been there. I took lessons with a German teacher when I was quite young. But it turned out I had a very high soprano voice, which I didn't like at all. -Anne Reid

Our progress isn't just limited to the operation. Financially, we have been performing well. United's 2015 earnings were one of the best in the company's history, and we made significant progress shrinking the margin gap with our closest competitors, strengthening our balance sheet, and returning significant cash to shareholders. -Oscar Munoz

I love performing, and I love the idea of people buying records. I don't particularly like the idea of people knowing me or thinking they do, but that's a part of what I choose. I choose not to go to college; I choose to be a singer. -Dolores O'Riordan

I would love to see more swings in areas that we haven't explored. I can't necessarily tell you what that is – I think you know it when you see it – but I think we've had a lot of the same-themed shows in broadcast, but those shows are still performing. -Nancy Dubuc

If you play a doctor on TV, you probably shouldn't try performing surgery. -Rachel Brosnahan

It's been really cool to go to places I've never been to around the country and performing for people and bringing a fun show to entertain folks. -Diana DeGarmo

The first music-learning thing that I took seriously was piano lessons when I was a kid. I guess that was probably the only time that I was forced to perform music, because I had piano recitals, and my school also had mandatory music classes that had some performing required. -Frankie Cosmos

My dad was a really funny, really talented guy who had a great success in a limited audience. But from him, I learned that he always felt the audience was entitled to 150 per cent. If he was performing at an event, he'd keep playing until the last person had finished dancing. -Joel Grey

I think with performing, initially I was terrified on stage, absolutely terrified. And I did it again and again and again, and I learned sort of how it works, and then I was able to do it. -Julian Barratt

When I started out, Jay Leno used to say you're not as good as you think you can be until at least your sixth year. I was like, what the hell is he talking about? 'Cause I was in my third year, and I thought, 'I got this.' I kept videos of myself performing, and in my fifth year I watched my third year and realized he couldn't have been more right. -Ray Romano

I got the performing itch. -Bishop Briggs

I have been performing as long as I can remember, so I built my craft. People think I was discovered after the first show I played once I landed in L.A., and it just happened instantly – overnight. The truth is, I was performing wherever I could for five years. -Bishop Briggs

It was only after I'd had some injuries that I basically retired from the performing side of show business and then began working in casting. I did that for 19 years or so before a friend of mine decided to cast me as Phyllis Lapin-Vance on 'The Office.' -Phyllis Smith

In regard to performing, it couldn't be funnier that I ended up being an actor, because I'm really shy. Unless I'm really comfortable with a person. -Dylan O'Brien

I love traveling. I love meeting people. I love performing, but it's hard to be gone and to not have a real life and to just get the emotional love that you need from the people you're traveling with. -Sharon Van Etten

I'm nervous performing because it's such a weird thing to do, standing on stage demanding people's attention. -Sharon Van Etten

If there's anyone out there that looks a bit like me, or just feels a little bit out of place just trying to get into performing, you are beautiful; embrace it. You are intelligent; embrace it. You are powerful; embrace it. -Michaela Coel

I became a very passionate Christian when I was 17. I started writing and performing poetry at different venues across the U.K. I started performing from then, really. -Michaela Coel

I went to Salford Tech. They did a two-year performing arts course. I went there singing and dancing – I had a terrible time. I turned up in green dungarees and German power boots. I was into prog rock at the time – Gong and Hawkwind – and I was clumping around. -Maxine Peake

Every week we have a concert, what we are performing is my favorite music in the world. -Andris Nelsons

When I first started performing, I was a nervous wreck. Honestly, sometimes I felt like I was going to run off the stage. -Aubrie Sellers

Consumers in both emerging and developed markets want it all – high-performing products, the right price, and a purpose that they can connect with. -Paul Polman

We know who are the best doctors, which doctors are performing well. Why are we not giving this know-how to our customers? -Thomas Buberl

As far as dancing was concerned, I always wanted to do it. To actually be performing was thrilling for me. -George Chakiris

I can imagine a future in which we give investors the opportunity to invest not just in the companies Siemens Healthineers or Siemens-Gamesa renewable energy, but also in a high-performing digital industry business. -Joe Kaeser

Stand-up comedians know how to walk into a room, even if you're not performing, just read the temperature of a room, and can easily sort of tell what's going on or what people are sort of feeling in the room, and it allows you to sort of approach people. -W. Kamau Bell

From the moment I saw 'Camelot' as a kid, the organic inclination of performing before a live audience is raw and visceral. Once you're out there, there's no yelling 'Cut!' or any such thing as a do-over because that moment has passed, and you're in it as it's happened and gone, sharing it with everyone. -LaTanya Richardson

Toughening up, performing masculinity, pretending to enjoy things I didn't enjoy all enabled me to dodge the gender policing of the adults around me. But the way I really was – the swished hips, the Double-Dutching, the hair flips – seemed to always prevail and attract Dad's disdain. -Janet Mock

When I was still a student, I came out of a performing arts high school, and the female students who were doing traditional dance and ballet were so beautiful. They were beautiful, starting from their postures. -G-Dragon

I do like performing 'I'll Take Your Man,' because that was a hard song. -Pepa

We'll be in our 60s performing 'Push It' somewhere. Good old 'Push It.' I don't know what it is about that song. -Pepa

By assessing the capabilities and knowledge of students in the highest-performing and most rapidly improving education systems, the OECD's Program for International Student Assessment provides valuable options for reform and information on how to achieve it. -Jose Angel Gurria

When I found skating, it was something that was individual, and it was something that I could focus on being my best. And I loved the whole practice, and I also loved performing. It was probably the first time I felt really good about myself and that I was good at something, because I always liked being athletic. -Adam Rippon

My older sister Celia is an actress as well. She's a little bit older than me. So, in my formative years, she was always performing, and we would always go see her do things. And so, that just made me want to be… like her. Maybe if she was an Olympic swimmer, I would probably be an Olympic swimmer by now as well! -Andrew Keenan-Bolger

My life could have easily gone another way. But I had this one teacher who gave me direction and got me into performing. She got me into touring with an educational play called 'The Inner Circle' along with Pedro Zamora from MTV's 'The Real World.' -Mel Rodriguez

When I go onstage and am performing the way I want to… I finally feel like myself. -Mitski

My mind was so geared towards being a performing artist, singing all these classical pieces, but the sense of loneliness I got when I moved from New York to El Paso meant that writing turned into singing. I'd sing all these songs, and they'd make me feel better. Songs that crafted the way my life was going to go. -Khalid

People in the performing arts have a lot of other skills they don't realize they can utilize, and part of what the Actors Fund program is there to do is wake their head up to realize there are other things they can do. -Brian Stokes Mitchell

Usually, I don't feel comfortable with a character until I've played him before an audience for several performances. It is not until after three months of performing that I learn to discover what I call 'all the nooks and crannies' of the person. -Brian Stokes Mitchell

I'm the chairman of the board of the Actor's Fund. It's an incredible organization. It helps anybody that has made their living in the performing arts and entertainment: actors, singers, dancers, film producers, agents, managers, ticket takers, writers, anybody in times of need or crisis. -Brian Stokes Mitchell

I've been really fortunate that my concert career has taken off hugely. I can make a living. I enjoy performing in front of a live audience, and I can do something different every time. Sometimes I'm with a quartet, sometimes I'm solo, sometimes with a symphony, and I get to go to different cities and meet different people. -Brian Stokes Mitchell

Women aren't driven by or thrilled by outperforming the market. They're much more excited about, 'Can I meet my goal?' -Sallie Krawcheck

Lizzie Magie was a pretty astonishing woman. She was an outspoken feminist, she had acted, she had done some performing, she had written some poetry, and she was a game designer. -Mary Pilon

One of sports journalism's great ironies is that covering an Olympics can be wildly unhealthy. NBC shows athletes in peak health performing on the ice and snow, but not the haggard reporters subsisting for three weeks on stadium starches, cheap beer, deadlines, and little sleep. -Mary Pilon

Everyone at a performing arts schools is weird. The weirder you were, the better. If you weren't weird in some way, they'd look at you and be like, 'Who's that square?' -Justin Simien

I didn't like being out in the limelight. I love performing, but that's it. -Linda Perry

For many comedians, two common anxiety triggers include performing in front of family members and doing brand new material. -Josh Gondelman

I was drawn to performing and to storytelling. -Nina Tassler

My performing inspiration all started at my performing-arts school back in Atlanta. That was the spark that made me want to perform. -Sarah Charles Lewis

I definitely want to keep on doing Broadway. But maybe when I get tired of Broadway, I'll want to move onto some Disney shows or movies or being a pop star. In general, I think I'll stick with performing and acting and singing. -Sarah Charles Lewis

My favorite thing as a performing artist is to get a pile of raw material from a writer who says, 'Will you help me make this real?' There's nothing like starting from scratch. -Alice Ripley

Having witnessed the success of Acadian Ambulance firsthand over the years, I became a champion for the employee stock ownership plan business model. This was easy to do based on the evidence that employee stock ownership plans are reliable, high-performing sources of retirement security. -Charles Boustany

We all remember special days at school, whether it was going on a field trip, doing a science experiment, or performing in a school play. -Charles Best

I feel connected to God when I'm out there performing. -Max Aaron

Whether I'm performing or directing, I'm aways thinking about rhythm; sometimes it's nailing the right rhythm, and sometimes it's intentionally breaking the rhythm. Those two things are what make something funny or not. How long a shot is and where you put the camera are all part of that rhythm of directing. -Jay Chandrasekhar

Formed in 1967 and still performing regularly half a century later, Fairport Convention are Britain's equivalent of the Band. Unlike the latter they have maintained cordial relations. -David Hepworth

My first job out of CalArts was performing monologues at the Women of Faith conferences across the country. -Deborah Joy Winans

I grew up doing tap, jazz, and ballet, so I understand rhythm and movement and performing. -Victoria Arlen

I'm used to performing. I'm comfortable in front of people. I'm never the one who's fighting for attention, but I've always been comfortable. -Anjelah Johnson

I'm not very good at being a performing monkey. -Prince Charles

I don't think you can be a good actor and want to please, because so much about performing and acting is surprising people. -Phoebe Waller-Bridge

We profile drivers based on their riding behavior, driving behavior to make sure we weed out the bad-performing drivers, which are considered unsafe in terms of their driving profiles. -Bhavish Aggarwal

When we look at really good high-performing companies abroad, they are always at the back of an extremely high-performing board, and that is something which is very lacking in this country. -Roshni Nadar

When I was eight, I started what could be considered my first business, performing magic shows in Mexico City. -Daniel Lubetzky

You're always trying to find common ground with whatever you do, but you want to not be thinking about yourself when you're performing a play. The job is getting yourself out of the way and letting the character go about the scenes. -Jamie Parker

I really love a lot of early Sixties R&B, rock n' roll, and I love performing songs that have that power and soulfulness. -Johnny Flynn

As an actress who has performed in theater for over 17 years, my experience performing in 'The Color Purple' has been a truly life-changing journey. -LaChanze

I found that the same things I loved about performing were the things I liked about directing and creating a piece – striking a chord that was in tune with the world and was reflecting back what I saw, just from a different angle. -Michael Arden

Unless we build theater and performing arts, then we're not going to be creating future patrons. We need to make it accessible. -Michael Arden

I was with my band at a karaoke bar in Japan when it was very big there, and they got up and made fools of themselves without practicing properly. I didn't understand why they were doing that. It was like they were making fun of the genre by performing badly. But I didn't get up and sing, so I don't know what it feels like. -Leon Russell

I love performing, and it's important that I do it at my own club, absolutely. It's good for me. It's good for business. -Brad Garrett

I really don't care about stats. I don't care about any of that stuff. I just care about performing each and every weekend and helping my team win ball games. -Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

You have to put more of a well-rounded company together to make it in Canada, and I hope the Canadian market is going to be known for these well-performing, solid companies that people can rely on. -Tobias Lutke

While performing, I can't wear anything that I'm not going to be able to dance in or heels that don't have ankle support. -Kali Uchis

My first reaction to playing at Coachella was like a kid who has no idea of the rules. I just wanted to go have a jam session with my friends. I didn't get that we couldn't just jump on one another's stages while they were performing! -Thundercat

There are those songs that hit you in the gut – when you're the one performing it and you see the effect it has on people, there's something so powerful in that. -Maddie Marlow

The truth is I'm a very traditional woman, and Rod – despite everything people may think – is a very traditional man. It's true he absolutely loves glamour, and he hasn't got a conventional job, but performing aside, he's happiest at home with his kids around him or lounging in front of the fire watching a war documentary like 'D-Day Remembered.' -Penny Lancaster

I grew up listening to all kinds of music. When I came up, you would hear people like Marvin Gaye talking about Sarah Vaughan. You would go to a show and see Ella Fitzgerald performing the music of the Beatles. -Dianne Reeves

Herb Wong was an incredible man. We met when I was performing with Clark Terry at the Wichita Jazz Festival around 1974. -Dianne Reeves

I want to have an empire. I like being in front of the camera, performing – but I would like to get to a place where I'm also executive producing and bringing other people along. People of all different walks of life, highlighting their voices. -Phoebe Robinson

It is like an addiction: I get addicted to performing and touring. I get itchy and think, 'I've got to do this.' -Natalie Prass

I started performing non-professionally at birthday parties and family gatherings doing 'Saturday Night Live' impressions at four. Then I started for real at seven. -Annaleigh Ashford

I think every New York actor's dream is to do Shakespeare in the Park. Each show is so special and unique and diverse because of the elements that we're performing in. Every live show is truly a one-of-a-kind. -Annaleigh Ashford

I don't ever recall being nervous before performing because I've already stepped into the shoes and the clothes of the character. -Paul Heyman

I think the fact that Brock Lesnar is not on the road 52 weeks a year, is not on 'Monday Night Raw' every episode, is not performing 300 matches per year… I think that dictates to the public, 'Brock Lesnar is special.' That an appearance by Brock Lesnar in an of itself is newsworthy. It's not commonplace. -Paul Heyman

My high school was the closest thing to hell on earth that exists. I was around a lot of ultra-preppy, very mean-spirited girls, and they were very cruel to me. I ended up switching schools and going to this performing arts school near Boston called Walnut Hill. -Barrett Wilbert Weed

I started performing with the Boston Children's Opera when I was 5, and I stayed working with that group until I was about 12 or 13, so that was a huge part of my life. It was, weirdly, an extremely professional environment geared towards kids. -Barrett Wilbert Weed

When I was in high school, I was so in love – as I should have been – with the performance aspect of theater and just the literal act of performing. -Barrett Wilbert Weed

I got serious about performing, and I got serious about acting. It's very funny; singing has always been a very separate thing for me – until I went to college. I just studied musical theater because I was like, 'That means I can study voice and acting in the same major, and I won't have to double major.' Now I do musicals for a living. -Barrett Wilbert Weed

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