Robert Pattinson is arguably one of the most renowned actors of our time. From his breakthrough role in the highly-acclaimed film Water For Elephants to his turn as the rebellious and troubled Edward Cullen in the Twilight series, Pattinson’s filmography boasts an incredible array of roles, all of which have contributed to making him one of the most recognizable figures of our time. While some might consider him a film star, others believe that he is a modern-day great who transcends film, moving seamlessly from theater to music to even opera. Whatever your opinion may be, it is undeniable that without a doubt, Robert Pattinson is one of the most intriguing and accomplished figures of our generation.

A Life In Film

For those unfamiliar, at the age of twenty-four, Robert Pattinson made the bold decision to leave Los Angeles behind and move to New York City to pursue his acting career. Despite a hectic schedule that included multiple award-winning performances and a whirlwind engagement to British singer Katy Perry, Pattinson never lost his desire to explore new worlds and engage with talented, like-minded individuals.

As much as we might like to think that Hollywood is the only place to make it as an actor, the truth is quite the opposite. With great opportunities in front of him, including lead roles in major motion pictures, it might have been easy for Pattinson to take the easy road and remain in Tinseltown. Yet, rather than dwell in the past, Pattinson used his celebrity to champion various social causes, most notably, the environment. He is also an outspoken proponent of diversity, particularly in the film industry, and is passionate about helping young people realize their dreams.

Even for those familiar with his work, it is not easy to succinctly encapsulate the essence of Robert Pattinson. However, despite his inimitable charm and magnetic personality, it is possible to distill his essence into a few key attributes. First and foremost, we must marvel at Pattinson’s boundless energy. Wherever he goes, whatever the endeavour, you can be sure that Pattinson is going to give it his all. It is fair to say that he has an abundance of both charm and charisma, as well as an insatiable work ethic. As for his acting talent, it is safe to say that he is a born performer. As William Shakespeare wrote, “no act is wrought, no effect produced, without the whole play. And to keep the play alive, there must be act, after act.” In other words, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. With Robert Pattinson, the whole is truly greater than the sum of its parts. He is not just an actor, he is an institution. He has been acting since he was a child, studied in some of the most prestigious schools, and worked with the finest directors and producers. Yet, he still finds the time to participate in indie films, tour the UK with his band, play sport, and read a book.

New York City Is Where It’s At

When we think of Hollywood, some of the first names that might come to mind are likely to be those of actors. Yet, it was not always thus. In fact, in earlier years, many of the biggest names in Hollywood had never even set foot in the city. In the 1910s, film location scouts scoured the globe, looking for the next big thing, finding fame and fortune in faraway places like Tonga and the Andaman Islands. In the 1930s, the golden era of Hollywood, some of the most recognizable names were Bing Crosby, William Holden, and Greta Garbo. Yet, it was not until the 1950s that Hollywood truly exploded onto the scene, as the city itself became a filming location for popular television shows, providing the backdrop for some of the most iconic scenes.

If you are an actor, it is quite likely that you have at least heard of or visited New York City. Perhaps you have even played a small role in a motion picture that was shot there, or held a small audition there. Few cities are as synonymous with film as New York City. It might be hard to believe, but even now, after over eighty years of filmmaking, New York City is still a mecca for ambitious artists and entrepreneurs, as well as those who just want to make a good living.

The City That Never Sleeps

Whether you are an actor or not, there is no question that New York City is a place that you have to see to believe. Even those who have lived there their entire lives cannot truly appreciate the size and the energy of the city. Those who have spent any significant time there will tell you that it never stops moving, never stops thriving. And that is doubtless true. Yet, that is also what makes it so exciting. There is always something new happening, something exciting, something fun. It might be a Broadway play, an art exhibition, a new restaurant, or a gallery opening. While there is no question that New York City is expensive, it is also incredibly accessible, making it an incredibly desirable place for film professionals, and even those who just want to make a good living.

A Whole New World

Those seeking adventure, excitement, and fame might consider moving to Los Angeles. Yet, even for the most dedicated fans of Agatha Christie, Los Angeles can feel quite desolate, even for those who have visited the city many times over the years. The desert climate is harsh, even for those who live there, and quite different from the glorious sunshine of Great Britain. Those who live in Los Angeles truly long for a rainy day, even if it is only for a couple of hours. One of the things that makes New York City so attractive is that it never really rains, or at least, it does not often rain. It simply drizzles, leaving everything wet, and occasionally, making for some grand, showstopping rainbows. The best thing is that New York City does not rely on rain for its survival, making it quite independent of Mother Nature. As much as we might like to think that Hollywood is the center of the film universe, New York City is quite literally the capital of the movie industry, as well as being the home of many famous faces.

An Actor’s Life Is Very Different From The Rest Of Society

If you are an actor, it is quite possible that you have quite a different life from the rest of the world. You will undoubtedly have experienced both good and bad days, just like everyone else, but you will also have had innumerable opportunities to shine, as well as make invaluable friendships. It is quite an enviable position to be in, and it is certainly a life that many people would like to be a part of. For those who are passionate about film, it is quite an ideal place to be. Those fortunate enough to make their way in Hollywood undoubtedly enjoy a very luxurious lifestyle, driven by the desires of extremely wealthy individuals and entertainment conglomerates.

For others seeking success, it is quite an opportunity to be in New York City, as the chances of becoming a famous TV or film actor are very high, especially if you can make it in the City that Never Sleeps.

A Place To Be Respectful Of Your Elders

There are many famous faces in New York City, alongside some truly fantastic literature and cinema. Yet, if you are a newcomer, it is quite likely that you will feel quite intimidated, even a little afraid. There are so many famous personalities in the city, both in front of and behind the camera, that it can be hard not to feel a little less of an individual, and more like…well, like one of the many anonymous faces among the mass of people.

Those who have lived in the city for some time know exactly what we mean. The pressure to perform, to be famous, to make a name for yourself can be suffocating. There is no question that New York City is a place full of possibilities, but, as for the rest of society, it is also a place where dreams can quickly turn into dust. The competition for fame, fortune, and power is very high, and it is a place that one must be very careful not to upset the applecart. The respect that you show your elders, and the admiration that you have for those who have earned their place in society, is an important pillar of your building blocks. It is a city that does not tolerate arrogance and does not accept failure. It is a city where it is best to be excellent, and where mistakes can quickly become fatal. Do not forget that the spotlight is a very bright and unforgiving light, and it blinds those who dare to peek. In other words, if you want to make it in New York City, it might be a good idea to be excellent, to the point of perfection. It is a very individualistic city, bred from the idea that one can succeed purely on merit, and not by birthright.