Everyone knows Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen: Mother of Dragons in the Game of Thrones fantasy series, but not many people know that she was completely unknown before getting the iconic role. She only had two filming credits on her resume. Her father didn’t think she’d make it as an actress. When she was just 10 years old, she told her family about her desire to become an actress. Her family wasn’t thrilled with the idea, especially her father.
1. Emilia Clarke’s Early Life
He didn’t believe in her. He warned her that it was more possible that she would end up behind the counter of a fast-food restaurant, than star in a movie. “When I told my dad I wanted to be an actress, he replied that there was only one line I needed to learn. Do you want fries with that?” But after finishing school, Emilia Clarke applied to three British drama schools, but none of them accepted her application. But her dream to be an actress overcome the pain from the rejections and she did not give up. She continued sending her CV to drama schools while working as a waitress, one day she had a call from Drama Centre London that she was in. She graduated in 2009.
2. Emilia took many Small Jobs Before becoming an Actress
In 2010, Emilia Clarke rented a small apartment with her friends, but like most struggling and aspiring actresses, she also had to work a less desirable job to make it before Emilia Clarke became the mother of dragons in Game of Thrones. She used to work three to six different jobs just to get by. “I was doing a call center job. I was a waitress and I was working in a bar somewhere in East London, an unemployed actor. That was what I was doing. I had only just come out of drama school one year before.”
She didn’t lose hope that one day she gets an interesting offer that will change her life. That day came when her agent called with the exciting news that she landed a role in a new HBO show Game of Thrones.
3. Emilia Got to Know Only a Day Before Audition for Game of Thrones
She only had 24 hours to prepare for the audition if she wanted to get the part and how did she prepare in that short period, Emilia Clarke had to call in sick to her catering job and learned everything she could from Wikipedia about George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire”. Four days later she got the part of Daenerys Targaryen. After my last Edition of Game of Thrones, they said congratulations princess I was like bye, bye call center. But what If, she listened to her father and didn’t try to pursue her dream to be an actress, if she didn’t believe in herself well, her life would be very different right now.
4. Believe in Yourself
We often allow doubt, insecurities, low self-esteem, or other people’s opinions to question our decisions. Our abilities, our dreams, people will always point out your flaws and constantly remind you of your failures, constantly telling you that you can’t make it and that you’re not good enough. That you’re unrealistic, that you are a fool to even think about dreaming bigger, and I know this will make it even harder to believe in yourself. But the biggest difference between successful people and unsuccessful is the belief that they can achieve their dream. If you don’t believe in what you’re doing, then how will you take the first terrifying step toward making your dream reality? You can’t believe in yourself does not mean that you won’t face failures. You will, but you will get up wash the dirt off you, and keep going because at some point in your life, you will be surrounded by people who will point out you’re failures and make you doubt yourself.
You should never let anyone have that kind of power over you. You are the only person who is in control of your life. That’s why you should never stop believing in yourself and once you believe that you can stand up and fight for your dream. You will find a way to make it work, even if the odds of success are against you, you will make it work, because if you don’t believe in yourself who else will so?