Can you even imagine iCarly without Nathan Kress in it? We seriously can't, but when we caught up with the star, he admitted that he had doubts about making it in the industry before booking the show.
"I started iCarly when I was in 8th grade, so I was in middle school," Nathan told TWIST exclusively, explaining it was a time he was considering totally giving up on his acting dreams. "I would probably tell myself, now that I have that hindsight, to not even consider giving up on doing the acting thing. I had done it for a couple years and gotten a few fairly small jobs here and there and done enough things to kind of keep me interested, but right around the time I auditioned for iCarly, I was seriously considering getting out and going back to school and never thinking about it again."
"[Booking the show] kind of saved me a little bit because I was at the end of my rope," he continued before sharing the advice he wishes he could have told his younger self. "I would've told myself, to save myself a lot of stress, to not worry about it and keep on truckin'. Keep following that dream. Because if I hadn't, then I wouldn't be there."
Nathan realizes that the path to following your dreams can be filled with disappointments out of your control. "I think it's easy to say, in the position that I'm in, to no matter what follow that dream or whatever that passion is, because it ended up paying off for me," he said. "But it was only after a phenomenal amount of word, dedication, discouragement, and perserverence in situations where I was very tempted to give up or pick something different."
"I think [it's about] perservering and not being willing to sacrifice what your passionate about in exchange for something that might be more security or generally what society would consider a 'better' way to do your life" he advised. "There's no sense in doing something or having a career that you're not passionate about... but that's also not to say that you can't have multiple passions. I know that I [do], so if I ever stopped acting, I would go to one of those other things and be just as happy because I'd be trading one passion for another. Don't just nail yourself down to having one thing that you love, be willing and open to having more than one thing. That way it's especially nice because if one thing doesn't work out, you have something to go back to that you also love."
We totally and completely agree with him on that one - and we are infinitely thankful he decided to stick with acting.
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