Actor Jeffrey Tambor inspires others to follow their dreams at Carmel Valley event

Rabbi David Kornberg and actor Jeffrey Tambor. Photo/Jon Clark

By Kristina Houck

Jeffrey Tambor was 9 when he decided he wanted to be an actor. He had stumbled upon a rehearsal at the theater across the street from his San Francisco home.

“It was the first time I ever felt love,” Tambor said. “It was the first time I ever felt connection. The first time I ever felt my own power. The first time I ever felt God.

“I found my purpose.”

For 40 years, Tambor has starred in numerous television shows and movies, including “Arrested Development” and “The Hangover” films. But he almost let fear keep him from his passion.

Tambor talked about overcoming fear and chasing passion during the second annual “Inspiring Minds Speaker Series” on Dec. 10 at Congregation Beth Am in Carmel Valley. His one-man show “What’s Keeping You from Performing Your Life?” encouraged audience members to discover what’s been holding them back from reaching their dreams.

Born in San Francisco, Tambor was the son of a housewife and a contractor. As a child, he had a bilateral lisp and was overweight. His family “put the ‘D’ back in dysfunctional,” he said.

“People think this story is about happiness,” Tambor said. “I am the son of Russian Hungarian Jews, so I know nothing about happiness.”

Tambor eventually found happiness in acting and reading — he’s part owner of a Los Angeles-based bookstore.

But when the 69-year-old actor achieved success early in his career, he let fear overcome him. He was scared of losing success.

“When I got successful, that’s when the trouble started with me,” he said. “I would drive to the set the night before to practice driving to the set. I would take the call sheet and memorize the call sheet. I would learn lines over and over until I learned them so much that I didn’t know them. I drove myself crazy. I lost my confidence.”

Tambor recalled auditioning for a Bounce dryer sheet commercial. He didn’t have to be on set until 6 p.m., but he showed up at 6 a.m. He practiced his line, “Hey, my socks don’t cling,” over and over. When he finally got in front of the camera, he forgot his line.

“My bank account got to zero, and I realized I had to beat this thing,” he said.

“I believe what keeps us from our purpose, what keeps us from our dream, what keeps us from being all that we can be is a story,” Tambor said. “My story is, ‘I’m really not good enough.’”

He asked the audience, “What’s your story? What’s keeping you?”

After earning a master’s degree in theater arts from Wayne State University in Michigan, Tambor went on to play a variety of characters in television and film, including the role of Hank Kingsley in “The Larry Sanders Show.” His character coined the catchphrase, ‘Hey, now!’ and Tambor received four Emmy nominations for his performance.

Today, Tambor lives with his wife, Kasia Ostlun, and their four children. He also has an adult daughter from a previous relationship.

“Adore everything,” Tambor said. “All of it — the ups and downs — because this is not a dress rehearsal. This is it.”

For more on Tambor, visit jeffreytambor.net.

Related posts:

  1. Accomplished actor Jeffrey Tambor to perform one-man show in Carmel Valley
  2. Del Mar author encourages youth to follow their dreams
  3. Carmel Valley: Louis Zamperini inspires at the Grand Del Mar
  4. Carmel Valley resident fueling Girl Scouts’ aviation career dreams
  5. Hawk encourages students to follow dreams

Short URL: http://www.delmartimes.net/?p=62212

Posted by Staff on Dec 18, 2013. Filed under Life, North Coast Life. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can skip to the end and leave a response. Pinging is currently not allowed.

Leave a Reply

Archives

Facebook

Bottom Buttons 1

Bottom Buttons 2

Bottom Buttons 3

Bottom Buttons 4

Bottom Buttons 5

Bottom Buttons 6

LA JOLLA NEWS

RSS LA JOLLA NEWS

  • Which Luxury Watches Hold Their Value Best?
    By Carl Blackburn Last month, I spoke about Rolex appraisals and the various factors that go into determining the value of pre-owned luxury watches (condition, year, rarity, complexity, materials, etc). But now the question begs, “How much can you expect that value to depreciate over 5 or 10 years?” and “Which watches hold their value […]
  • La Jolla Community Calendar Aug. 28-Sept. 4
    Families are invited to come to the Rec Center for some fun activities 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30. Afterward enjoy a free screening of “The Little Rascals Save the Day” at 8:15 p.m. La Jolla Rec Center, 615 Prospect St. Donations accepted. (858) 552-1658. http://bit.ly/ljreccenter […]
  • PHOTOS: Foreigner concert helps ‘Rock the Cure’ for pediatric diabetes research in La Jolla
    Steve and Lisa Altman hosted the legendary rock band, Foreigner, at the annual “Rock the Cure” benefit for Pediatric Diabetes Research Center at UC San Diego on Aug. 10, 2014. The Altmans’ La Jolla home served as the concert venue, and the event also included “a taste of San Diego” with numerous restaurants offering samples of their cuisine. Lisa Altman, Sta […]

RANCHO SANTA FE NEWS

RANCHO SANTA FE NEWS

RSS RANCHO SANTA FE NEWS

  • Rancho Santa Fe Invasive Plants and Better Alternatives
    By Steve Jacobs, Nature Designs In California we are lucky to live in a mild climate that allows us to grow amazing landscapes. Because of this mild climate, plants from other parts of the world often thrive; and some grow so well they become known as invasive. These plants ‘jump fences’ and ‘throw seeds.’ Their […]
  • Rancho Santa Fe School District’s robotics program receives new funding
    The Rancho Santa Fe School District is making its school’s robotics program more robust this year, allocating $42,500 in stipends to staff coaches just like the district does for its athletics program. “I think the program has taken a big step,” said Superintendent Lindy Delaney. “I think we’re on our way toward developing a great program there.” John Galipa […]
  • Back to School for R. Roger Rowe students
    Students at R. Roger Rowe School bid a fond farewell to summer and headed back to school Aug. 25. Photos by Jon Clark. […]