Jamie Bamber

«It's not what you do it's the way that you do it.»

How do you define success?
I suppose I define success as peace of mind. Knowing you have done all you could to achieve something worthwhile.
Do you have a key sentence/motto about success? 
I am not one for mottos but how about: "It's not what you do it's the way that you do it". I think achievement counts for nothing if you have not enriched others along the way.
What inspires you? And where do you find your inspiration? 
Hard work and dedication. I am of course inspired by the work of other actors, writers and directors but it is the immediacy of the real time, improvised drama of sport that I draw from the most. It is pure and unfolds before your eyes. I have always been a sportsman and when an athlete confronts that moment when all their dreams and all their hard work will either pay off or prove fruitless I am transfixed by their struggle for peace. More often than not they have to conquer their own doubts and demons more than simply their opponent. Their successes and defeats humble and inspire me.
Rory McIlroy and Andy Murray are my current sporting heroes.
Could you tell us about your success? What is the short-story of your success?
I am an actor. And have worked as an actor for 16 years now. Growing up that seemed a pipe dream and I was afraid to admit to anyone that is what I wanted to be. I was academic and an all rounder so acting felt whimsical and unrealistic. But I have not become the kind of actor I dreamed of being. To achieve that I would have had to emulate the classical theatre greats. So I suppose my success is more pragmatic, coming more in television, the medium I appreciated the least but the one my generation has been surprised to be nurtured by the most. This is a golden age for television drama.  
So my success, if I am honest, is a compromise, but one I am proud of, namely to have worked as an actor and supported my family for 16 years.
Do you have a “5 rules” to follow and keep on being successful? 
No. I am not much of a rules person.
Do you have a ritual that you follow everyday ?  
I am a husband and father of three and my work schedule is constantly changing. Rituals cannot be kept. I do like to exercise daily if I can but its often impossible. Walking the dog whilst we walk to school in LA is the only mainstay.


What do you avoid to keep on being successful? 
I am naturally quite lazy and often find short term pursuits like playing or watching sport instead of working for longer term goals. I have aspirations to write and produce but a sunny day will pull me toward the golf course instead, and a rainy one to the couch. I love to read too, much more than writing unfortunately.
I guess if i am to meet my own definitions of success I will have to avoid hobbies and consuming great art and start to work at creating it instead.
Do you have any advice for the younger generation? 
Edward James Olmos had a good one for me. "Have the discipline to do the things that you love to do even when you don't feel like doing them." Not bad...

« Never static, never done, always moving. »

How important time is and has been in your life? And what does time represents for you? 
Time is precious and fleeting. Having kids is my most treasured experience but they also teach you the most about time. They are never static, never done, always moving. If you think of them it gives you energy and motivation to try and grow apace with them, to achieve as much as they do with everything they learn each day.
How do you deal with time-related issues in your work? 
At work I am on someone else's schedule. I am told when to wake, when to eat, when to relax, when it is time to rehearse or shoot. I cannot even wear my own watch. Time is not my own.
However I hope to work more for myself in the future, developing stories for the screen. I'll be able to wear my own watch then. And my challenge will be to discipline myself.
How is Maurice Lacroix a natural continuum of your everyday life? What place does it have in your life? 
I love to wear a nice watch when I am not at work. For me it is a pleasure to wear something that is beautiful - but primarily through its function.

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