21 February 1946–14 January 2016

The Aura Of Magic

4 Life Lessons From Alan Rickman

By Shaktida at Ekko

“When I’m 80 years old and sitting in my rocking chair, I’ll be reading Harry Potter. And my family will say to me, “After all this time?” And I will say, “Always”.”

There are a very few of people across the world whose love for what they do actually reflects in their work. These people are the ones who have time and again proved that there is but one life we get to live. There is no time to waste and all we can do is to make the best of it. It is these people whose absence means as much to everyone around, as much their presence. To be able to inspire this intensity of love, adoration and response from people is what tells us that they have done something extraordinary in their lives. One such man was Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman, an English actor and a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company in both modern and classical theatre productions. He has, through his phenomenal acting skills and a unique aura continued to amaze the audience every time he features on the big screen. A wonderful human being, Rickman lost his battle with cancer and died on 14 January, 2016.

Here are a few lessons that we can pick up from the life of Alan Rickman.

1. Explore yourself without any limitations.

You are born with a tremendous amount of potential to do great things in your life and leave behind an indelible mark on the world. What makes you different is what makes you special so instead of conforming to the beliefs of the society do what you like and test your limits to see how far you can go.

Alan Rickman was born on 21 February, 1946 in Acton, London. He had three other siblings. He excelled at calligraphy and water color painting. he attended Chelsea College of Art and Design and then the Royal College of Art. This education allowed him to work as a graphic designer for the radical newspaper the Notting Hill Herald. After graduation, Rickman and several friends opened a graphic design studio called Graphiti, but after three years of successful business, he decided that if he was going to pursue acting professionally, it was now or never.

2. Give yourself a chance because you deserve it.

Nothing worthwhile was ever obtained without extensive efforts and determination. Shying away from that would mean depriving yourself of the opportunity that could give you everything that you ever wanted from life.

In order to pursue acting, Rickman wrote to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) requesting an audition. He got into it and studied for 2 years from 1972 to 1974 while also studying Shakespeare’s work. After graduating from RADA, Rickman worked extensively with British repertory and experimental theatre groups in productions. From there began his journey of success.

3. Put yourself out there and grab any and every opportunity you can.

When you are doing something, it is important to have your heart in it. You do that and there is no limit to what you could achieve.

Rickman in his career of acting did as many diverse roles as he could to expand his horizon and be a versatile actor. He believed in himself and in what he did. According to Rickman, “Actors are agents of change. A film, a piece of theatre, a piece of music, or a book can make a difference. It can change the world.”

4. With all the qualities mentioned above, in you, there is no way you will not climb the ladder of success.

Rickman got his big break in his role as the Vicomte de Valmont in the play Les Liaisons Dangereuses in 1985, for which he was nominated for a Tony Award. Rickman gained wider notice for his film performances as Hans Gruber in Die Hard and Severus Snape in the Harry Potter film series, one of the best series of movies that he ever did. People remember him as the grim Professor Severus Snape, an example of how the biggest of heroes can hide in the darkest of places.

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