In the SF Chronicle today, Hillary Swank affirms the importance of hard work:
Q: Many people probably think of you as the actress who won two Academy Awards. But between “Boys Don’t Cry” and “Million Dollar Baby” you made nine movies, and between “Million Dollar Baby” and “Amelia” you made five. Can you talk a little about the mistaken idea that you just take a role, act, win an award – easy as that?
A: I’m so glad you said that, because even with “Boys Don’t Cry” people said it was an overnight success. I’d been acting since I was 16, and I won that Academy Award when I was 25. Obviously, it’s such a great honor and privilege to have won an Academy Award, and to have two is mind-blowing. Something like that happened off of my doing what I love. But, yes, there’s a lot of hard work. It’s a constant challenge, fighting for roles that you love. As Clint (Eastwood) says, you always aim for the bull’s-eye, but you don’t always hit it.