Actor Bobby Cannavale shared the secrets of his success with students at a school in New York on Thursday (25Apr13) by staging a question and answer session about his career.

The Boardwalk Empire star visited the Bronx Theatre High School and opened up about the difficulties he faced as he forged a career in the spotlight.

According to the New York Daily News, Cannavale told students, "This is a business where you have your ups and downs. Somebody told me a long time ago, when you're coming up in the business, 'Say yes to everything,' because you learn by doing."

The actor made the visit in conjunction with the Roundabout Theatre Company's education program, which partners with schools to expose students to the arts.