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StarsQA has been online for 5 years, so we were wondering what has been your favorite career highlight from the past 5 years? ~ StarsQA Team
That's a really tough question. Obviously my big break was Gortimer which I portrayed for three years. He was me and I was him, but now moving forward in my career, it feels like each new opportunity becomes my favorite till I move on. Right now, I'm filming a new action/thriller in Seattle, WA with an amazing cast and I'm the lead. This feels like a great highlight, but we've still got a month of shooting to go, and I won't know till I see the finished product.
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How do you prepare for auditions? ~ StarsQA Team
Whenever I prepare for a role, I first read the character description; if possible, I read the entire script so that I know where my character fits in the big picture. I want to crawl inside the head of him to know who and what he is so that I can build a backstory of his past to know how to interact with others in the film or show. If reading the entire script is not possible, then I take a risk and make up my own backstory to do the same. I am not a method actor, but if I do try to stay in character for the entire time of the shoot. It is easier for me to build roles that mirror my own life and backstory, but I can definitely say that I love the challenge to go for those roles that no one else wants to tackle.
How did you get into acting? How do you know there are places available around your state to join/ audition, could you do it if you had no experience? And what have you learned from this opportunity? ~ Anna
In quick fashion, I was a soccer player who wanted to get his feet quicker. I tried gymnastics, but it was not for me. I then moved to hip hop dancing where i wound up representing my studio in an international dance competition. One of the judges was from the film series Step Up and she convinced my Dad that I should give acting a try. We looked up acting studios in our area, and I enrolled. It kind of blossomed after that. If you just want to look around and see what you might be able to do, go to Actor's Access and sign up and submit yourself for a role. Go on to IMDB and see what resumes look like and craft one for yourself and use your best picture for a headshot till you are willing to invest a ton of money and time in the craft. See where it might take you. I've learned that unfortunately your look is much more than half the battle . If you look like what they are looking for, you're almost in. Then it comes down to a little luck, and of course some talent to deliver. My very best to you. Break a leg.
You've always had a great sense of comic timing, from what I've seen, do you find that comedic timing helps you in dramatic roles? ~ Ed Vela
I believe it's the other way around. I find my dramatic work, allows me to be better at comedic timing. Comedy is really hard as I'm usually the set up guy. I'd love to have the funny lines, but they don't seem to flow with my characters.
What's your most played song at the moment? ~ Maddisen Collins
Anything from Alabama Shakes, Jose Gonzales, or Jason Mraz.
If you can't be an actor as an adult, and I hope that it is not the case, what else would you like to do for a living? ~ STEVE ABRAHAM
I am totally set to be an actor. There is no other job that I'd rather do. I suppose if I was to totally fail at my job, I'd love to be an acting coach/teacher (which I have already done) to get the absolute best out of each and every young actor that I can.
What is your favorite part of being an actor? ~ Samantha Wilson
My favorite part of being an actor is the ability to be different characters. Once day I may be the boy next door (which is basically me) and the next I may be a bank robber. I'm never bored in my job.
How long do you practice your acting sides for class? How do you practice? ~ karla
It really depends on the role. If it's a complicated character, I spend hours creating that character and making him mine. However, I've been blessed with an awesome memory so the lines are never my biggest concern.
What's your ultimate dream vacation spot? ~ StarsQA Team
What does your name say about you? ~ StarsQA Team
That I am unique.