Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
From the time I was seven years of age, I knew I wanted to become an actor. My first experience of performing was when I was cast in a local traveling theatre production. They were promoting auditions in our small town and I begged my mom to audition. My mother eventually agreed, and I was cast in the production as the pet dog. I was ecstatic and will never forget, even at such a young age, the way I felt performing in front of a live audience for the first time. After the production was over, I asked my parents if I could pursue acting and take classes in Portland OR. They agreed to my pleas and I started going to classes twice a week for almost two years. I began being sent out on auditions by my agent and worked locally as a child actor. When I was nine years of age my family went on vacation to California. My agent in Portland encouraged us to meet with a few agents in California while we were vacationing. My parents, knowing how intrigued I was with acting, decided they would take me to meet with a few agencies. I did a cold read for the agents and was picked up by one of the agents I read for. They had a discussion with my parents and told them that they would love for me to begin ‘Pilot season’ and live in LA from January to April and go on auditions. So my family packed up their things and we made the temporary move to LA with me and my four younger siblings. During my first year in LA, I booked a few feature films. Notably, some of the films include movies like “Benchwarmers”, “Tenacious D And The Pick of Destiny”, and “Norbit”. Through the years I have booked other gigs. Including multiple independent films and a few tv shows such as “Leverage” and “In The Vault” to name a few. As an adult, I am still currently working in the industry. I was cast in an A24 film called “Green Room” starring Patrick Stewart, Anton Yelchin, Joe Cole, and Imogen Poots. I played “Kyle” in the film and had the privilege of working with these talented actors for five weeks on set. In 2016 I began a podcast with a childhood friend of mine. With over 500 episodes, we currently have almost 20k subscribers on YouTube. In 2020 I started a second podcast with another friend covering the sport of MMA in the UFC organization. Just this year, we have officially opened up an LLC and have a Digital Network company where we host podcasts with. Acting, film, and media have always been my passion in life. It is a very hard business to break into. And I feel extremely blessed to be where I am today. I look forward to the many years still to come.
Can you share the most interest in exciting happened to you since you started doing this?
One of the most interesting stories I have of my experience in the film industry was when I was auditioning for Benchwarmers. I was just nine years old at the time and my childhood heroes were Adam Sandler, David Spade, and Jon Heder who had just come off Napoleon Dynamite. I was auditioning for the role of “chubby catcher” which later changed to “Charlie the Catcher”. After my mom read me the breakdown of what I was auditioning for and who was cast in it, she could see my eyes light up with utter awe and excitement. Being the go-getter that my mom was, she decided to take me to a sporting store and bought an entire set of catcher gear just for the audition. One thing you learn quickly in the industry is it’s important to stand out and be remembered. My mom went beyond and above for me knowing how much getting cast in this film meant to me. I remember walking into the audition room filled with other kids in full-blown catcher gear. Some of the kids laughed at me but I didn’t care. I was so proud to have a mom who would go all out and do this for me. I remember Dennis Dugan (the director), looking at me when I walked into the room and instantly smiling from ear to ear. I think he appreciated the effort. A week or two later I was booked in my first feature film! Benchwarmers were also the first film I ever auditioned for in LA. And that entire experience was one of the best things I’ve done in my life. The entire cast and crew from the Happy Madison production made it so much fun to be a kid on set. They would go out of their way to joke around with us kids and hang out with us. To this day, it’s one of my fondest memories. And the cherry on top, I got turned into a meme! “You’re still fat” is something I never get tired of hearing.
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them thrive and not “burn out”?
It may sound simple, but if you’re passionate about what you do, take it one day at a time, and don’t get discouraged. Rome was not built in a day. I have been working in the industry for over 20 years. Your opportunities will come if you are persistent and truly take pride in what you do. Be open-minded, and listen to other perspectives and techniques on the art. Take the advice and the things that work for you and accelerate in those areas. Also, never take rejection personally. I have been on hundreds if not thousands of auditions. Rejection is just a part of the industry and most times it has nothing to do with your actual audition.
None of us can succeed without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful for who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story?
My parents were instrumental in my success early on. They knew nothing of the acting world, but when they saw I had a passion for it, they decided to help me pursue my dreams. I owe them so much for the sacrifices they made for me to follow my heart and dreams.
How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?
During the years 2017-2020, I worked at a High School and directed the Drama department in seven theatre productions. I had a passion to pass on everything I learned during my time as an actor and helped a lot of students break through their personal issues by using the stage as their vessel. I watched kids go from being too scared to even walk on stage, to crushing it during shows. It was not just beneficial for the students but made me really appreciate giving back to the community and helping kids with their shyness and timidness. It was an amazing experience and one I’ll always have fond memories of.
Do you have a favorite “written Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life?
It’s a simple one, but very effective if you truly apply it to your life. “Am I better today than I was yesterday?” If you’re being honest with yourself, you will not be able to answer that with a “yes” every day. And that is truly okay. My motto is, if you answer it with a “no” one day, you better make sure you can answer “yes” consecutively in the upcoming days. We are human, bad days come and go, but always strive to be your best self. There was a period in my life when I put on almost 100lbs. I was unhappy with the way I looked and felt. I wanted to be healthier and happier. I decided to use my motto and take exercise and diet one day at a time. Over the course of six months, I was able to lose 90lbs. When you have a focused and determined mind, you can truly accomplish almost anything. Just be sure to answer “yes” more often than you answer “no”. That is a life lesson I try and live by.
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