What made you become an actor?
As a child, I always enjoyed playing “pretend”. After repeatedly being asked to act, I decided to give that a try. I would volunteer to be in plays at the churches I attended. I was cast in the first play I auditioned for, and then the second, and it just kept continuing. I was hooked. When I attended school, I was in as many plays as possible. This passion for acting continued as an adult.
Tell us something about yourself.
I also had an interest in law, science, and law enforcement. Even thought the profession wasn’t as well known then as it is now, I had a passion to work in the field of forensic science because it involved all three of my interests. Therefore, I attained a degree in chemistry and fulfilled a 43-year career as a Forensic Chemist working in various government crime labs.
Wow. Those skills should be helpful for roles on TV in crime dramas! What is a favorite acting gig so far?
There have been so many, actually. The most favorite play I did was, Twelve Angry Men. I remember seeing and thoroughly enjoying the original film. So having the opportunity to perform it on stage was thrilling. We had the best cast ever! All the guys got along extremely well with each other and we helped each other in so many ways. It was a perfect ensemble of actors. Before my film career started taking off, I even did background work. My favorite film I did was The Pursuit of Happyness, with Will Smith. I learned so much by being a part of such a large and professional production. I met so many people that continue to be friends and the food was delicious.
What keeps you motivated?
I guess due to my faith, I am basically a hopeful person. I was once asked how I could be so hopeful. It’s just the way I am. So even if I don’t get cast after an audition, I look at it as a learning experience for the next one. I keep thinking something else will come up and it eventually does.
What are you working on?
As a regular cast member in the improv group called “Act II Improv” and in the murder mystery company “Caught in the Act Theater”, we are performing regularly. I filmed a supporting role as a Rabbi in the feature film “Demon Fighter”, and a character that was based on true events and a real life person in “Grandpa’s Hands”. I also played the lead in the award-winning film “Unmasked”.
What advice do you have for other actors?
Learn to listen! Listening is key to working well with directors. Listening is key to receiving triggers from your fellow actors so your lines are delivered accurately and with the correct emotion. Listening to coaches in the industry will advance your career immensely. Surrounding yourself with positive people makes all the difference in moving forward in your career.