What led me to acting and why film?
I took an acting class in the senior of my undergraduate years at Ohio University as a prerequisite in the Marketing/Sales program at the business school. Little did I know that I would fall in love with it. I put it on the “back burner” for a couple years after graduation but the acting bug pulled me back to it for some small, local, short film out of Columbus, OH when I was about 25 years old. After that, I got my hands on any and every acting experience I could from theatre to improv to commercials to film. Film has always been a magical arena where I can take all of my entertainment experience and bottle it into one moment, character or scene that is forever recorded with all of the technical tricks of the trade. I love the theatre and film for their own particular rushes as an actor but film has a special place for me. I grew up watching a lot of television shows and film as a kid. It distracted me from my current situation and allowed me to believe in another place and time where anything was possible. I wanted to create those situations for other people to be distracted from the problems in their lives. So I continue to entertain. I continue to create characters in the hopes that it takes someone out of their reality and just enjoy that moment in time.
What actors inspire you?
I have to break this down into a few areas:
- The extreme method actor: Daniel Day-Lewis
- The comedian: Steve Martin and Robin Williams
- The charismatic SOB: Michael Keaton and Robert Downey Jr.
- The man’s man: Clint Eastwood, Liev Screiber, Brando, Bruce Willis, Tom Hardy