Steve Dez is an aspiring actor who lives in Los Angeles. Here is a link to his website:
Q: What made you want to become an actor?
A: This one is quite the story, it started when I was about 5 years old, I was afraid of the dark and sleeping alone so I slept every night with my parents. My dad used to watch HBO late at night and I couldn’t sleep because of the TV, then when my dad passed out I just took the remote and started watching a lot of stand up comedy and HBO series and I said; “Hey, I want to do that”. That’s my first reason. My second reason was when my mom was running errands in the morning, she always checked on me to see if I was asleep. I started to “pretend” that I was sleeping and my mom believed it, and I said WOW! I can’t believe it actually works. And the last reason that made me want to become an actor was the fact that everybody in my school was superb at sports, I always wanted to be amazing in sports but I sucked at everything, in basketball I was too short, in track I lacked speed, in bowling I lacked money (we had to pay crazy fees by those times) , even on Ping Pong I lacked coordination, but every time I did acting I exceled and got lots of awards and recognition for it so it was pretty obvious.
Q: What do you like about Hollywood?
A: Hollywood is the place where the movies are made. It’s like a candy store to a small child. A beauty salon for the ladies, a gym for the fellas and my special sanctuary for dreams. Here is where stars are made, literally because there is a star at every corner of the Boulevard.
Q: What don’t you like about it?
A: I think sometimes Hollywood could be extremely overrated. It’s not really what you expect (Coming from a guy that lived for months there). I’m currently a resident of Downtown LA and I love it. Hollywood gets wayyy to crazy sometimes, because ALL the clubs are there so, expect a lot of people, Crazy amounts of TRAFFIC and it makes me so sad to say but there’s like tons of homeless people all around hollywood. I go to Hollywood all of the time I just don’t live there anymore because of these things.
Q: What famous role could you have nailed?
A: Mostly commercials. There are tons and tons of commercials I would’ve nailed but I haven’t due to the fact that I haven’t signed with an agent yet. I been up for KFC commercials, Sprite Commercials, Chevy commercials and tons more brands, but the key to booking them is definitely having a good agent because they look up to that rather than auditions itself.
Q: What method of acting do you ascribe to?
A: I’m all about Viola Spolin Technique and Groundlings. Improv is taking over the acting world. Taking names and kicking butt one day at a time. Almost 88% of the auditions I’ve been it’s all about improv, because just doing a cold read of the sides is not enough. I would say to all my fellow actors to take improv classes because is going to help you in the long run.
Q: What kind of day jobs have you had and how do they influence your work?
A: This one made me smile. I feel like Kristen Wiig all of a sudden. She said one time on an interview similar to this one that she had numerous of ODD jobs. I’m the same guy. I worked cleaning boats, server at a Mongolian stir fry restaurant, bartender, concession stand, ticket ripper and box office at a movie theater, receptionist for a electronic store, I was a Spanish teacher assistant for first graders, a Stand Up Comedian, I been even one of those guys that dresses up like Dora the explorer, Barney, Spongebob and all those characters for little kids birthday parties, and more and more jobs.
They’ve all helped me in any way, shape and form to make me the actor that I am today. I had to deal with an immense variety of people, so that helped me relate to each and every different type of audience/customer I get. Everything in this life is a learning experience.
Q: What is your wildest work story?
I’m not sure if this question means work as in regular work or now my acting work but let me give you an example of both.
I’ve worked as a school mascot before so getting in a suit wasn’t a problem for me. When I got hired with the company Party Group for Kids back in Puerto Rico I had to dress up as many cartoonish characters. My first show I thought it was going to be a High School Musical show which didn’t require me to wear a suit, but it got cancelled. So, my first show I had to put on a suit to portray one of the characters from “The Backyardigans”. As soon as I came out, all of the kids came and hugged me and I could barely walk. This was in Puerto Rico and almost summer time so it was like 90 degrees plus I was in that suit. There was one of my co-workers that literally passed out because she couldn’t handle it. I was in the brink of passing out, but thankfully I didn’t.
I thought that my acting career was always going to be glamourous like everybody dreams about. I wanted the leads, and the supporting roles all of the time. So my first “official” big thing I booked (besides plays) was a feature film. They booked me off my youtube videos because they liked me. My audition sucked, but thankfully they did a background check on me and found that I just got a little nervous on the audition and I’m an awesome guy. They cast me as the supporting role of Skippy. The only thing I knew about the character was that he was a male stripper and he had a lisp. So I started working out since I was going to be shirtless and practicing my daffy duck skills. They later told me that I need to get ready to wear short type of underwear, like a speedo, so I said cool. The day we finally started shooting, they gave me thongs to wear and I was like “WTF” , but then after an hour or so I decided to do it even though that wasn’t the way I wanted to start in the business, but hey everybody starts from something right? .
Q: Who is your biggest acting hero and why?
A: So many and I only get to pick one. I would say that my biggest acting hero and the only person I been starstruck when I met him was Robert Downey JR. He has great acting techniques and he comes from a theater background just like me. He’s exceptional in movies like Chaplin, IronMan and Sherlock Holmes and he always tries to reinvent himself in some type of way. He’s also a really nice guy and down to earth. He hangs out a lot in Hollywood and he’s truly a great actor. I hope I could have the opportunity to work with him someday.
Q: What director would you most like to work with.
There are so many directors to choose from. But, I’m a guy that loves the classics so I would have to say Steven Spielberg . He’s a genius, with movies like Jaws, E.T, Indiana Jones, Jurassic Park and more. He’s truly an amazing director and his creations are just marvelous. I go to the Universal Studios here in Hollywood and every time I see the set for War of the Worlds I just think is crazy what type of mind this guy has. I would love to work with him it would be a dream come true. I would also love to work with James Cameron, Christopher Nolan and others.
Q: What makes you fameworthy?
A: I’m just unique in every way I am. I’m different and I’m trying to do it all. I may come at first glance as just a funny guy that has a very unique look, but extremely gifted at comedy. I’m also quite gifted in drama too, I just don’t do them too much because comedy is my passion, but a well-respected actor can swing through both like Steve Carell, Jim Carrey, Shia Labeouf, Robert Downey J.R, and Bradley Cooper just to name a few. I’m willing, determined and young. Came here with a bag of dreams and just making them come true one step at a time.
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