Xavier Eskridge is an actor at Paranoia House, a Santa Monica haunted house located at395 Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica, CA 90401. Here is a link to Xavier’s Youtube page:
Q: What made you want to work in a haunted house?
A: Well, of course the need for a job and to get paid most def but the experience is definitely a plus, I get to dress up and get made up and play a monster, which is pretty cool lol, not something i get to do everyday.
2. What role do you play in the house?
I play 2 parts, I play the skeleton man with a white mask, where i wear a suit and its pretty dark in there so all people see is me move my head and they see a skeleton frame which freaks them out especially when i pop out and scare them lol,or even my subtle movements freak them out.
3. What is your wildest work story?
Well everybody in the haunted house goes on a little promotional tour down the Santa Monica mall before show time and last week there was one adult girl who we walk by and she was balling up on the sidewalk crying cause she was so scared, it was pretty interesting site to see.
4. What makes Paranoia House unique?
Well beside the fact that its not yet Halloween lol, everybody is creative and has their own idea of what scary is, we take our jobs pretty serious scaring people and i don’t think you find people these days that take their jobs serious and still have fun and i think that definitely sets us apart and make us unique.
5. What do you like about living in LA?
I like the fact that nobody does 1 thing, everybody has more than one thing going on…everybody models but they sing and then they act and then the write then direct movies then the work at Starbucks ,then they freelance on the sidewalk promoting their different projects lol, which is different from any other place I’ve ever lived.
6. What don’t you like about it?
I don’t feel like a square cause everybody is so unique in how they dress and what they have to offer so i feel more at liberty to do my own thing and not feel any particular way.
7. What is the scariest movie you have ever seen and why?
The Saw series is my favorite i think its very gruesome and disgusting movie and the story line is very strong and real, it actually has some very good points but just with a twist lol.
8. How does working in a haunted house help you with training for acting?
I never played a monster before and i never really celebrated halloween before so it definitely different however I’m learning its a lot of ways to scare people,its not always just about jumping out and catching them off guard, sometimes its the subtle movements, if they know your eyes are watching them without you moving your body…that’s a technique i can use when I’m acting in other projects, not to be afraid to try other methods, not just to go on 1st thing that comes to mind, but try something different.
9. What sort of day job do you have and how does it influence your craft?
Well usually i be in school most days of the week and then i head to work at the haunted house,i have to get in the mood to scare people and not be lazy cause its draining and overwhelming sometime…it feels inhuman sometime to be a monster lol.
10. A Jehovah’s Witness co-worker of mine once told me that going to a haunted house and celebrating Halloween was like worshiping Satan; what would you say to her?
I don’t involved myself with convo with those types of people its wasted energy. I do my thing and i keep it pushing.
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