Josh Bednarsky is an actor and the creator of the web-series Crowned; here is a link to his website:
Q: What made you want to become an actor?
A: I was 7 or 8 and my grandmother gave us tickets to a show she was playing violin for, which was the musical Annie. I remember being mesmerized and enchanted by what I saw. The music, emotion, heart, and everything thrilled me and from then on I wanted to seek after what those actors were doing on that stage.
Q: What is Crowned about?
A: Crowned is a story about an unemployed college graduate, Macey Edwards, who is forced to take a job as a Party Princess. Her cat is ailing and she owes on her apartment so she has no choice but to take the odd job. Princess Parties are a very popular form of birthday party entertainment in Southern California, NYC, and even in the United Kingdom.
Q: What are the secrets to getting a project like Crowned funded?
A: No secret really, except being very persistent with canvassing your community of support, using social media, and finding the audience for your project. I think the biggest piece of advice I could give to someone is have a very specific idea and find people who dig that idea. Then, people who are into that subject will want to see it made. If we made our project about some video game culture item, I’m sure we would have gotten it funded faster and probably raised more money.
Q: You have a manager and an agent; how did you go about getting representation?
A: Oh boy, long story. Let’s just say I have had representation since I was 16 when someone caught a performance of me playing Marius in a regional production of Les Miserables. That person sent me out for projects from Broadway to Film. Then, in college, a TV teacher (who actually created Saved By The Bell) recommended that I should try Los Angeles. He recommended me to his brother-in-law, an agent in LA, and he is my agent now. So, the old adage of “it’s who you know” is definitely true.
Q: What is your strangest show biz story?
A: I auditioned for an agent in NY once whose toupee was falling off and he was looking at his watch the whole time, yawning, sighing, on the phone and never once looked at me. I thought the audition went terrible and that he hated me of course. Strangely enough, he wanted to rep me.
Q: You played a concessions Boy on Curb Your Enthusiasm is Larry David really like Larry David on the show?
A: Larry David is a very serious performer. He is extremely focused, attentive and working with the writers on set (the show is very improvised) and honestly, I never saw him break character.
Q: What do you like about Hollywood?
A: It’s a land of storytellers and people who are passionate, in some way or another. It is also a not located all in one place and almost exists in another dimension. As a New Yorker coming to Hollywood, I expected it to be a place or a location like Manhattan or Times Square. But it is not at all like that. It exists on a cloud or something…funny.
Q: What would you change about Hollywood, if you could?
A: I’m not sure how much I would change it because even the best intentions to make something new, vital or more true can backfire. I’m just trying to do the best I can with what I have to work with. I do wish that less time was devoted to speculation over who cheated on who, who is going to wreck who’s family next, etc. It’s just lame and I don’t know why anyone would read garbage like that.
Q: If the world is a stage, what separates a professional actor from anyone else?
A: If the world is a stage, an actor is different in that he spends 90% of his time trying to find an opportunity to get to do his job and 10% actually getting to do it. An actor lives to work whereas most people work to live.
Q: What role could you have nailed?
A: My wife says I would make a great Charlie Brown and I’ve never gotten to do that show, so I’d like to. But, I also would have loved to play Jay Gatsby in The Great Gatsby and will forever hiss at DiCaprio for beating me to it; I say that with great respect to the roles he has chosen.
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