Andy Gates is a figure model and aspiring actor, here is a link to his IMDB page:
Q: How did you become a figure model?
A: I have always been very comfortable being naked, never thought much more about it. As an actor there are a lot of parallels to “exposing” yourself emotionally and physically. I thought of it as a good way to make a little money between acting jobs.
Q: What is your most awkward figure modeling story?
A: My first job in LA as a figure model (I’ve also work in London and San Francisco in that field) was at a sculpture studio in Santa Monica, it was just a big open room. I did not have a robe to slip in and out of so on breaks I would find a corner to stand in completely naked, since the breaks weren’t that long it wasn’t a big deal but apparently the only place you are supposed to be nude is on the stage, off the stage is the regular world so it’s not kosher to do that. Nobody cared but…still, awkward.
Q: How did your acting training help you in your work as a model?
A: I would say they are tied closely with the emotional and physical exposing of yourself, they really go well together.
Q: You’ve taken classes in acting for commercials; what’s the difference between acting in commercials and regular on camera acting?
A: Acting in commercials is all about your personality and slice of life real stuff. They don’t want to see a professional actor really, it’s kind of frustrating…so much is a look, or more often something that you can’t necessarily teach in a class, that leads to a commercial booking. There is a lot more work that goes into acting on camera.
Q: What made you want to become an actor?
A: Horror movies like the Exorcist and the Shining as well as Star Wars and Herbie the love bug made me want to become an actor.
Q: What do you like about Hollywood?
A: I like some of the history of the city, I’m a huge architectural buff. I like the history of the business too, Hollywood has an energy about it that is very fast and odd. It’s not boring. There is always something going on. LA is such a fractured city it is very dependent on where you are. I live in West LA and spend moms of my time here. I take a class in Hollywood once a week but rarely hang out there.
Q: What don’t you like about it?
A: Sometimes it is just a stupid vapid place. Noisy, crowded and smelly…kind of sums up most large cities.
Q: What are some of the advantages of attending a college like Emerson?
A: Emerson has a strong network of graduates in the film industry as they have a campus here in Burbank. There is a pretty good pedigree of “industry” authority at Emerson.
Q: What are some of the disadvantages?
A: I don’t know of one. At worst it would be a neutral thing, not a disadvantage.
Q: What makes you fame worthy?
A: I’m a nice down to earth guy who specializes in playing everyman characters. We need to see more of those, or at least there is a constant demand for new everyman types. I’ve never wanted fame though, just steady work.
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