Jose Rosete is an actor who has appeared in many an independent film. Here is a link to his website:
Q: What made you want to become an actor?
A: It’s been my dream since I was a kid, sixth grade or so. I feel very fortunate that I always knew what I wanted to do. I just got to a point where every time I watched anything on TV I was more and more curious on what the process was like that went into making the film or television show I was watching, and I could only imagine how much fun the actors were having. I wanted that opportunity to be able to be someone else and get away from my real self for a while.
Q: What was the best acting class you ever went to and what made it so good?
A: I’d say the very first class I ever took. It was a basic media course in Arizona where I’m from. Growing up I was as shy and as quiet as they come. I also had a really bad stutter and mumbled a lot when I talked, which led to me not being the most social person. I didn’t have much confidence when it came to talking in front of more then one person, especially in a class room in school. So I knew becoming an actor was such a huge stretch. But it was that important to me so I knew if I was going to have a fighting chance I was going to have to take that first step which was that first acting class. It was rough – but the overall experience was priceless. Everything that comes with being in a beginners class was such a challenge. Going from simple interaction to reading in front of people to performing in front of a class full of people broke me out of my shell. I was about 23 at the time, and at that time I was still VERY bashful. I knew if I could get past the shyness and learn at the same time I’d be in a position to continue taking baby steps toward the goals I set for myself. I think there were about 20 people or so who signed up and were in that first class. Only myself and two others attended every class and made it to the very last class. It gave me the confidence to put myself out there and move on to the next challenge. I’m still very quiet but like I mentioned before – acting allows me to get away from my real self and be able to become someone else, even if it’s just for a little while.
Q: You have been in a lot of independent movies. How did you get auditions for them in the first place?
A: Well, when I first started I was living in Arizona. There wasn’t too much going on. I’m showing my age here but I started in a time where I had to call a hotline to get all the latest info on what was going on in a very small acting community. I had to mail my headshot and resume. So the grind back then really put you to the test if you were gonna’ stick around based on the amount of work that you had to put in to just be able to put your name in the hat. We’re talking no cell phones, no texting and no e-mailing. A few years later I got a computer but submitting electronically still wasn’t an option. So as time passed I submitted to everything and went on as many auditions that were available. Over the years the internet changed everything. I got in front of as many cameras as I could. I was on a mission and very relentless. The best class room is on set and I was determined to work my way up and soak up every last bit of experience that I could. Then Networking came into play, which I excelled at. I was on top of my game – you have to be if you’re going to compete and put yourself in a position to work and get those experiences and those opportunities you need very badly when you’re as hungry as I was. I never had much luck with the representation in Arizona. I got to a point where I took a lot of pride in finding my own work. The casting directors there knew I was passionate about what I was doing and that led to a lot of opportunities. I took full advantage of the internet in terms of research and making contact…and following up – very key! I got quite a bit of work outside of Arizona as well which was very key as well. It showed me that my hustle was strong and I wasn’t going to be held back – no chance. There were a couple great websites that I owe a lot to, www.durantcom.com being the main one. Laura Durant has single handily done so much for the acting community in Arizona. So as far as the independent scene out there I was a well oiled machine that took what I did very serious. I don’t forget where I come from and Arizona treated me as well as it’s ever treated anyone. This past December will make it three years living in Los Angeles. Nothing has changed. I plug away every single day and can’t sit still. I Network like crazy and I live for the grind. As we all know there’s several websites that you pretty much have to be a part of if you’re going to stay in the mix. I’m very proud to say that all the hard work and all those years in Arizona paid off and put me in a position to land an amazing manager and commercial agent off the bat when I moved here. Here in LA you’re only as good as your reps – that’s how I’m going to get the opportunities I’m looking for and on to the next challenge.
Q: What do you think makes someone want to be famous?
A: I actually have no idea. Fame is something I have pretty much no interest in. I understand with what I do you can find yourself getting some “fame” but I didn’t become an actor to be famous. I’m a pretty private dude so having complete strangers in my business isn’t an option. It isn’t about being rich either. I’m more interested in living a comfortable life, supporting my family once I settle down and working with good people on good projects. I’m not out there chasing red carpets, forcing it. I understand that it’s a part of the gig and I understand the PR part of it – It’s just not my thing. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve done it, I’ve made the rounds and when it makes sense it’s great to support something so many people put so much hard work into. I’ll plug and support projects I’m involved in to the fullest and participate in everything that comes with it. It just gets a little silly out there sometimes. I moved here to focus on the work. I’d say about 85% of the people that I’ve crossed paths with since I’ve lived here want to be famous, the rest are actors.
Q: What famous role could you have nailed?
A: Ya’ know, for years I’ve nailed a role in pretty much everything I’ve watched. I’ll find a role in everything I see that I could have played. There’s nothing too specific, all I can say is that I find something in everything! And it’s not always the lead role. Sometimes it’s a nice juicy supporting role, sometimes it’s a very interesting character that’s one of the smaller roles and sometimes it’s a great character that may just have one scene. I’m greedy, have always been that way. I wanna’ be in everything. So even the projects I see that I had nothing to do with – I knew I could have if given the opportunity.
Q: What makes someone a bad director?
A: Bad communication and not knowing what they want. Even “thinking” you know what you want can make things a little rough. In my opinion a smart director will surround themselves with talented people who are good at what they do, on both sides of the camera. And let everyone do their thing. I like a director who understands we aren’t saving lives here, we’re just all in a very fortunate position to be able to get paid for what we do – so let’s work as hard as we can and work together and we’ll all be proud of the final product. I can dig’ a very laid back approach or I can appreciate a director who’s very hands on and serious, even intense. I think sometimes directors feel like the need to go out of their way to “direct” because that’s their title and people are standing around looking at them, and they end up getting in their own way. If a director doesn’t understand that when an actor takes a role it’s 50/50 on everything down the line for that character in terms of approach, instincts and ideas..it’s usually gonna’ be a long day.
Q: What has been your biggest triumph as an actor?
A: One of my proudest moments is definitely the transition I made from Arizona to Los Angeles. I was very curious on what that was going to be like. My outlook and my approach was going to be tested and it was as smooth as I hoped it would be. My footage was the most important thing for me – it was like gold when I got here. Your work has to speak for itself. That’s a big deal when you live anywhere outside of Hollywood and you finally make the move here to live. And I mean, I’ve been doing my thing for a long time. It’s always quality or quantity – that will never change. Over the years credits can pile up on you, but it has nothing to do with the amount of projects – it’s seriously the relationships I’ve made and the amazing people I’ve been able to work with over time. You have to think about kind of person you have to be to want to become an actor – what you’re about to put yourself through – the thick skin, the patience and quite frankly the nerve it takes to just be able to tell someone that you want to be an actor, that you are an actor. It’s a pipe dream in the grand scheme of things. You’re entering the world of constant rejection and everyone is a critic. I could say my biggest triumph is holding my balls and working my ass off, putting myself out there for years, and putting myself in a position to wake up in the morning and say “I get to act today!!!” and that’s exactly what I do. This is the only life I’m ever going to have – why would I spend it not doing what I want to do. I’m seriously living my dream and it’s a better feeling then you think. I’m fully aware and I knew this when I took that first class I talked about earlier that nothing was going to be handed to me – if I wanted this bad enough it was going to be a long road, ups and downs, and every single bit of it is going to be earned. And I wouldn’t have it any other way. As far as I’m concerned I haven’t accomplished anything, nothing near where I want to be and what I want to do. I’m still hungry. I get more and more passionate every day. I’m going to be one of the few people out there who is gonna’ look back on their life without a single regret. I’ve never had a plan b in my life. This is it for me. Now, does that make me any different or any better then the thousands of actors out here? Absolutely not. There are so many damn good actors out here who have been putting in work for a very long time. I feel very proud to be hitting the pavement along with those other actors out there working as hard, sacrificing and chasing that dream…so that’s my biggest triumph as an actor…just to be along side my peers out here trying to make it happen.
Q: What has been your biggest disappointment?
A: No disappointments. When you know every night laying in bed before you close your eyes and fall asleep that you did everything in your power that day – then you’re left with no regrets…no disappointments. That goes from submitting to classes to rehearsals to auditions and being on set. Everything is an experience. Like anything else in life if you don’t learn from your experiences then you deserve what you get – straight up. There’s a lesson to be learned every day, especially in this business. Every audition I don’t book – I learn from it. Sure, I could look at it as disappointment because I didn’t get the part but I also know that I’m going to come back harder and even more prepared the next time. So I don’t focus on the negative. I keep it moving becuase I know the blood, sweat and tears is the easy part for me. One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned is you can’t worry about what you can’t control. You never know what’s really going on from audition to audition. The only thing I can worry about is my performance. I audition my ass off pretty much every day. When I do get an opportunity I’ll work hard for you. And I’ll live and die with every single one of my performances. As long as I know I put everything I had into it. I have no interests in disappointments.
Q: What is your strangest Show biz story?
A: I can’t say that I have a strange show biz story. I respect the privacy of actors so I’ll keep all the crazy stories from being on location to myself:) The best answer I can give is it’s interesting to meet people for the first time, especially people who’s work you’re very familiar with. You tend to be stuck with an idea of what they’re like and it’s always so different than what you thought.
Q: What is your day job and why is acting better?
A: Well, fortunately for me I’ve been a working actor for about six years now. I was a bouncer for years back in Arizona, that was the last job I had. Don’t get me wrong I scratch and claw for every cent I make. I’ve sacrificed my lifestyle for years. I keep things simple and I know how to stretch a dollar. I’m not caught up in the distractions here in LA. I stay focused and I believe 100% that all my hard work will pay off and I can live it up a bit later in life. Right now I’m continuing to learn and I’m very excited about what the future holds.
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