Tyler Wolfe is an actor who stars in the film Symphoria; here is a link to his IMDB page:
Q: 1. What is Symphoria about?
A: Symphoria is about a spoiled rich kid named Shawn Wittig who has had his share of problems. Having just returned from a 10-year stay in Europe where he fled to escape a possible manslaughter charge, Shawn continues to struggle with addictions to drugs and alcohol. Within months, he is charged in a DUI accident. Instead of prosecution, he is released into a teaching/rehabilitation program at the local university run by a brilliant but mysterious female chemist. Soon, the professor and Shawn become romantically involved. But things are not as they seem, and the illicit relationship eventually turns deadly.
Q: What role do you play?
A: I play the lead role of Shawn Wittig. It was a great role to play because Shawn really goes through some life changes throughout the course of the film. It was my first lead role in a feature, and I’ll forever be grateful for the experience.
Q: How did you become involved with the project?
A: I became involved in the project by getting an audition through an amazing organization called The Actors Network. A fellow member was directing the film. She called me in for an audition, I got a callback and I booked the part.
Q: What made you want to become an actor?
A: During my senior year at the University of Michigan, I randomly got to act in a 3-minute horror film shot in black and white. It was such a blast! Within the next couple years after college, I still really had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. I moved back to California and lived in Berkeley with some friends who had just graduated. I was waiting tables, skateboarding around town and just enjoying myself. My friend and I wrote a screenplay, and I thought I wanted to go down that road. I met with a professional screenwriter to get some tips, and he told me that taking an acting class would help my writing. I loved it and the rest is history. In middle school, I was in two plays and those experiences were amazing. I still remember the laughter of the crowd after I delivered my first funny line. I also used to make short films and episodes of “Cops” with my brother and neighborhood friends. Things just had to come full-circle and I had to realize that what I did as a kid is my true passion. I like to have fun, I like to play and I like to connect with others.
A: I grew up in southern California so it’s easy for me to stay. My family is close and I enjoy going home and visiting. I also have a strong relationship with the Pacific Ocean…I just have to jump in once in a while. I’ve only been to New York once. I had a great time but Southern California will always be home. Of course, if I book an acting gig and need to relocate to New York, I’d do so in a heartbeat. It actually sounds great to not have to drive anymore!
Q: What famous role could you have nailed and why?
A: I could have nailed any of Daniel Day-Lewis’ roles, of course. My Left Foot? Piece of cake! Ok, ok, I joke. I could have played ‘Stifler’ in American Pie though. I can play the funny jerk! There are other roles that I think I could have nailed. But they weren’t mine to get. My roles are out there.
Q: What kind of day job do you have and how does it influence your work?
A: Having a day job that pays the bills and is flexible enough to go on auditions at a moments notice is, to me, the hardest part about being an actor. I have been a tutor, substitute teacher, building inspector, cater-waiter, and I worked in casting for game shows for about a year. I recently got a job as a casting producer, and it’s a work-from-home job. I’m excited to get started!
Q: What is your strangest Hollywood story?
A: I had an audition for a feature film called Jack the Reaper. The audition started and I said my first line. The casting director was supposed to respond and she didn’t. She just stared at me. After a while I said: are you going to say your line, or…?? She said, “Oh, no, just go ahead and do the whole scene. Just say your lines.” I looked at her like she was crazy and I kind of laughed and then just went on with the scene…by myself! I eventually got a callback that was much more conventional and ended up booking the job. After the final days of shooting, I talked to the director about the strange audition, and she told me she was messing with me and wanted to see my reaction.
Q: What makes you fameworthy?
A: I know people say this a lot, but I don’t really need to be famous. I think it would be an interesting ride, but I really just want to work consistently, be able to pay all my bills through acting, and live comfortably. Okay, that’s a lie. I want to be famous. I want to be a big fat movie star. I want my face on billboards and my name in lights. As Laurence Olivier said when Dustin Hoffman asked him, “Why do we do what we do?” “Look at me, look at me, look at me, look at me…” So…what makes me fameworthy? I have trained for many years, and I know that one can never stop training or learning, and that one can always be better. I’m a great actor, I take direction well and I’m fun to have on set. Plus…I’m Tyler Wolfe! Look at me, look at me, look at me!
Q: What is the most misunderstood thing about Hollywood?
A: I think that a lot of people have this idea that they will just come to Hollywood and be discovered. There was a small part of me that thought that at first. I was like, “I’m special, I’m talented I look pretty good…I’ll be discovered soon.” But everyone is special, and there are tons of good-looking, talented people. So…it doesn’t really work like that. Maybe it does for some people, but its extremely rare. Or maybe I’m just a little bitter that I’ve been in the game for 6 years and I still have not been discovered while waiting in line at Starbucks. It takes a lot of work, talent, and knowledge about how the business of acting works. It takes crazy persistence. I’m still trying to figure it out and, the thing is, there is nothing to really ‘figure out’. There is no roadmap that guarantees a successful career. I just keep working and putting myself out there, and connecting with people that know more than me. The magic Hollywood career fairy isn’t going to just fly down, sweep me off my feet and drop me on a Tarantino set. It takes work. In fact, I need to work much harder. Thank you for the inspiration!
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