Q: What made you interested in acting?
A: I got interested in acting after I landed a Jack in the Box national radio commercial in high school. After that I signed on with a scam entertainment company that got me pictures and an agent and sent me on auditions but it cost a pretty penny. The whole acting process is fun, from the rehearsal, to talking to other people on set, and to finally see yourself on screen.
Q: You are the only actor in Los Angeles who answered my ad for actors with day jobs. You are a brave man. Why are actors in LA so ashamed to admit that they have day jobs?
A: Oh wow…i find that so surprising. There is no shame in my game. I know that most actors have day jobs as servers, customer service represents, and the whole gamut of the workforce. I think that some actors are ashamed because they think that they’re “better than that”. They believe that they are not destined to work there but hey…neither is someone who is going to college to get a degree to become a Marriage and Family Therapist but it’s what we gotta do. It’s a means to an end. Most actors in LA are not “working actors”.
Q: What is the worst “fake it til you make it story you have ever heard?
A: I dont know if this qualifies but a guy I knew was dating the director and their relationship was so contrived and it was obvious to everyone that saw them interact but the “actor” thought he was putting on an Oscar winning performance. We all knew that they were just using each other in a parasitic-host sort of relationship which seems very common in Hollywood.
Q: What is your strangest spa story?
A: I have not had any strange things happen while working…at least not yet but I did hear that a massage therapist would come to work drunk and have sex with her clients on the job.
Q: What is The Twisted Mind of Ray Hinkley about?
A: The Twisted Mind of Ray Hinkley is about a guy who is crazy and kills homosexual men and after killing them he stages scenarios where he’s interacting with them in real time.
Q: What role do you play?
A: I play the role of Charlie who is a guy that Ray hooks up with via the internet and ends up killing. I’m supposed to be the guy that he loves but he definitely has a weird way of showing it.
Q: What sort of training have you had in acting?
A: I trained with XXI Entertainment and also took acting in college at California State University Long Beach.
Q: . How do you use your acting skills in your day job?
A: I use my acting skills in my day job to persuade people to buy Spa memberships. Building rapport, liking, similarity, is all part of my job and as much as you’d think I use my acting to do this I actually learned this from my psychology degree. I also smile a lot…you tend to do this a lot in acting.
Q: What is the most realistic film or TV show you have ever seen about Hollywood?
A: I know there are probably more realistic films about Hollywood but the one that sticks out for me right now is Going Down in La La Land. It tells the story of Adam a young, handsome, guy who moves to Hollywood with dreams of making it big but at what price. It shows the life story of probably many of us trying to make it big in Hollywood. I know I can relate with him and his experience because I have done similar things as he did. (winks)
Q: What makes someone a good director?
A: Someone who relates to his actors and brings himself/herself down to their levels. What no one likes is a director who is on a pedestal. A director who gives good direction is golden because sometimes you’re put in a scene and just told to act the scene and then the director will get upset if you didn’t give him/her what he/she wanted…but without direction how is one to know what to do. A director with a sense of humor is by far the best…they make the whole experience fun and it doesn’t even seem like work.
Please note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects:)