King Blandon is an aspiring actor and songwriter; here is a link to his Soundcloud page:
Q: What made you want to be a performer?
A: I can’t look back at any moment and say that’s when I knew I wanted to perform. It’s something that’s always been there. I realized I had potential after my performance of Ke$ha’s “Tikk-Tok,” at my school talent show back in 2011. I outperformed the others and I was on cloud nine for a week. Also, In sixth grade I fell in love with acting after my first rehearsal for The Music Man.
Q: What is the most useful thing you were taught in acting class?
A: Most of what I learn in my acting class is relevant to acting. One thing that stands out is, “Always mean what you say.” I think in acting and in life it’s good to know what you want and be able to communicate it without others doubting you.
Q: What kind of day job do you have and how does it affect your ability to pursue acting?
A: I’m in college full time. Sometimes my school schedule can get in the way of an audition. Also school projects cut back the amount of time I have to work on my own personal projects.
Q: What do you like about Los Angeles?
A: I like the fast pace lifestyle and consistent cool sunny weather.
Q: What don’t you like about it?
A: When I moved here a year ago I hated the traffic. Now it’s something I’ve gotten used to and know I have to deal with. One thing that never gets old is the loneliness.
Q: What surprises you the most about the entertainment industry?
A: How hard it is to make contact with legit agents and agencies. Most small agencies pretty much beg for you, but then they want hundreds of dollars. You’re also not going to go far with them either. Also how hard it is to make your mark and get yourself noticed one way or another.
Q: What themes do you write about in your music?
A: I find myself writing songs about fictional stories I’ve created that take place inside Fantasyland. Also about being true to who you are and standing for what you like and believe in, even if you’re standing alone. A good example would be my song, “Unstoppable.”
Q: .What inspired the song Unstoppable?
A: I got the idea after my acting coach said that my limitations are yet to be explored. I thought to myself, why have limitations? It got my mind thinking and I decided to turn it into a song. As I was writing the word unstoppable became a better fit.The song’s lyrics are very much inspired by my personality. The first verse talks about my ability to stand up for myself and willingness to stand alone. Many people do drugs, drink, and smoke. When I say I never have and never will, they say its because I’m young, but the time will come. The second verse says, “Corruption’s not an option I won’t break…” That’s my response to those people. The chorus simply celebrates this idea of being you and accepting it.
Q: What famous role could you have nailed?
A: Spider-Man. Without a doubt I know I would have been a great Spider-Man.
Q: Who are some of your acting influences?
A: When I saw “The Great Gatsby,” I was amazed by Leonardo Dicaprio. Mainly the scene where he gets mad. I wished I could one day perform like he did. I also like how Lana Parilla has great access to her emotions on screen. She makes evil look so good. I like Halley Berry, Famke Janssen, Johnny Depp, and Patrick Stewart. I also wanted to be Zac Efron when I was 11 till I was about 15.
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