Robert Michael Anderson is an aspiring actor and co-company manager of RWS& Associates; here is a link to his website:
Q: What made you interested in acting?
A: Acting is the only thing I ever saw myself doing with my life. there is something euphoric about allowing oneself to completely become immersed in another character, and it’s both spiritually and creatively stimulating.
Q: What is RWS and Associates?
A: RWS and Associates is a full in house entertainment and production company based out of NYC, headed by Ryan W Stana and a powerhouse team of entertainment professionals. Their client list is remarkable and the company is highly respected amongst the industry
Q: What role do you play in the company?
A: I am currently a co-company manager and different leading characters in their new productions at Idlewild in Pennsylvania, and occasionally am called to do behind the scenes work such as scouting at the model and talent expo in Dallas, TX
Q: Who are some of your acting influences?
A: Early on, Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire were big influences, as my “type” tends to be more golden age musical theatre and vintage/period American (such as WW2, 20’s, 30’s, etc). More contemporary, on the other hand, my influences range from Rachel McAdams in “To the Wonder” and Eric Mccormack in “Perception.” Although I am viewed as an upbeat and funny guy, the roles I succeed best at are more dramatic/serious in nature.
Q: .What kind of day job do you have and how does it influence your acting?
A: I have the most amazing day job! I work at a dog daycare, Posh Pet Care, and they offer amazingly flexible hours to allow for auditions during the day and I work the night shifts. I bathe, feed, and take care of tons of dogs on a daily basis.
Q: What’s your cutest dog story?
A: There’s one dog, Bruno, and he’s a mixed breed Mini-pin and just about every day I am able to rock him to sleep in my arms. Q: What famous role could you have nailed A: The role of Jack in Titanic. Honestly, I’m just about as young at heart with love and romantic in nature as that role could ever ask for. I’m also great with vintage and period roles, so I totally could rock that role.
Q: What role did you play in The Drowsy Chaperone?
A: I played the male lead, Robert Martin
Q: What did you do to prepare for the role?
A: The biggest challenge in the role for me was rollerskating blind folded toward a 13 foot stage drop, having never rollerskated before on vintage 1920’s skates. I had to take weekly skating lessons on top of an intense vocal and dance rehearsal daily. It was an intense process but it paid off when I was nominated bu the Kennedy Center for an Irene/Ryan actor award for outstanding leading performance.
Q: If you could change one thing about show business what would it be?
A: Image and the pressure to fit into a “leading” stereotype. I know models with Ford Models and Wilhelmia who eat cotton balls and water for lunch to stay thin. I am who I am, and I am fit and stay active not just for my roles but also because it’s who I am, and I’m not going to let anyone, especially the “industry” tell me otherwise. I spent a year listening to professionals and stylists and image consultants and didn’t book a thing. I did what I felt would work for me and I’ve been booking like crazy. Just sayin’.
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