Olivier Saint-Victor is an actor who appears in the web-series Tyler Perry Mason; here is a link to his YouTube page:
Q: What made you interested in acting?
A: When I was young I would get into these crazy characters and have so much fun doing them. I also loved watching cartoons I thought they were cool. So I started going to acting classes to get better, to get knowledge on the art form and to be real serious.
Q: What is Tyler Perry Mason about?
A: It’s a black style procedural based off of the original procedural Perry Mason. It was a pilot I did with an associate from Tyler Perry. We went to the readings, shot the pilot and started shopping it. Then the orignal executive producer had to leave the show and an all new cast, crew came in. We taped a few shows then got some airplay on Pasadena T.V. and Padnet Long Beach.
Q: What role do you play?
A: I played Detective Grayson the lead detective for the police department. It was good for me you know, I was just waiting to do a piece with action. You know something to get the adrenaline going real good.
Q: How did you become involved with the show?
A: I went in for an audition at the producers house. He had me cold read for a detective then picked me that day. I told them I was excited to be able to work with them on the show.
Q: What is the best advice an acting coach ever gave you?
A: There are many things you have to remember when acting. 1 main thing though that will help is to fully listen to the other actor, to concetrate.
Q: What kind of day job do you have and how does it influence your acting?
A: I’m part owner of a medical clinic. If you want to go anywhere you can’t rely only on the fact that your going to support yourself from acting right from the start. Especially if your new to the industry. You’ll need steady funding to get started.
Q: What is your strangest on-set story?
A: There could be an interesting one from my new film The Lion Horn Of Christ that i’m starring in. It would be though on the set of Tyler Perry Mason. When we were shooting a scene at a public library. Some disgusting looking guy walked on set bothering the whole crew. One of our main actors at the time approached the guy. Both of them started arguing talking about going to the parking lot to have a fist fight. I was like I ahh I really want to film this scene, so I told them to back off. They did and I got to shoot some of my best work.
Q: What screenwriter would you most like to work with?
A: One that wrote a comic book superhero flick…or a romance movie. You learn a lot of good qualities, right life lessons and firm representaion watching superhero movies.
Q: What do you like about Hollywood?
A: I’m from here. Been going to the city since I was a teenager. It’s good for me because of the entertainment industry. I told myself I should be polite.
Q: What about it would you change?
A: If there is any problem sometimes I wise up and let it go and move on. You know…don’t let myself dwell so much on the negativity and bad feelings. I have to be honest with my self to become a better man and to be a better leader. Have faith. If there’s any change to be made i’d say look to the sun.
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