(Originally published on Act.Land)
Scott Vinci is an actor who appears in the film, High and Outside; here is a link to his IMDB page:
Q: When did you know you wanted to be an actor?
A: When I was a kid, I remember I dressed up as Groucho Marx for Halloween one year. Most kids didn’t even know who he was. I just wanted to make people laugh.
Q: What is High and Outside about?
A: High and Outside is a Baseball film. I had a small part and was never handed the whole script. So, I’m not totally sure.
Q: What role do you play?
A: I played the part of a salesman at a used car lot.
Q: What kind of day job do you have and how did you draw from it when playing a salesman?
A: At the time I was working in the coffee biz (Starbucks) so I drew from that by talking to everyone. That’s what salesmen do. They don’t know who their next sale will be! My current day job is managing an apartment complex. Dealing with all types of tenants has helped with every role actually.
Q: What is your most memorable audition story?
A: I remember in college, I was auditioning for a play, and I forgot part of my monologue. I tried again and was a little too nervous. I still couldn’t remember. I felt terrible and my audition wasn’t that great, BUT I got the part anyway. The director and producer, at the time, had seen my previous work. They knew I could deliver, and I did.
Q: What is the best and worst advice anyone has ever given you about the pursuit of acting?
A: The best advice was, “It’s a marathon, not a sprint.” The worst advice was to crash auditions.
Q: How would you approach playing a character that you did not like?
A: I would realize the thing I didn’t like about the character and find out why they were that way. Then I would remind myself, that’s not me and it’s ok to be this guy for a moment.
Q: What famous role would you like to attempt?
A: In theater, I think Felix in the Odd Couple.
Q: What one thing would you like to change about the film industry?
A: When we go to the movies– free popcorn!
Q: What makes you castable?
A: The fact that I work well, respect everyone’s time, and know how to build a character make me castable.
Please note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects.