– Can you tell us more about yourself?
Not much to tell, I’m a 47 year old Canadian father of 2 wonderful kids and recently married to my lovely wife Linda just last year. Been living here in Australia for close to 12 years now and we call the Central Coast our Home.
– How did you get started in the entertainment industry?
Chased a dream with my best friend back in my 20’s. We had a drunken night of honesty where we both admitted it was our dream to give acting a try. From that night, my buddy told me he had a possible hook up to get us into Hugh Hefners Playboy mansion for his 75th birthday party a month away. So I sold my car which was pretty new, used half the money to buy an old jeep and used the other half to pay for a road trip to Hollywood. The 2 of us drove 50 hours over 3 days and rocked up to the front door of the mansion not long after. From there, we got a taste of Hollywood, fame, celebrity, the industry as a whole. It was all around us. And from there we met an agent at the time who told us that we were idiots for thinking we could just drive down to Hollywood without proper working visas or anything and try and break into the industry. He told us to enjoy our trip, make lots of memories, and then go back to Canada and try to become an actor there first.And that’s what we did.
– What do you like most about acting?
For me, being in character has always been the safest way for me to be the most authentic version of myself. Like it’s an excuse to act the way I want to, but don’t always feel safe to in the real world.
– How different is it to act in a movie and to act in a TV series? And which one do you prefer?
Lots of similarities and differences, but I always enjoyed series work more because the results were more immediate. As in the show might be on a couple weeks later as opposed to films that sometimes take years to his theatres.
– What are your weak points when it comes to acting? How do you try to improve them?
When I’m not at my best, I can sometimes get caught trying to do too much or not believing that I am enough. That sometimes, that audience just needs to see you breath.
– What are your strong points as an actor?
I have a strong desire to be honest and authentic but this is probably a question better answered by someone else.
– What have you learned from the directors that you have worked with throughout your career?
Every story matters to someone way more than what you think.
– What are some of the difficulties of the acting business?
Rejection and trolling. It used to be just those in the room, and that was hard enough. Now its anyone with a mobile phone that is allowed in the conversation.
– What’s challenging about bringing a script to life?
Staying committed for the long run.
– What do you do when you’re not filming?
I work in Hospitality Management and do some coaching on the side but really, I try to use my free time to better myself and spend time with my family.
– What has been the most memorable experience of your career so far?
South Africa – I spent 6 weeks working a film in South Africa called “Alien Outpost”. 3 days of military boot camp and 6 weeks of playing a Military Sergeant. I definitely wouldn’t say I’m an advocate for gun rights in any respect, but I did have one heck of a good time playing army with my friends in the back yard for those 6 weeks.
– Who have been the most interesting people you’ve met so far?
I can tell you that of the most interesting people that I have met so far, none of them have been famous or actors.
– If someone is going to make your life into a movie, who would play you?
Would have to be my best mate Warren. Without him, nobody else would know half the shit that I’ve done.
– What are your future plans? Inside your career or out of it.
My focus atm is family and future. Making sure both are on track and heading where they need to go. Inside the industry, I have a few scripts that I am looking to get to the next level. After Xmas, I intend to start putting a little gas behind one of those.
– If there is anything else or interesting you can tell us