ADVICE ON THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE ACTING INDUSTRY, BUT THAT NO-ONE WILL NECESSARILY TELL YOU. I WILL BE DOCUMENTING WHAT I LEARN ABOUT BEING A WORKING ACTOR AS I GO ALONG, SO THAT YOU CAN LEARN FROM MY MISTAKES/SUCCESSES AND AVOID SOME OF THE PITFALLS I MAY HAVE LANDED IN WITHOUT KNOWING BETTER. THIS IS NOT THE HOLY GRAIL - SO I WELCOME COMMENTS AND FEEDBACK THAT ARE HELPFUL TO THE NEW OR EVEN SEASONED ACTOR OUT THERE
For Chris: I’ve always really wanted to get into acting and/or comedy but I’m terrified of failing at it. How do you get the courage to perform?- Anonymous
Here’s a question I answer on a pretty frequent basis. I will happily go off on this topic, as I think I have some unique experiences that allow me to offer some perspective that might help you.
Advice to someone who just moved to NYC and wants to break into the comedy scene:
One, I would take some classes at the UCB. Two, the secret to the success of The State was we never waited for anyone to ask us to do anything, or for anyone’s approval to do anything. We just fucking did stuff. We were shooting all the time, writing all the time. We would put up a live show every couple of months. We were aggressive. If you wait around for an opportunity to come up, it’s not coming. It isn’t, ever. Opportunities are not coming. The only opportunities that are coming are the ones you create. Otherwise you are just waiting around.