This is Nelson.
Nelson, tell us little more about how you first got into acting?
I have always been interested in acting.
In high school, I was involved in the stage crew and was in charge of working the spotlight.
I had to learn everyone’s cues and lines.
Sometimes, the director would have to tell us to be quiet upstairs because we would recite lines aloud to the point where they could hear us downstairs.
I was asked to audition for one of the parts but I never thought of acting as a craft/art that I could be a part of.
I stuck with sports.
Later, after graduating college (for business) and a few 9-5’s later, I moved to California.
I worked background for a couple of years and moved back to NYC to get my life together.
I enrolled at Terry Schreiber Studios in NYC and knuckled up to give it one more attempt.
This was when I officially made the discovery and decision that I really enjoyed the craft and wanted to pursue a career in acting.
What would you say is the most difficult aspect about starting a career in entertainment?
You have to understand yourself as a person and as a brand.
There are many talented individuals that do not understand how to market themselves in this business and do not know how to separate themselves as the brand and individual.
You can’t take anything personal and you have to be able to move on to the next opportunity; but at the same time learning from what just happened. Lol.
It’s a constant fight; for the opportunity to audition, the audition, the callback, understanding the character, shoot schedule, compensation, making sure compensation is paid, making sure your rep receives his/her commission, confirming your project/role does not get cut out or shelved, acquiring footage for your reel...then on to the next audition.
You have to have tough skin and be very grounded.
What would you say to any aspiring actors/writers who look up to you?
Go for it!
You are going to fall, bomb, and get rejected.
It’s a part of the process.
Find the strength to get up, learn from it and never do it again.
When you do it again, don’t be so hard on yourself lol.
It’s a marathon, not a race.
It also takes a team but YOU have to do the work for YOUR career.
You will find your team along your journey.
Do you have anything new or upcoming we can expect to see from you?
I have a short film on Amazon Prime called, “Tubby Hook” available for stream.
I also will be heading to Atlanta later on this summer to film a project.
More details to come so make sure you stay connected via social media.
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"Tubby Hook" on Amazon Prime: Tubby Hook
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