I always wanted to be the center of attention even from a young age. There was this need in me to find approval from those around me. Maybe it was the fact that I was the youngest by a wide margin and I wanted to seem older than I actually was.
As I was growing up I struggled to be noticed by my peers. Rarely was I successful in any positive way. This is mainly due to the fact that I was socially awkward and frankly didn't know what the hell I was doing. As I've gotten older I realize this was the case for most people but some are just better at hiding it than others.
Then one day in 7th grade social studies we were broken up into groups and given a project we had to present at an assembly to the entirety of the 7th grade class a week or so later. My group was given an transcription of an interview with some survivors of the Titanic. My friend Nicole was the interviewer and the other two students and myself were the survivors. My memory fails me yet again at who the other students were our group. The survivor I was portraying was in his thirties at the time of the sinking of the Titanic so by the time this interview happened he would have been an old man. So I ended up playing this character with no teeth, sounding like an old prospector. I hobbled onto the stage with a cane with my lips pulled over my teeth. And when it came time for me to speak I laid it on thick. The wall of laughter from the audience was intoxicating. Though I'm sure with time the laughter has become that much more uproarious every time I remember it. This was the first time in my life I was making an audience laugh. That was when I knew what I needed to do with my life.
Many stage productions, a lot of self doubt, and over twenty years have passed since that cold winter afternoon. But now I sit here a voice actor. I wish I could go back tell that goofy 13 year old. I'm sure that would make his day...
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