Interviewed by Mike Page, CSA
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1) Has there been a casting director that has encouraged and/or supported you in your career?
A casting director that has helped encourage me would definitely have to be Mike Page. He is someone who I look up to and has never treated me differently because of my disability. If anything, he has helped me push to prove that I am NO different and whatever I want to achieve is 100% tangible.
2) What work are you most proud of?
The work I’m most proud of is unquestionably the role of Chad Fox in Netflix’s new movie All Together Now. This being my first introduction into the world of film, I quickly knew I was in great hands with our director Brett Haley. Being surrounded by such a talented cast and hardworking crew gave me the confidence to really embody Chad.
3) How did you get your SAG-AFTRA card?
My SAG-AFTRA card has been a journey all in itself. I am very excited to say that with the help and support of my family, I was able to obtain the funds to become a member. Needing to do so to become a part of an amazing film that is now streaming on Netflix, All Together Now.
4) What was your first IMDbPro credit and how did you feel when you saw it?
My first official IMDbPro credit was earned for the guest role on TBS’s Angie Tribeca. I remember seeing my name in the credits after the show and had my friends pause it so I could take a picture. The following day, I clearly remember going to my Instagram and making my bio “IMDB OFFICIAL.. NBD”. It’s a memory I will always, always cherish!
5) How has IMDbPro helped you market yourself to filmmakers?
It has helped me personally market myself to filmmakers because it helps show legitimacy. Whomever I’m pitching myself to at the moment can view my online profile and obtain my credits and other information needed. It’s still so cool going online and seeing my profile!
6) Any funny casting room stories?
One of the funniest casting room stories has to be the time I was auditioning for a major retailer. There were a slew of props on a table in front of me and my direction was “say the line and add an action with one of our props” so after my first take I think, “What the heck, just go for it.” The CD says action, I say my line and grab this can of Diet Coke and proceed to open it with my teeth. The Coke fizzes everywhere and I take a big gulp and give the camera an “ahhh” and flash a smoldering smile. The CD says cut and there is this stunned look on his face.
7) Tell us a fun fact about you outside of acting:
I’ve recently discovered I am sort of a daredevil. I had the opportunity to surf in Santa Monica with a foundation called Life Rolls On. They give the opportunity for people with handicaps the ability to go out and not only surf, but other extreme sports. I am in recent talks to start the process of skydiving. I’ve had a couple friends of mine who are also in wheelchairs who have skydived and they said it’s an absolute amazing experience, so I think that’s my next thrill seeking experience.