Los Angeles, IBM, Director discussed on The Thinking Atheist


You walked on the set you went everybody is at the top of their game here. And usually certainly in television, if you have a two or three page scene, you can expect it that will take maybe about. Or hours yourself, and you are usually afforded one or two takes. But surely by the third take a well, first of all by the on, the first take you wanna be spot on and if they're still running it's so saying, okay? Well, let's do another take. And then let's do a third take, and you have been in fact, you know, at least all the words have come out, and they wanna do third take you began going the making you don't like what I'm doing. And so I actually I remember saying that I go is everything. Okay. Don't know yet. Well, what was very different about that show is when I went when we took a break for a second while they were changing cameras around have you? I looked over at the video what we call the video village. And it wasn't just the DP in the director. It was the writer and the the Showrunner, and you know, the the executive, and what have you and I realized oh. Oh, they're working to they're not just collecting like on some shows. Did he say all his words? Yeah. All right. We got the shot. Yeah. Okay. Let's move on. It wasn't that they were creating as well. And once that became evident to me, I want I as an actor kube, relax, which is always what the issue is in these type of environments, especially if you are simply guest star. You know, everybody is new and everything is new and about have you so relaxing is paramount in terms of being able to do one's work. Is there ever been a time in recent memory? I mean, not even IBM have to answer this if you don't want, but if you ever had to compensate for the material like I'm going to have to interpret this in a way that elevates what I'm being asked to do that ever happened to you. Well, yeah, it happens all the time. I mean, you know, are are you know, amongst actors. We always say, well our job is to. Turn shit and shine. I mean, you know, and and there are scenes that you know, it's only because I've been asked about them over the years where I go. You know, why don't you go? Look what you lay down a little bit of a smoke screen to get people off the fact that the scene at south is really bumpy. But you do a little something over here and a little, you know, like a little shiny object over here for the audience, and and one gets a pass that scene shore. But in this stuff in this show it was spot on. So what you wanna do is to really stay in it. And so there was no smoke and mirrors on any of it. It was just cannot just relax and stay out of my own way at the camera. Do what supposed to do? You got your start on the daytime is that right? I did I went to drama school. And then I went into the theater and then out of that I got a contract. I I was at Stratford. In connecticut. And then I got a contract to go to Los Angeles. And I was a contract player. I didn't really know, frankly, what I wanted to do or I just all I saw around me or people who were having a very very difficult time actors who are having a very difficult time making ends meet. And I did not think of myself as being particularly talented about any of this stuff. So I was desperate not to fail that was one thing. And so the issue was was getting a job you have to get a job and for actors, we don't work very much. I mean, the the irony if for an actor is that many actors, you know, knew that they wanted to be actors by the.

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