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A MOMENT WITH CROWLEY’S TOMB…ANTHONY ZIENTEK

CROWLEY’S TOMB CASTING UPDATES:

Casey Jay Moore, Screen Writer and Producer announces the latest casting of actor Anthony Zientek as the dynamic character “Zombie” of the Cemetery Boys. Film production begins summer of 2017.

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Let’s get to know a little more about Anthony!

Q. It seems fans always want to know what an actor’s process is when preparing for past, or present character roles. Take us through your process when researching, developing and transitioning on the set for your character roles?

A. When preparing for a new role I like to do extensive research on my character, I want to find out what makes then tick, what makes then laugh, how they react to certain situations. I want to get into the characters head so much, I become the them! I hear story’s about people who have to stay in character for months at a time so they don’t loose it. Personally I have no problem getting in and out of character while on set or at home.

Q. Who is your favorite actor and why?

A. Its difficult to breakdown my favorite actor into just a single person! I think Denzel Washington had the greatest emotion of any actor. Leonardo DiCaprio can get into a character better than any actor I’ve ever seen. And Tom Hanks is just all around AMAZING!
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Q. What would your dream role be? What would you bring to the character?
A. A dream role for me would be would be someone with duel personalities. I really like the idea of playing multiple characters in the same movie and showing off my talents. I would also like to play a sadistic serial killer type. Let my crazy come out! The crazier and freakier the role, the better. Someone like the Joker, or any character from Rob Zombie’s films!
Q. Do you prefer to play the villain or the hero? Why?
 A. I am a villain at heart! I will always prefer to play “the bad guy”! The hero is to easy and its always the same story… The villain gets to have all the fun! He gets the bad girls! The villain gets to do what ever he wants where the hero follows all the rules.
Q. Tell the fans about a fun fact that we might not be aware of.
A. A fun fact about myself…. I did a commercial for Hydroxycut out in LA and lost 33 pounds!
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Q. What was the hardest role you’ve ever played and why?
A. Honestly I haven’t played a role that was overly difficult yet! I imagine playing Zombie will be my greatest and most difficult role to play!
Q. On the flip side, what was the most fun role you’ve ever played?
 A. I played the role of a heartbroken ex boyfriend trying to get his girl back, that was fun. Mostly because all of the kissing and heavy petting scenes!
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Q. Tell us about where you got your training?
A. I took acting classes throughout middle and high school and attended The Naples Players acting school as well.
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Q. What advice would you give to aspiring actors?
A. Don’t give up on your dreams! I’m still chasing mine.
Q. If not an actor, what profession would you choose to occupy? Why?
A. I would actually prefer to write and direct movies! The acting is secondary to that! My dream is to make movies of my own. I have so much information in my head I would like to put on paper I could probably make 4 movies right off the back! I just need somebody to write while I talk… I hate sitting for long periods of time!
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A MOMENT WITH CROWLEY’S TOMB… Timothy Kittelstad

CROWLEY’S TOMB CASTING UPDATES:

Casey Jay Moore, Screen Writer and Producer is excited to announce that actor Timothy Kittelstad has been chosen to play the badass character “Shadow” of the Cemetery Boys. Film production begins summer of 2017.

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A small taste of what’s to come…

 Here’s our Q and A session with Timothy!

 Q. It seems fans always want to know what an actor’s process is when preparing for past, or present character roles. Take us through your process when researching, developing and transitioning on the set for your character roles?

A. Becoming another character is not about getting into that characters head, but rather letting him get into yours! To become another person you must immerse yourself in his world, understand how he thinks, but more important, why he thinks that. To do that research before taking on a role is critical. Whether it be delving into a book, or history, or, if possible, meeting the person to understanding who they are. Once you have grasp of the character you merge your thoughts with his and you begin to “character think”, the person you have become starts to develop his own thoughts. Once the mind has merged the body will follow and you will have now become the role. When on set, the wardrobe usually helps complete the transformation. Which allows the character to flow through the lines and not the acting saying the lines. Sometimes, it is necessary to get in character before camera rolls to have an easy transition. I will many times, ad lib lines to myself as the character to clinch the roll right before going on set.

Q. Who is your favorite actor and why?

A. Cary Grant and Jackie Chan are two of my favorite actors. Cary had incredible versatility, able to go from a goofy ball to a the suave and debonair heart throb very easily. Jackie Chan, was\is, simply brilliant. Not only was he a great martial artist, he developed his own style of entertainment which has been unmatched since.

Q. What would your dream role be? What would you bring to the character? 

A. I don’t necessarily have  dream roll. I want to help create new things that no one has seen before and tell a good story! A story that uplifts, or motivates, or challenges people to be better.

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Q. Do you prefer to play the villain or the hero? Why?

A. I prefer to play the hero. Being the Villain can be fun but with so much negativity in the world I love to play the person people would look up to!

Q. Tell the fans about a fun fact that we might not be aware of.

A. My first dream was to play professional soccer! At 17 I toured Italy with a US team and in April 2011 I blew my knee out which destroyed my chances.

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Q. What was the hardest role you’ve ever played and why?

A. On film I haven’t had a hard roll but in high school I had the lead in the senior play and becoming a smooth, cool character was hard for me since I was the awkward dork in high school.

Q. On the flip side, what was the most fun role you’ve ever played?

A. Most fun roll was when I actually played a villain in  short student film. First fight I choreographed so that made it special. It had an extended woods chase scene with an epic ending battle.

A sample of Timothy’s work-

Q. Tell us about where you got your training?

A. I had taken 4 years of drama in High School but no formal film training.

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Q. What advice would you give to aspiring actors?

A. Decide!! If you want to do something do it 100%! Don’t “give it try” or “see what happens”; decide whether or not you want to be an actor and then give it everything you have!

Q. If not an actor, what profession would you choose to occupy? Why?

I would be doing entrepreneurial work!

 

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A MOMENT WITH CROWLEY’S TOMB… Lisa Leonard

CROWLEY’S TOMB CASTING UPDATES:

Casey Jay Moore, Screenwriter and Producer is very happy to announce actress Lisa Leonard has landed the creepy role as “Bloody Mary”.  Film production begins summer of 2017!

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Here’s just a taste of whats to come…..

 

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Now let’s get to know Lisa Leonard!!!

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Q. It seems fans always want to know what an actor’s process is when preparing for past, or present character roles. Take us through your process when researching, developing and transitioning on the set for your character roles? 
A. First I read the script so I can get an idea of the story.  I then mark my lines & record them so I can get them memorized as quickly as possible. The quicker I get them memorized, the faster I can start experimenting with my character.  I also look on Youtube to see if there are other videos of that character to see how other actors portray them (if the character has been done before) just to get a flow of the role.  Then I start researching different looks to get ideas of makeup & different looks I think the character would look like.  Once I’ve done this, I create a background story as to why that character turned out like they did.
Q. Who is your favorite actor and why?
A. I’m a big musical theater fan as well as, old movies so my favorite classic stars of the past are Judy Garland, James Stewart.  Current stars are Robert Downey, Jr., Meryl Streep, Mandy Patikin & many others.
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Q. What would your dream role be? What would you bring to the character?
A. I’ve always wanted to do a voiceover for a full length animated or live action movie.  If I was doing a musical, my dream roles would be Mame, Golde from Fiddler on the Roof, any type of fun character role for a fantasy type movie or, a wacky neighbor or, mean villan that you love to hate. 🙂
Q. Do you prefer to play the villain or the hero? Why?
A. It depends on the movie.  Villains are more fun to play because they’re more versatile but, I’ve played good guy roles too.  I really would have to say both depending on what the role was.
 
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Q. Tell the fans about a fun fact that we might not be aware of.
A. I’ve been tandem skydiving a few years ago & really loved it!  Would do it again!
Q. What was the hardest role you’ve ever played and why?
A. It was a mom role on an episode called “Dead of Night” on Discovery ID Channel where my daughter was murdered by her ex boyfriend.  I don’t have kids so I took that feeling of grief that I’ve had for loved ones & applied it to the mom role.
 
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Q. On the flip side, what was the most fun role you’ve ever played?
A. Mrs. Potts from the play “Beauty & the Beast” and also the part of Dottie in a comedy film where I played a Southern Boutique owner of a store with misfit employees who I sold to someone else.
Q. Tell us about where you got your training?
A. Graduated with a BA in Music from Stetson University in DeLand, FL where I had classical vocal training.  Also took acting classes from a variety of teachers here & attended seminars as well.  I also learned from just performing on stage in theatres but, also doing independent films working with many types of people & directors.
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Q. What advice would you give to aspiring actors?
A. Don’t give up on your dream & don’t listen to dream stealers!  Do what makes you happy.
Q. If not an actor, what profession would you choose to occupy? Why?
A. A Veterinarian because I love animals & wanted to be a vet when I was younger.
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A MOMENT WITH CROWLEY’S TOMB…Yi Liu Christina

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CROWLEY’S TOMB NEWS & CASTING:

The extremely talented actress Yi Liu Christina has been selected as the perfect actress to bring to life the ever so dangerous bounty hunter “Fudeng Dragon”.  Wanted Dead or Alive and the Dragon prefers dead and has a taste for killing the impossible Ghost of the Cemetery Boys. Don’t look now but she is right behind you in the ultimate game of Cat & Mouse…

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Q. It seems fans always want to know what an actor’s process is when preparing for past, or present character roles. Take us through your process when researching, developing and transitioning on the set for your character roles.

A. I like to live in my role, I like to dig into as much details of the background of the character as possible, so that I can become the character herself. My first real character was a drug-addicting teen in a play performed in my college, I spent weeks watching clips of famous actors depicting drug-addicting characters while at the same time gradually buried myself into the mood of the girl who lost hope of the world and blaming it on her divorced parents. When I first applied the role, the director didn’t trust me being able to do this role, but weeks later, I gave him a show that exceeded the girl he initially chose for the role. Funny thing is, after the show, lots of students in my college asked me if I have really been addicted to drug before, because it looked too real that it actually scared them 😛

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Q. Who is your favorite actor and why?

A. I have many favorite actors, my first inspiration is Donny Yan. He gave me the inspiration to become a martial artist. But acting wise, my favorite is definitely Johnny Depp. I watched many Tim Burton movies during the years I grew up in China and loved all the characters Johnny Depp played while had no idea that it was the same actor until many years later (Due to the lack of internet when I was young, had no way to look up the cast). That to me is a real success as an actor: Not being limited to a certain type of roles, but has the ability to become anyone and deceiving the audiences’ eyes at the same time.

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Q. What would your dream role be? What would you bring to the character?

A. My dream role has always been an extremely twisted character, a character that has exact opposite personalities in one body, one super innocent and sweet, the other extremely evil, all under the disguise of a nice girl. I have always been discovering different sides of myself in my journey of self-exploring, and I give all my personalities a soil to develop, so that when the opportunity comes, I can bring out the extremely contradictory personalities in a way of harmony.

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Q. Do you prefer to play the villain or the hero? Why?

A. Definitely villain! The beauty of being an actor to me, is to be able to live so many lives and looking at the world in different eyes, while other people only have one chance. Playing villain is so much fun to me because I get to let out a totally different me and be as creative as I can with it. To me, hero has its limits, a hero can only be so “hero”, but a villain has no limits, it can be as bad as you can imagine!

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Q. Tell the fans about a fun fact that we might not be aware of.

A. Zootopia is my favorite Disney movie in the recent 5 years. I have experienced almost all the difficulties Judy went through when she came to Zootopia to realize her dream. I came to America to pursue my master’s degree without knowing anyone in this country. Have been looked down upon because of my size, been taken as “exotic cute”, neighbor problems, been made fun of because of accent… You name a few. And by the end of the day, still need to look cheered up when calling the family. All those difficult times have become my fuel and when look back, they have all become heartwarming memories thanks to all the friends I made on the journey. And, I met my foxy Nick at Kung Fu temple.

Q. What was the hardest role you’ve ever played and why?

A. I have not played many roles yet, but I would say the hardest role I have played was a small role when I was in a group participating the 48 hour film project. The whole 48-hour production is already super stressful, and there was no any information given about my character, I had to come up with a background setting for the role on the fly so that I can make the role a real person. I barely had any lines, but I was in shot a lot, so I had to be acting the whole time without instruction of what I was supposed to do. It was also my first time acting in front of camera, since my most experience before was stage play, I had to remind myself the whole time to not bring the stage acting style into the camera. But after all, it was a very precious learning experience.

Q. On the flip side, what was the the most fun role you’ve ever played?

A. The most fun role in film I have ever played so far was one of the villains among a group of robbers. I was the most badass fighter among all the bad guys in that film, but the most fun part was actually not the fighting part, but the part when I got killed. I had a lot fun portraying a death from trachea been broken, all the chokings, struggles, and eventually a painful death gave me a chance to fully utilize not only my acting skill but also my medical knowledge

Q. Tell us about where you got your training?

A. I didn’t have formal training in acting, just joined the acting club in college and was trained by the professor in charge of the club. But life actually gave me more training on acting more than anything. As of martial arts training, I had three years in Taekwondo when I was in China, achieved black belt. Picked up Kung fu again after I moved to Orlando.

Q. What advice would you give to aspiring actors?

A. Me myself is still an aspiring actor, still learning and growing, still have a long way to go. I just want to encourage all my fellow mates, don’t give up, no matter how many times you got rejected at audition, just keep on trying, and keep on sharpening yourself on the go!

Q. If not an actor, what profession would you choose to occupy? Why?

A. I am actually a research engineer as of my full time job. I have to be able to feed myself before I can pursue my passion 😛 I am also an artist on the side, learned painting for more than 10 years. I love to branch into different professions and challenge my creativity.

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A Moment With Crowley’s Tomb… Justin Larsche

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CROWLEY’S TOMB NEWS & CASTING UPDATES:
I am extremely proud to announce that actor Justin Larsche has landed the lead role as the conflicted Cemetery Boy George St. Louie, better know as “Preacher”.  Justin will also play a slew of evil characters which I will not reveal at this time. There is no other actor I trust more!!  He truly is the “Blessed Hell Rider”. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWWpZDsN2Ao      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RMpf-Syar8w

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Q- It seems fans always want to know what an actor’s process is when preparing for character roles. Take us through your process when researching, developing and transitioning on the set for your character roles?

A- Well since I’ve done more theatre then film I’ll start there. First I get my script read it all the way through. Then I really focus on learning my lines, I’ll find the character more in rehearsal. I read over a scene a few times so I understand what my character is talking about then record myself so I can listen to it at any chance I get throughout the day. Once the words are in my head I can go to rehearsal without trying to act while reading and really discover who I am trying to portray. Being a lover of music I figure who does this character listen to? After that I will listen to an artist or music style through all rehearsal and run time. From there I just feed off of the director, the cast and whatever feels natural to the character. The one film I’ve done I only had a week to prep and no lines in the script. Lucky the director was willing to let me try some improv which turned out pretty crazy seeing how I was playing a sick sadomasochistic Russian mobster. Villains are always easier to play but we will get to that later.

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Q- Who is your favorite actor and why?

A- No way, I could ever have one favorite actor! But here’s maybe my top three: Heath Ledger-not just cause he was the best joker ever!! And yes, that is my favorite of his performances. The things that Ledger could do from one movie to the next from being the best hero to the most evil villain just showed his amazing versatility. He went way too soon! I think he had a lot more to offer us in my opinion! Gary Oldman- because this man is a true chameleon! Fans will never see him do the same thing twice! I mean from Jim Gordon to the pimp in True Romance to Count Dracula I mean need I say more!? Leonardo DiCaprio-because the man is dedicated to his roles goes full into character we are talking about a man who split his had open in the middle of a scene and ran with it even deciding to wipe the blood on another character’s face! That’s just brave acting!!

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Q- What would your dream role be? What would you bring to the character?

A- Dream role would be the Joker on the big screen. It’s a character very dear to me that I have portrayed many times but to do it officially on set would blow my mind! I would bring to it my own inspirations from all the material out there and I surely would put my own original flare and twists to it. After that I would go to town!

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Q- Do you prefer to play the villain or the hero? Why?

A-Hero or villain hummm, well a few years ago I’d say villain, villain, and villain again! But I find the hero to be more of a challenge honestly. I like a challenge but my God the villain certainly is fun to play!!! I think we shall call this a 50/50 heads or tails proposition.

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Q- Tell the fans about a fun fact that we might not be aware of.

A- I’m a total superhero geek but if you saw my FACEBOOK page you would quickly figure it out!

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 Q- What was the hardest role you’ve ever played and why?

A- The hardest role I ever played was Justin Larsche’s real life. Acting is only hard if you let it. But if that’s not the answer you’re quite looking for then I’d say Larry from Patrick Marbers Closer. It was my first onstage production. It was 10 of 12 scenes and a few of those scenes were very emotionally driven!

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QOn the flip side, what was the most fun role you’ve ever played?

A- I’d have to say also Larry from Closer though it was an emotional rollercoaster. It was an experience like I’ve never had before and that’s hard to top!

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Q-Tell us about where you got your training?

A- I got my training from sitting on my ass watching tons of TV. Sound like a joke? It’s not!!! I didn’t realize I was acting my whole life through TV and movies. I study the great actors and their performances over and over wanting to do what they were doing. I also studied bad actors and I learned over time what not to do! I work very hard memorizing movie lines until it comes natural to me. I would also work on body movements and I would stare in the mirror for hours practicing facial expressions. Now I’m training by working, doing theater, character gigs and whatever gets me that much closer to doing what I love!

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Q- What advice would you give to aspiring actors?

A-Take every risk you can but make sure you have another way to make a living cause this is a very hard game to make money at!!

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Q-If not an actor, what profession would you choose to occupy? Why?

A- Well I’ve done pool construction for the past 15 years, soooooo not that!!!  I just want to be in the entertainment field if not an actor then a director, a performer, a promoter, a producer or anyone that can provide great entertainment to people!!

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You can find J Larsche at:Facebook.com/justinthejoker and Facebook.com/heroesandvillainscharacterentertanment YouTube The Trade short film DC. IMDB Justin Larsche

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A Moment With Crowleys Tomb…Brandon Clark

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CROWLEY’S TOMB CASTING UPDATES: Today I am excited to announce that actor Brandon Clark has landed the role as badass Cemetery Boy Casey Lesnar better known as “Maverick”. Film production begins summer of 2017.

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Q-  It seems fans always want to know what an actor’s process is when preparing for character roles. Take us through your process when researching, developing and transitioning on the set for your character roles?

A-  For me it’s all about doing the preparation before arriving on the set. It’s about researching the script, books, magazines and anything else that has relevancy to the production. You learn particular choices the character makes and you dig deeper to find out why they made those choices. What was their motivation or goals for that particular choice or scene? It’s all about finding out where they have been. What their past was, how it truly affected them. What really fascinates me is figuring out what the characters immediate goal is all about and discovering what the ultimate goal is at the end. This is the research that I have done for every character I have ever performed whether it was on stage, or in front of the camera.  After research it’s all about developing your character. I think more importantly though you have to search inside yourself to see what you as an individual can bring to your character. I think that you learn from past experiences in life and you tap into your emotional state at that time. I think it’s very important to bring life experiences that are relevant to your character. However, transitioning to being on set can be the most difficult for some actors. It can be nerve racking and scary for many actors but again, this is where the research and development comes into play. By being prepared, now you have an arsenal of options to perform on camera and the one thing directors love the most is having multiple options on how to perform the character and bring him to life.

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 Q- Who is your favorite actor and why?

A- My favorite actor is by far “Bryan Cranston”. I first loved watching him in “Malcolm in the Middle” but then when the show “Breaking Bad” aired I was in amazement of his acting skills. He has some of the most incredible emotional ranges and to be able to show them without hesitation on camera is truly a feat. He is by far one of the best actors in entertainment today.

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Q- What would your dream role be? What would you bring to the character?

A- My dream role one day would be able to play a superhero on screen. I believe with what I have gone through in my life gives me an emotional depth and range where audiences can relate much more than just watching super heroes battle and fight. Sometimes Heroes don’t always wear capes.

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Q- Do you prefer to play the villain or the hero? Why?

A- I will always prefer to play the Hero. It’s about their nobility, courage, and sacrifices they have to give which resonates with me. However playing a villain once or twice would be extremely fun.

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Q- Tell the fans about a fun fact that we might not be aware of.

A- A fun fact is that I LOVE to go to Theme parks. I actually own many annual passes to the great parks in Florida such as Disney World, Universal and Busch Gardens and I like to go as often as I can. I feel free and it helps me escape and be a kid again.

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Q- What was the hardest role you’ve ever played and why?

A- The hardest role that I’ve performed has to be when I was cast as Prospero in Shakespeare’s, The Tempest. Memorizing and portraying Thousands of lines of Shakespeare dialogue was definitely the biggest challenge I’ve ever had to face especially since it was when I was a bit younger and didn’t have the knowledge that I do now.

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QOn the flip side, what was the most fun role you’ve ever played?

A- My most fun role definitely has to be when I played Seal O’Neal in American Warships. That entire production was a blast from getting to meet Carl Weathers. It was the first time working on a green screen and also getting to kill aliens; it couldn’t have been much better.

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Q-Tell us about where you got your training?

A- I trained at the University of North Carolina Wilmington where I received my B.A in Theater Arts while also doubling down with minors in Economics and Spanish. After graduating I also went and studied at the NC School of the Arts where I trained in stage combat from the Society of American Fight Directors.

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Q- What advice would you give to aspiring actors?

A-My advice for aspiring actors is to create as many connections as possible!! Take any gig that comes your way even if it’s just background work and don’t stop pushing for your craft. This industry is relentless and you will learn quickly that you have to have very thick skin to succeed. You might get turned down hundreds of times in auditions but those are opportunities to improve, not times to get down on yourself.

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Q- If not an actor, what profession would you choose to occupy? Why?

A-The profession I would choose is without a doubt to be a Personal Trainer. I’m actually already working towards that goal by taking online classes to get my certification but since I was young I’ve always had an affinity for fitness and it’s something that I will continue to do my entire life.

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You can find Brand Clark at:  https://www.facebook.com/brandon.clark.5015983

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A Moment With Crowley’s Tomb… Thomas Noel Smith

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CROWLEY’S TOMB NEWS AND CASTING UPDATES: It gives me great honor to announce that Thomas Noel Smith has accepted the lead role as the “Wizard”.  In my humble opinion Thomas is one of the best actors of all time. We are beyond grateful to have him perform in the upcoming movie Crowley’s Tomb. Film production begins summer of 2017.

Q-  It seems fans always want to know what an actor’s process is when preparing for past, or present character roles. Take us through your process when researching, developing and transitioning on the set for your character roles?

A-  This is a very private and personal process that I would prefer not to discuss. The process is a bit different for each role. I will state, however, that I am not a dedicated method actor. I don’t carry the role around with me. Before the camera roles I am Tom. When the camera is rolling I am the character. When the camera stops rolling I am Tom. I do, at times, use bits of Stanislavski, bits of Chekhov, bits of Meisner, and I have other things I do to prepare for a role, including research. And I take to heart Katherine Hepburn’s advice to an actor: “Show up, say your lines, don’t act, go home.”

Q-  Who is your favorite actor and why?

A-  I have three favorite actors. Cary Grant, because of his versatility. Ernest Borgnine, because of his determination and dedication to what he was doing. Michael Caine, because he is just a damned good actor.

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Q-  What would your dream role be? What would you bring to the character?

A-   Every role I play is my dream role. What I bring to the character is everything that is me…the way I am, what is deep within, and so forth. In other words, I commit to the part. If I am in a constant quest to find a “dream role” I will be constantly disappointed. Therefore, every role I get becomes my dream role and I am always happy to work.

Q-  Do you prefer to play the villain or the hero? Why?

A-   This is also a difficult question to answer. I like being the protagonist (hero) if the protagonist is not a simple man. If there are difficulties and problems that confront him, then I am pleased to play that role. On the other hand, the dark side is always attractive because the villains have a lot going on and it is always a delight to play the evil ones. They are challenging. They are always thinking. They are a side of us they we could never be…so playing evil roles is like a trip into an adult fantasyland, where you are free to give birth to words and thoughts you could have in civilized society. That’s why playing the role of a villain is so much fun.

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Q-  Tell the fans about a fun fact that we might not be aware of.

A-   I’m not certain what a fun fact might be. I will give several aspects of my biography which some might not be aware of. May that will fit the bill.
I have worked as a professional magician and mentalist.
I have worked as a professional clown. I traveled with a small one-ring circus for two years.
I have worked as a professional folk singer.
I have four books of poetry that have been published.
Currently, I am working on a novel-length story about a man who goes to hell and much to his surprise, he finds all of his friends there, eagerly waiting to greet him and welcome him. Then he discovers that he has a chance to escape from hell. But does he really want to leave all of his friends behind?

Q-  What was the hardest role you’ve ever played and why?

A-    I don’t like to think of roles as “hard.” The moment I label a role as “hard” puts an unnecessary roadblock in my path. I think of roles as challenging. The most challenging role I ever played was Richard III in Shakespeare’s Richard III. The role was challenging because it was Shakespeare. I also had a very demanding director. We got along fine. I did not want to play Richard as a hunchback, nor did I want to play him as a cartoon villain. He was a man caught up in a series of circumstances that he was not altogether responsible for. He had strengths, weaknesses, vulnerabilities. In short, I wanted to play him as a man who in many respects was the same as any other man. I also worked on my lines and tried to say them so that contemporary audiences could understand. I didn’t want to sound like a Shakesperian actor spouting pretty words to the rafters. I wanted, for one brief second, to be the man, Richard, who faces overwhelming odds and tries to cope with his fate the best way he can.

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Q-  On the flip side, what was the most fun role you’ve ever played?

A-   I’m not sure “fun” is the right word for the role I’m thinking of…but before I get started on that let me say that every role I play is fun. If I didn’t enjoy my work or the roles I play, I wouldn’t be in this business. But back to the role. A role I really enjoyed was a stage role. It was the role of Harry Roat. He was a character in the play Wait Until Dark. It was an enjoyable role because I got to do all sorts of unspeakable things. The most challenging thing was to bring Roat to life so that he not a completely cartoon villain. Yes, he has no redeeming social qualities, but he does have a sense of humanity. He preys on the weaknesses of others and taunts them mercilessly. So, I had to work to find something that made him truly human.

Q-  Tell us about where you got your training?

A-   I trained at Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey’s Clown College
I trained at U.S.F
I trained at Chicago College of Arts
I go once a week, every week to train with my acting coach, Peggy Sheffield.

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Q-  What advice would you give to aspiring actors?

A-   Never give up. Never, ever listen to anyone who tells you or tries to tell you that you have no talent. Get lots of training and never stop training. You are never going to be good enough to tell yourself that you don’t need training. You always will. Get a good acting teacher or coach and go to them regularly. Develop a thick skin. You will be rejected more times that you are cast. Learn to enjoy the auditioning process—it’s a chance to perform—whether you are cast or not. And finally, love what you do. Acting must be a part of you and you must be a part of acting…always, always take your craft seriously, but don’t take yourself too seriously. You are human, just like the rest of us.

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