Article | Mon June 05, 2017, 07:48 PM EST
June 06, 2017 -- Kevin is a man of the world. He’s lived in Philadelphia, New York, Tokyo and Paris. Living in different cultures as given him the ability to look at situations with a broader perspective than others, and I believe this will be his edge in a highly competitive industry. He’s also very grounded, and one of most understanding people I’ve run across. He knows he has talent, but he also is able “to recognize greatness” in someone else. He knows that acting is all about relationships and struggle, and believes that the more you understand yourself, the more you can use it in your work.
Where are you from originally?
I’m originally from Philadelphia, but before LA I lived in Washington D.C., Tokyo, NYC, and Paris. I’m very excited to cultivate this next chapter in my life, and make the most of my time here. There are so many incredible cities all over the world, and my plan is to utilize the opportunities here in LA to facilitate my wanderlust, so I can do what I love while continuing to explore this vast and literally awe-some planet.
When did you move to LA?
I came to LA about a year ago in 2016, and it’s been great so far! People have been telling me that it typically takes about 2 years to start feeling at home in this town. There is a massive community of “creatives” out here, all hungry to manifest their ideas and looking for others that share their vision. It hasn't taken long to be enveloped by the energy of new friends and colleagues.
What inspired you to be in this industry?
Understanding the human condition is the one of/if not thee MOST important journeys of this chaotic, ethereal experience we call life. Empathy helps us connect not only with others, but also cultivates our own self-awareness. There is not a human being on earth that isn’t carrying something heavy around with them, and it is so important that we recognize that within each other. For a time, I thought about psychology or social work, helping people on an individual level, but there’s something about the communal experience of theatre, film, and TV that allows people to talk and relate to one another, no matter who they are. I want to be a part of that, and contribute in any way that I can.
What are some of the projects you worked on in the past?
Starting out I was more geared towards theatre, but found that I gravitated towards on camera work. So far I’ve been in a number of military-based projects, as well as short films. My favorite project so far though was a punk/metal adaptation of Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus called Titus X, written by Shawn Northrip. Anyone who knows Shakespeare’s play knows that combining that story with punk and death metal is pretty much a match made in heaven. Every night I would run the gamut of status levels, switching back and forth between a childish contemptuous Emperor, a stoner son/scapegoat, one half of a brother duo of murderers/rapists, to a comical S&M clad messenger, with severed heads in tow, of course. It was the best kind of chaos, and therefore the most fun anyone could ever have. My every day self is very much the guy next door, so getting to be a part of something that allows me to unapologetically explore something darker was a blast. For me, nothing to date has come close to topping that show.
What are you currently working on?
Actually, before moving out to Los Angeles, I was an international flight attendant for 5 years. I feel like this definitely counts as something I’ve worked on, as more often than not, I had to act against most instinctive responses when it came to dealing with passengers. It also provided a great opportunity to soak in an entirely new culture, and all the fascinating humans that came along with it. The French have mastered the art of people watching, which is invaluable to an actor. If any actor out there is ever feeling stuck or stagnant or unfulfilled, I highly recommend taking a month, or a year, or 5 or 10, and diving into the most complex, interesting character they will ever take on- themselves. This time away from everything has only bolstered my understanding of what it means to be human, and the delicately intricate complexities within all relationships that make us all so different, and yet the same.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Somewhere gorgeous, either in the mountains, or by the ocean, or hey, maybe in space, which of course, also happens to be on set. Seriously, though, 5 years can change so much, and not to get political, but these next 4 years for everyone should be, well… life changing. Hopefully the world will wake up to a lot of things, and the change the world needs will take place. All that aside, if we’re all still alive, and if I manifest all that I plan to in that amount of time, life should be pretty full. In an ideal world, I will be collaborating on projects dealing with content I feel is important, which will most likely be those that help free us from our own personal cages. And again, ideally, I will be financially stable, and steadily working. Career is important, of course, but so is my personal life, and the lives of those important to me. As long as I am creatively fulfilled, and have my family and friends, I am ok with or without the financial stability, to be completely honest. That’s not the point of all of this. Living is. It comes full circle.
How do you feel the industry is changing and how do you feel it benefits you as an actor?
As I mentioned before, there are a lot of people out there gravitating toward self-generated work. If you break it down to the bare minimum, all you really need is a phone and an idea. I would’ve included friends, but they’re not even necessary anymore (but highly recommended if you have them. Anything in life is better when shared with people you love, respect, and admire.)
These minimal requirements are giving voice to those who, up until this point, haven’t had one, and that is having an exponential effect on not only the quantity but also the quality of content. As an actor there has never been a more exciting time to be working in the industry. Also, the fact that TV is no longer necessary to enjoy our favorite shows is inadvertently driving audiences to web-based content other than just Hulu, Amazon Prime, Netflix. Casting directors are familiar with the same web series that I watch, which is reaffirming that if the story is good enough, it will receive the recognition it deserves. I look forward to the continued evolution of not only the industry, but also the world it hopes to reflect.
Interview by: Chris Hlad
Article | Mon June 05, 2017, 07:48 PM EST