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Episode Info: Many people, myself included have a lot of preconceived notions about actors: there are only concerned about themselves; they have big egos; they overstep their bounds on set because they think they are so important. Mr. Mike Kimmel is the antithesis of all those things. He is super professional and deeply insightful about acting. I contend you would be hard-pressed to find someone else who will give you higher quality advice for actors than he does in this interview. Mike is an accomplished, seasoned, and professional actor who has a long list of credits. Some of those include, Memphis Beat, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Treme, and Haunted High. Topics discussed in chronological order: why he didn't go into standup or improv comedy; the allure of acting to him; a misconception among actors about the essence of acting; how he got started acting in New York; the advantage of working on low budget projects and how they help actors develop; the type of role he's been cast in a lot over the course of his career; the lack of character development in supporting character roles for some projects, and why that can be a good thing in the audition process; his mindset and approach going into auditions; the number one piece of advice he would give to actors; the unprofessionalism he's seen in audition waiting rooms; how he deals with parts of scripts that he has trouble internalizing; how he will communicate with higher-ups on set, when he wants to give input about something; why he likes Toastmasters and what it helps with for acting; a role that he booked not long after he got to New Orleans that really pleased him; strategy for memorizing lines; the super quick turnaround on Tonight Show gigs; what he did to break into the business and the trouble that he ran into; how often he's been approached by young actors for advice; how he goes about reaching out to people he knows who are attached to projects for possible parts; what it was like to work with Jay Leno and the trickle-down theory; and the best piece of advice he's ever received. You can check him out online at Here's an excerpt of Mike talking about a common pitfall among actors: In acting for years, and years, and years they always tell you that you have to just be yourself, play yourself as the character, the character has to be an extension of yourself in that situation. A lot of people get into acting because they want to lose themselves, or they want to become someon
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