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Tony Amendola (@tmamendola) was an associate artist, actor and director at the Berkeley Rep Theater for ten years. Regional theatre work includes the Mark Taper Forum, South Coast Rep, ACT, the Old Globe, La Jolla Playhouse, Williamstown Theater, CenterStage and the Oregon, California and Utah Shakespeare Festivals.

He has 120+ credits on film/TV, including as a series regular on Continuum, and recurring work on Stargate SG-1 and Once Upon a Time as Pinocchio’s father Geppetto. He’s appeared as the title character in Uncle Vanya and King Lear, as King Henry in Lion in Winter, and as Shylock in The Merchant of Venice.

Voiceover work includes video games World of Warcraft, Final Fantasy 15, and Call of Duty, and as the narrator of The Land Before Time XIV.

Just a bit of what we cover in this episode:

  • Getting nervous about auditions and loving it
  • Being petrified over a particular role, and having no faith in himself to do it
  • His first TV job in LA and how the director helped him through it
  • What he learned coming back to Merchant of Venice, 25 years later, as an actor
  • Tony's daily routine of body, mind, and spirit
  • Advice he would give to smart, driven students of acting
  • Surrounding yourself with people you respect
  • One of his favorite failure stories, and how it led him to LA

Plus a whole lot more, and Tony also lets us in on how he works through Shakespeare’s sonnet #130!

 

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