I recently had the chance to shoot with Eric, an aspiring actor here in Seattle (his theatre debut is coming at the end of February). Eric is a former computer science graduate from the University of Washington who is now pursuing his dream of becoming an actor. Fun times are happening for this kid, ;e has put in an application to The Toronto Film School .
Eric’s Personal Legend
To reference the Alchemist (one of my all-time favorite books) for the umpteenth time, Eric is doing everything in his power to find his Personal Legend. Your Personal Legend is the thing that makes you truly and profoundly happy. We all have the power to go in search of our Personal Legend, but many of us are too afraid to give ourselves permission to seek it out. Eric is putting a career on hold, one that he invested heavily in time and resources into (he came all the way from China to attend UW), in order to pursue the thing that truly makes him happy. How brave is that?
Eric had the option of sending an audition tape to his film school, but he is instead flying over to perform in person. Now that’s dedication! He is going the extra mile to invest in his future. I really hope this guy makes it. One of the best aspects of this job is that I get to not only help some people on their Personal Legend journeys, but I also get to live a little vicariously through them. Seriously, how cool would film school in Toronto be??? Once upon a time, I considered computer animation school at the Vancouver Film School. Talking to Eric awakened that little memory.
Eric was a natural. This was around the 3rd or 4th shot we took:
It conveys good expression. It is both confident and approachable. The great thing about getting a good, usable headshot right off the bat is that it takes the pressure off my clients for the rest of the shoot. They know they’ve got at least one. Eric, like all my clients, got warmed up, and delivered a good crop of good shots. Like this one:
Eric had a lot of approachable shots, but we needed one a little more serious, for darker roles. I think he nailed it.
If you want to see Eric make his stage acting debut (he plays 5 different roles), come to the Freehold Theatre. The address is 517 Maynard Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104.
If I’m in town, I’ll be there to give Eric some support!