Actor Interview: Steve Speak

Richard: We met when we first made your headshots and something that struck me was your capacity for focus and creativity.  As an actor what keeps you excited?

Steve: I'm an actor not only because I want to be successful, but because it's what I'm good at and it's what I enjoy doing. Life as a working actor is very unpredictable; in good and bad ways. You never know what's going to be around the next corner!

As an actor, it's the dream and desire of something potentially quite big happening to me. It's exciting not knowing what the next outcome will be. For most actors it's a very hard lifestyle but that's what excites me. It's what drives me forward to be a successful actor.

Unsuccessful actors are people who get sick of the hard lifestyle, get sick of getting a 'no' or 'next', get sick of the unknown. Trust me, I do too. However, I feel that if you keep going, at some point someone will notice you, someone will take a risk on you and someone will cast you, due to the fact you do have that perfect look they're looking for. As an actor I already am successful, because I'm doing and working in a career that I enjoy and feel enthusiastic about.

Headshots by Richard Munn

Headshots by Richard Munn

Richard: How important is making genuine connections with people for you?

Steve:  Very important. You make connections and contacts everywhere in this industry. Some actors get 99% of their work from connections, whereas some actors purely rely on their agent. Both work, so there is no right or wrong answer. Connections and agents are the most important thing as an actor because they get you work.

If a casting director is casting a role they will firstly call people in they already know, trust and rely on. Usually it's actors that they've worked with before. Directors constantly like to work with the same actors (Tim Burton - Jonny Depp, Tarantino - Samuel L Jackson) because they trust them.

In this industry you want to show that you're a positive person, easy to work with and very reliable. Those are the things that get you cast and those are the things that get you connections. My advice is to get out there, go meet some new people and make some connections, because you never know where people are going to end up.

Richard: Who are your biggest influences? 

Steve: I trained in physical theatre so my biggest influences are always going to come from a comedic background. I massively studied Buster Keaton's life, which is remarkable. My parents always support me as an actor, they know how good I am and they know how important it is to do and find something you love doing, especially as a career. They always stand behind my choices and keep me motivated and driven. I'm heavily into street dancing too so Channing Tatum is a big hero of mine. He's a very good comedic and serious actor, which I see myself as. I'm sure throughout my acting career I'm going to find many more influences to keep my actors' mind active.

Richard: How do you see your career progressing?

Steve: As an actor, you have to take each day as it comes. You never know what lies ahead. I'm always going to be an actor and I'm always going to be working hard to get where I want to be. I like to keep focused on the here and now but I'm always thinking what I want my steps to be. I'm living the dream and I'm always excited thinking about potential opportunities and work. Of course every guy wants to be James Bond or Dr Who! What we need to work out is how to make a step by step plan to get us there. Starting off small and working toward the big.

Richard: Thanks for your time Steve, I'm looking forward to seeing more of your work. 

If people want to connect with you after reading this what the best way for them to get in touch?

Steve:  I'm Tweeting at  https://twitter.com/steveoproperbo so come say Hi!

Headshots by www.richardmunn.com