Wednesday, August 11, 2010


I hope you enjoyed reading the interview. Richard did a really good in describing how he got started as an actor. We are really grateful for the time that he had to spend out of his busy schedule to come and speak with us.

After reading Richard’s interview, I felt very inspired to write about following your dreams. Richard talked about what inspires him as an actor and he also gave advice to future actors and well as inspiring actors who want to make in the film industry. So this blog is to all you future actors out there who want to make it big. Always follow your dream and never give up. Just like Richard said, “Start small. Do it on a small scale first. Make sure you love the actual work, not all the perceived benefits of being an actor”. You can’t automatically be a Hollywood actor. You need to work your way up but never lose hope. If acting is your passion, do you best and keep trying even though you may fail several times. Never give up an opportunity and always strive to do your best. If you fail, get up and try again. Learn from your mistakes and don’t let people you say you can’t make it. Just like Jonathon Sprinkles said, “A set back is a set up for a comeback”.

In the movie, just like how Esau tried to help Jacob go in the right track, find that Esau in your life. Find your supports out there who will tell you if you are doing something wrong but also someone who will be there with you every step of the way.

This just doesn’t apply to future inspiring actors, it applies to everyone out there. Do what you love and keep going for it even it takes awhile. We should all live our lives to the fullest, right? So make your dreams into reality. Richard did it and so can you! 

Monday, August 9, 2010

Interview with Bay Area actor - Richard Fredrick

Contractor’s Routine is a movie thriller movie filled with drama, suspense, murder, and mayhem. It’s an independent film that was shot in San Francisco, California. If you are interested in these types of movie, you are in for a treat. The movie will keep you guessing and on your toes.In the movie, Richard Fredrick plays in the role of Esau in the movie. Richard is a Bay Area Actor. He did an interview with us and very helpful in answering a few questions for us.

Q : Where did you grow up? How long have you been in the San Francisco Bay Area?

A: I was born and raised in Louisiana. Right in the heart of Cajun country. I moved to the Bay Area in 1999.

Q: Did you always know you wanted to work in the film industry? What types of jobs did you have before you went into acting?

A: I started my professional life in the retail industry. I had dabbled with acting in high school and then a little in college, but I didn’t think that would be my career. I remember thinking that I was going to be a lawyer at one point. After working in the “real world” for several years I decided to get involved in some theatre. I did a couple of shows and knew that I had to pursue this as a career.

Q:Was Contractor’s Routine your first major project? What other work have you done in film?

A: Contractor’s Routine was my first major film project. I have done a fair amount of commercial work, and way back when I had a small role in a direct to Cinemax movie called Enemy Gold. It was one of those T&A movies that was all about the skin and the stunts. It starred Eric Estrata (sp?). I have worked primarily in the theatre for the past 10 years. Working in some major regional theatres (TheatreWorks in Palo Alto, Ford’s Theatre in DC, and the now defunct American Musical Theatre of San Jose).

Q: What or whom would you say inspires you most?

A: I find that I get inspired by good work. When I see something that moves me, and changes my perspective on things, it makes me want to be better and do more in my own work.

Q: Who are your favorite actors?

A: I have always liked Robert Duvall, Peter Sellers, among many others. I infatuated with Zach Galifianakis right now.

Q: What are some things you enjoy doing aside from the film realm? Do you have any 
peculiar interests?

A: I am a huge shoe hooka. Carryover from my retail days. I have about 60 pair of shoes.

Q: What is it that drew you to your role? What about Contractor’s Routine makes it different from other films?

A: Esau is a big kid. He has such an open heart and he wants to see Jacob do good. It is nice to get a character that focuses on the better parts of the soul. It keeps you guessing.

Q: What was most challenging about playing your role in the film?

A: Maintaining the through line in the midst of all the “role” changes.

Q: How do you relate to your character?

A: I like to think of myself as a person who pursues good. I don’t always achieve that goal, but I try.

Q: What are some messages or lessons you would hope viewers could take away after seeing Contractor’s Routine?

A: Look outside of yourself to see the world. Sometimes we create a distorted “reality” within our minds, and then that taints how we interact in society. Sometimes we need to listen to other people. Get to know someone else. It will help you see the world in a new light.

Q: Did you encounter any unexpected problems during the filming and production of Contractor’s Routine?

A: My overall (the costume I wore during most of the filming) was ready to walk by itself by the end of the shoot. That, and walking in those enormous shoes.

Q: What advice do you have for actors like yourself, especially young people struggling to get into the film industry?

A: Start small. Do it on a small scale first. Make sure you love the actual work, not all the perceived benefits of being an actor. Also, make sure you are not just interested in getting attention. So many young people decide they want to be an actor because of what they perceive as the life of an actor. If you don’t like to actual details of acting (research, score the text, finding your through line, etc) then it can be a miserable life. But if you do like all the aspects of the craft, and you can’t help but go for it, then you will eventually be successful. Also, get training!!!

Q: What’s next for you? Do you have any other projects you’re currently working on?

A: Doing “Light in the Piazza” at TheatreWorks starting in August.