Darren Barrett – The actor from the Theater. Born and raised in Orange County, CA.
– Dani: Now, Darren, tell me what inspired you to be an actor?
– Darren: Well, it was summer 2015. I was still trying to figure out what I wanted to do. Back then, I did try chemistry a bit and some computer science, but all my life people been saying you have a great voice, “you should do acting, you should do radio”. And that’s how all started. I gave it try and absolutely enjoyed it. Seeing actors like Anthony Hopkins, Leo DiCaprio, how they are becoming someone entirely else, the idea of it really pushed me to go to the acting career.
– Dani: Nice, I like that. Have you ever attended any film school or take acting classes?
– Darren: Yes, I have taken some classes at Fullerton College. I started with acting techniques. It was very interesting. That was my first time experiencing theater classes as well. Romance we did, little games we did, was really pleasurable for me.
– Dani: Was it difficult at the beginning? Were you nervous?
– Darren: Actually no, not really. I’ve been relaxed pretty much all my life. I guess I respect everyone enough to be comfortable at anything.
– Dani: OK, to the actors, in order to enhance their skills, or grow, do they need to attend any acting classes?
– Darren: Good question. Probably yes. It would be the best to attend film school, be around those people, and feel the environment. That’s what I’m doing right now, kinda jumping in into those classes.
– Dani: Alright Darren, tell me about your very first role. How did you get it? What was your biggest challenge?
– Darren: My first role was in the Kahoot, in the Kahoot Macbeth. And how I got that was after I took my acting technique class in 2015, I did a jury. My professor suggested I perform a monolog in front of the entire faculty. I guess they really liked it. As a result, I got a perfect score. And the director ended up wanting me to audition for that role in Kahoot Macbeth. Speaking of the most challenging thing, just figuring out the character, honestly. In my case, I was playing an actor, who is playing an actor role. Basically, the character within a character.
– Dani: Very cool. And what is responsibilities of an actor to the audience? Do you consider such thing when acting?
– Darren: While I was doing theater, definitely. Your responsibility is staying in your character, not messing up your lines. If anything goes wrong on stage, work with it. There was some directors festival during the summer. And while we were performing, the guy who was acting, ripped his pants in the middle of everything. Then we all just kind of played it off, and had to improvise.
– Dani: Let’s talk about mistakes that beginning actors could do.
– Darren: I can only speak from my experience. The biggest mistake is not reading the script. I guess that’s just unacceptable thing to do.
– Dani: What are your techniques when it comes to acting? How do you prepare yourself before going in front of the camera?
– Darren: I’m just always thinking about my character, the script, how things will look. That’s about it. I just have no specific actual techniques, yet.
– Dani: What is the definition of a good actor? How do you define it?
– Darren: Probably someone who can totally immerse himself or herself into the character. And constantly ask yourself “what if” questions, like what would you do if you are in that situation.
– Dani: I see. What is the best advice you could give someone completely new to the acting? Any specific places you can recommend for them to attend?
– Darren: If you are in SoCal, there is Cal State Long Beach with a good theater program. Also, Fullerton College has really well platform for the actors with great professors, obviously. Other than that, keep your eyes on meetup groups, there should enough film groups around your area. As far as advice goes, just don’t be afraid. That’s probably the main one you need.
– Dani: What are the next steps in your acting career? Where do you see yourself in 5 or 10 years?
– Darren: In 5, 10 years hopefully in LA. And I’m already in California, might as well go all out.
– Dani: These are our show signature questions, that we ask every single guest. Name all-time three favorite films? And the Filmmaker who has influenced you the most?
– Dani: Great choices. OK, Darren, thank you for your time, it was real pleasure interviewing you.
– Darren: Thank you.
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