Living the Dream Podcast # 7

Tasso Feldman

When I was in college studying acting, we were told that there was a tried and true path to being a working actor. A path every actor worth respecting has trodden.

Now that I’ve taught acting for fifteen years, and watched the whole business utterly transform in the wake of all sorts of new developments, I’m wondering if that path we were told about in college still exists.

That’s the purpose of this podcast series. Over the next year, I am going to interview actors from all over. I am asking all kinds of actors to share why they act and how they act, in a world of diminished residuals, rising student loan interest rates, reduced network pick-ups, and a dying regional theatre circuit. How are actors faring as the business both widens its spectrum but also narrows the amount of available work? How did their training help prepare them for each and every day?

This week I’m speaking to actor Tasso Feldman.

Tasso Feldman is a bonafide “Next Generation” classically trained American actor - BFA from Boston University, including a stint at LAMDA in the UK. Which means I need to say, no, I didn’t teach him, but we were both there at the same time. But, the first time we met was this interview - small world, this acting business…

His stage work includes 5 shows for Commonwealth Shakespeare Company in Boston, along with The Goat, or Who is Sylvia at Lyric Stage Company here, Equivocation at the Geffen Playhouse… and 11 shows at Oregon Shakespeare Company!

He recently booked 12 episodes of the ABC show Black Box, and can be seen in the movies The Artist (yeah—you know, that famous silent movie!), and Everyday Saturday.

Show Notes:
Tasso’s IMDB page
Tasso’s OSF page
HOW DID THIS GET MADE
I WAS THERE TOO
YOU MUST REMEMBER THIS
THE BUSINESS with Kim Masters
THE TOBOLOWSKY FILES

Theme song by Chris Martel & Ben Patey.

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In this podcast, I am interviewing all kinds of actors from all over to share why they act and how they act, in a world of diminished residuals, rising student loan interest rates, reduced network pick-ups, and a dying regional theatre circuit. How are actors faring as the business both widens its spectrum but also narrows the amount of available work? How did their training help prepare them for each and every day?

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Thank you for your kind comment, Gerome. And your suggestions are GREAT - I'll be sure to add them to my upcoming interviews. And feel free to leave suggestions here in the comments, or you can message me directly at mattigray@me.com

I love listening to this podcast at work. It's inspirational to hear about the diverse nature of the artist's journey with their art; no one is the same and no one did it the same way! :) I'd like to hear more questions regarding how the actors got their first jobs. It's great to hear about the first job itself, but I would enjoy another question or two about how the actors went out and looked for jobs. The search for a job is always interesting because it usually doesn't turn out as expected. I look forward to the upcoming episodes!!! P.S. Where do I recommend people to be interviewed for this?