Eryn is joined with Nick Sullivan on this episode. Eryn recently saw Nick on the national tour for Kinky Boots as Mr. Price. Alongside touring, Nick has appeared in the Broadway productions of Footloose, Moliere Comedies, and Black Comedy. Some other credits include Sebastien in the Tempest, Kraler in the Diary of Anne Frank, and Prince Escalus in Romeo and Juliet. He has appeared on multiple Law and Order episodes, One Life to Live, All My Children, and Spin City. He has also done a good bit of Audiobook recordings and voiceovers. Altogether, Nick has recorded over 300 titles, is an Audie nominee, and has 5 Earphones Awards.
Nick received his training from Rutgers University where he received his MFA in the Professional Acting Program and the British Dramatic Academy. He and Eryn talk about why he chose those schools, and the significance of getting his master’s degree. When talking about going to school and how important it is, he says that it all depends on the one individual. With a lot of the training programs today, the education does give you a good look and practice of the real world. You just have to know what you need.
He has explored and worked in many different fields of the acting business and feels that it is important and common for actors to have experience in all these types. Nick has agents that cover different sides, but he always makes sure that he gives the agent a hand when getting him roles.
Nick says that an actor working in all different areas of this craft are actually working a pretty great job! Performers are always going to be around and always will be needed. If you are willing to work hard and branch out to those different areas, then you can really make it.
In This Episode:
2:30- Have you worked directly with the producers of Kinky Boots?
3:37- When did you realize that you wanted to be an actor?
4:48- You studied at the British American Drama Academy…was this an undergraduate program?
5:59- You have your Masters of Fine Arts from Rutgers’ University Professional Actor Training Program…did you get your Masters prior to beginning your career?
8:07- Was your goal when you started to do Television/Film or was it to be on stage, or both?
9:58- How do you do all of this? You must be working constantly!
11:13- How do you find all of this work?
12:14- Nick talks about his work with soap operas and the skillset it contains.
15:59- Do you prefer Theatre or Television/Film?
17:10- What has been one of your favorite roles?
17:51- Do you have a dream role?
18:33- How did you get into audio book recording?
19:22- How exactly do you train for recording audiobooks or use any actor skills for it?
22:14- Is this business a once you get in and prove you can do a great job that they keep coming back to you?
23:59- I know that you have a professional home studio. Does that help…do you do your audio books work at home?
23:48- Given your experience, should a young actor invest these additional four years of study at University, developing and improving their craft?
26:48- What last parting advice do you have for aspiring young actors (or for the parents of these young actors) in reaching their goals in acting and potentially being on Broadway or going on tour?