Actor Shane Willimon joins us today! Acting since high school, Shane has worked on a national TV show for 3 seasons. He has been in an NBC TV movie and several films. Acknowledging that comedy is where his genius resides, Shane considers himself to be an “old school comedy” guy.
Shane is also a writer and film maker and has produce a national TV show for about 4 years and traveled all over the country. He has won several awards for his work in television and awards for directing, writing and acting. Recently he was part of “The First Five Years”, “The Adventures of Iguana Man,” and both local upstate film. Also on the horizon is the launch of his own podcast, Nutshell and his film “I Should’ve had Water” as well as a comedy where he is cast to play a Peter Sellers type character.
Throughout the episode, Shane and Eryn talk about the many experiences that Shane has had in his life. He discusses different work that he has directed, written, and acted in throughout the community and in the professional world. Shane talks about his style of comedy and even his own podcast coming up!
When asked about advice, Shane takes a throwback into his own experience. He talks about not being afraid of going after what you want. He says that if he had known that back then when starting his career, he would be in a much different place now. But even though you must attack the opportunities head on, be patient. If you make yourself wait and “happen” the right thing will come for you.
“If you love to entertain, don’t be afraid to entertain.”
In This Episode:
2:50- Now tell me, what’s your secret? How are you able to balance all of this out?
3:39- How did you get into this field?
6:13- Have you taken any theatre classes in high school or anything?
6:42- So comedy is your “thing…”
9:22- How have your role models inspired you and helped you learn?
12:42- Tell us about your training with Jason Alexander (George Costanza in Seinfield)…
18:14- How is being a stand-up comedian different from a comedian that is doing a play?
20:58- And you even have your two man comedy show with Will Ragland coming up! Could you tell us a bit about this show?
22:47- For starters, what exactly is the difference between working on stage and working on camera?
26:00- How do you get involved with all these film opportunities around town?
32:10- What inspiration and ideas all go into making up a storyline to be made into a film?
36:30- Tell us about your film, It Should’ve Had Water!
40:08- Shane talks about his own “podcast,” Nutshell.
44:43- After working so much in this industry and through different films, what is one thing that you know now that you wish you would’ve known when you were just starting in this business?
47:08- Is there any additional advice that you would like to give young performers in reaching their goals in this craft?