Eryn is joined by an actor that she has grown up and learned so much with. Sam McCalla currently serves as Associate Artistic Director at the Greenville Little Theatre where he grew up. A graduate of College of Charleston, Sam performed numerous roles while at school served on the board of the student-run theatre company and was awarded the Emmett Robinson Scholarship, the highest award given to a College of Charleston theatre major. After graduation, Mr. Sam has also served as a casting assistant for the prestigious Barter Theatre and performed extensively as a Barter Player. Roles at Barter include Hamlet, Nick Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Mercutio in Romeo & Juliet, as well as prominent roles in The Road to Appomattox, Southern Fried Funeral, and A Christmas Story.
In the start of the episode, Sam and Eryn discuss growing up in a theatre with his parents and the advantages and disadvantages that come along with it. And with growing up with parents that are both actors, he talks about the impact and the decision that went into choosing a college.
As an actor who has experience through training programs and audition, Sam gives a good view and explanation of major parts of the acting business. For example, he explains the process of Cattle Call Auditions, how they go, and how they can help you receive jobs.
Sam highly recommends going to get a degree in the theatre. Having the college experience helps you figure out and learn what it’s like being an adult and exploring the theatre in a very safe environment. Being a student of the world as an actor is very important. Being well read and well-rounded will serve you.
Continue learning all the time. If your intention is to learn and grow for the rest of your career and your life, then you will have a fulfilled life and soul. IF you stop learning and growing, the fulfillment will stop as well.
Parents, it would mean the world to your child if you learn more about their craft and support them into “approving” of them.
“A professional actor is a professional learner.”
In This Episode:
1:47- How old were you when you decided to pursue theatre?
3:30- What were the advantages or the disadvantages of growing up in the theatre?
5:11- What about the College of Charleston made you want to go there?
10:40- Did you go to the Barter Theatre straight out of college?
15:56- How much of your acting career has been planned out?
20:58- Sam and Eryn talk about comedy and The Complete Works of Shakespeare Abridged.
25:24- How did you get into directing?
29:12- Does your experience in acting help with your directing?
31:15- How important do you think it is to go to University for the performing arts and investing that additional 4 years versus just start auditioning for jobs, for example, at the Barter Theater and going for it?
34:15- How would an actor prepare for all the different fields of acting?
36:45- What advice do you have for aspiring young actors or the parents of these young actors in reaching their goals in acting and potentially being on Broadway or going on tour?