On this episode of Going for Broadway, Eryn is joined from a teacher she had this past summer at the Governor’s School. Mr. Andrew Pastides discovered acting in high school; He attended the Governor’s School in the summers of 2000-2002. After High School, Mr. Pastides attended and graduated from the prestigious University of North Carolina School of the Arts. In 2006, he moved to New York City and worked in multiple regional theatre productions including The Glass Menagerie at the Two River Theatre, Goldfish at the Magic Theatre, and The Chosen with The Cleveland Playhouse. He has also played in Kolvenbach’s Love Song for its NYC premiere at 59 E59 in 2011 and was in the world premiere of his play “Half n’ Half n’ Half’” at MRT. Andrew has also made his mark in the television and film side of acting as well.
As an actor, you must always have knowledge and an opinion of the outside world. Read the news to further expand yourself. It is too hard to assume too much about your character if you’re too far away from it. You must get your empathy from getting reference from your position in the world compared to other people. Mr. Pastides talks about reconnecting yourself to the world when you may not feel up for a show. Remaining emotionally open and keeping the material fresh will make your job easier.
“I am a small tiny piece of this world, and what I am doing is not saving lives in Africa… I think about what people are going through and it makes me want to share my heart with the audience.”
Reading the news and having knowledge can also inspire your personalization as an actor. In your work you have to use your experience, as well as your imagination, to be able to connect yourself to your passion and why you are in this craft in the first place.
In This Episode:
2:29- When did you decide that you wanted to be an actor?
3:11- How did you then get in to studying at the Governor’s School?
4:32- Did you have a vision of doing all that you have done today?
5:08- How is it that you are choosing to do a lot of camera work after doing theatre in high school?
6:24- As an aspiring and learning actor, should one focus on one specific field or genre of the craft to focus on?
8:12- What exactly are the purposes of short films? Is it to showcase the work of directors and actors?
9:39- One of my big take-aways from your class is when you told us that as an actor we must read the news every day to develop an opinion on current events to grow as an actor. Could you expound on this subject for us?
12:30-Are the games that we played at the Governor’s School something that we will see as we further our acting careers?
14:02- As an actor, we must be able to personalize situations in our work… Several of the more powerful demonstrations came from actors who had a very traumatic experience from their past to draw from. But, what if a young actor has been very sheltered…From what resources could they draw from to connect to that moment?
18:05- Mr. Pastides talks about his experience at the North Carolina School of the Arts.
20:05- Do you think you could’ve skipped UNCSA and gone straight to becoming the success you are today?
21:14- How does an actor handle rejection whether it be not booking a job or seeing a bad review on one of your performances?
23:55- What advice, in closing, would you give someone like me, the parents, or my audience who want to make acting a career like you’ve done?