Actor/ Entrepreneur KYLE KLAUS
How His Business Background Helped Sustain His Acting Career
This issue features a very interesting artist – actor & serial entrepreneur KYLE KLAUS, who took a different approach to sustaining his acting career. Too often actors struggle a lot financially at the beginning of their career, and it doesn’t have to be that way. We all know those stories. Many of the now-famous actors were waiting tables and mixing drinks for years to come until they finally had their big break. And just to be clear, we have no problem with being a bartender, or waiter, but that’s just not a very flexible job most of the time, and unless you’re really lucky to work in a super popular bar/ restaurant you won’t even make that much money.
Kyle Klaus found a different way, and he’s gonna share with us how he got to play in shows like The Blacklist, The Last O.G., Happy, Homeland, Billions, Silicon Valley, Damage Control and One Life to Live.
Haha, that’s a great intro! Thanks for having me!
So yeah, ever since I discovered I wanted to be an actor, I knew I don’t wanna follow the typical starving artist road, sleep on my friends’ couch, and have no power in choosing the roles I wanna take just because I was financially forced to accept anything. I loved acting from a very young age. I remember going to see movies as a kid and wanting to be some of those characters in real life… One of the first movies I saw in the theatre, Terminator 2, really marked my childhood. I remember afterwards dressing like Edward Furlong’s character, and going to the arcade, acting like I was him, living in that world. Same story when I was playing sports, especially basketball. Michael Jordan was my idol, and I was playing his character even outside the court. So you can say I always played this pretending to be someone else game.
Growing up in a small town about an hour outside Philadelphia, a Blue Collar working-class town, my parents who have instilled in me the belief that I could do anything I wanted, and the work ethic that I needed. But I didn’t have this financial mindset. As a teenager, I was mostly just interested in sports and girls until graduating from high school. It wasn’t until college when I started thinking seriously what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I think my parents wanted me to be a weatherman. Even though I loved the idea of being in front of the camera, I felt that wasn’t the world’s best fit, so I chose a major in Telecommunications. Then I quickly switched into Political Science. During my freshman year, I used to hang out a lot near the theatre department. One day I see this sign on the bulletin board: Do you want to be in a movie? I visited the website right away, checked the breakdown, and booked the role. It was in a feature film named Misdirected and I played a ladies’ man on campus named Russ.
That same summer, while working as a lifeguard, I met this talent agent who got me set up with headshots and formatted my resume and got me in touch with the casting directors in Philadelphia. I got into the Union same summer, as I was a featured extra in Annapolis, starring James Franco. The following summer, Invincible, starring Mark Wahlberg, came to Philly. I booked a two-week role as one of the Eagles trainers, and I got to know Mark and had football catches on a few occasions.
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