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Welcome to 8 Questions with…….
A few months ago I interviewed actor Mike Ferguson for the blog. He in turn sent me a short film he had completed called “Nowhere To Run” which I found to be top notch.
One of Mike’s co-stars was Josh Gilmer and as I watched Josh turn in a strong performance,I thought that Josh had a bright future. Soon I got a friend request from Josh on FB and then I noticed something else,Josh is quite a guy off camera as well. I noticed how he is always supporting his friends and peers in their projects. While on paper that doesn’t sound all that grand but in the very competive world of Hollywood,believe me,this is a trait you don’t see all that often.
When I asked Josh for this interview,he said “Yes,I would like that” and when he finished,he said it was harder then he thought as he wasn’t used to talking about himself.
Well thats alright because I have a feeling pretty soon Josh is going to have to start doing that more often as his star grows brighter through his talent and hard work. We’re just glad we’re one of the first to sit down and ask this talented young actor some questions while we still can. So come and meet one of the nicest persons to answer our 8 Questions…Josh Gilmer.
Please introduce yourself and tell us about your current project.
Hey hey, I’m Josh Gilmer. I’m an actor originally from Bartonville, IL, currently living just outside LA. I just wrapped on a pilot we did in partnership with a network, so hopefully they’ll like what they see and it will go to series. I can’t say much about it, but I got the chance to play an outlaw in the Wild West, every guy’s dream! Riding horses, shooting guns, and everything else that comes with that time period. It was an absolute blast! I have to say though, as fun and exciting as it was for me, it didn’t compare to my dad’s excitement *LOL*. He’s a HUGE western fan.
What was growing up in Illinois like? What are some of your favorite experiences and memories growing up?
I had a pretty typical Mid-Western childhood. Playing sports, hanging with friends, and working. I started working for my dad when I was 7, as I chose that over summer camp. My dad was a Teacher and Coach who also had a lawn business that kept us pretty busy in the Spring, Summer, and Fall. Favorite experiences and memories would have to include being an All-Star at Michael Jordan’s basketball camp in Junior High, playing football my Senior year of High School under the lights every Friday night, and family trips to Florida for Spring Break. Amazing times!
What led you into becoming a actor? Was there a moment that you just knew this is what you wanted to do?
I’ve always had a love for TV, Film, Theater, Commercials, etc… With that said, being from a small town in Central Illinois, a working actor wasn’t something that seemed realistic. It wasn’t until after I had worked in the corporate world for many years after college that I finally decided to make the jump. I had done well professionally, but just wasn’t happy. I resigned from my gig as a sales rep in Florida and made the cross-country trip with my dad to beautiful Southern California. That was just over two years ago and I’ve been grinding ever since.
What surprised you the most about learning to act? What were the three best pieces of advice that you took to heart?
First off, let me just say I still have A LOT to learn. It’s definitely an on-going process. I can always get better, and need to get better. When I first started taking classes, because I didn’t have a drama school background, I had this idea in my head that I needed to do more. That I needed to “perform” or “act”. Studying Meisner for me was great, as it really simplified things. Be in the moment, listen, and respond/react. There’s obviously much more to it than just that, but it’s such a great base for somebody like me with little to no experience. In terms of advice I took to heart, one of my instructors said, “If you believe it, the audience will.” That really stuck with me. Less is more was another nugget a working actor once said to me, which I loved because that’s something I live by in general. Lastly, I love a quote by another one of my instructors, “The number one rule of acting…don’t get caught doing it.”
What was it like moving from a small town in Illinois to Los Angeles? What was your first impression of LA?
I had been out here a few times for work previously, so I was familiar, but it’s definitely a different world. Where I’m from, there’s really no such thing as ‘”traffic”. Out here, it’s a way of life. You can either accept that it is what it is and use that time to catch up with friends and family like I do, or succumb to it and want to gauge your eyeballs out on a daily basis. Obviously the weather is amazing compared to the Mid-West. Not having to deal with the -15 degree winters anymore makes everything worth it. I don’t think I’ll ever move back. Also, there’s nothing you can’t do out here. Anything you want is within a couple of hours.
Your first role was playing Ted Bundy for a docuseries? How did you get the role and how was the experience? Did you have a hard time after playing Bundy?
It wasn’t my first role, but it was the first role I had on Network Television that wasn’t background. In terms of how I landed the role, I just got lucky haha. It was a timely submission on my part and I happened to slightly resemble him, so I got it. It was such a great experience and the crew was awesome to work with. I did all of my due diligence and studied him, but let’s be honest, it was recreation, so it wasn’t as if I had a hard time “getting out of character.”
What three parts are the hardest to play for you emotionally and how do you adjust in order to play them?
They’re all a challenge for me, especially at this stage of my career haha, and honestly, I hope that never goes away.
What project has been your personal favorite so far and why?
That would have to be the western pilot I just wrapped. The entire shoot I felt like I was 8 years old again. It was as absolute blast. And on top of all the fun stuff that comes with playing an outlaw in the Wild West, my character is extremely layered, being my most challenging role yet. I hope people like it.
What is your approach to writing? What led you to try your hand at screenwriting? Is this something you want to pursue?
Haha, this is interesting, because I’m not much of a writer. It really just came from necessity in terms of self-creating content for my acting reel. It usually starts with an idea, and then just word vomit on a page. From there I just re-work it over and over until it kind of makes sense. I don’t think I have the discipline, nor the talent to really pursue it. At least not at the moment, but down road? You never know.
How important has networking been to your career and have you gotten any jobs that way?
Networking is something that I know I need to improve on and do more of. While I do plenty of it on set, which has led to other opportunities (work begets work), I need to do a lot more away from set.
The cheetah and I are flying over to watch your latest film but we are a day early and now you are playing tour guide,what are we doing?
Well, we’d be in LA, so we can do whatever you two want!!
I like to thank Josh for taking the time to chat with us and answering some questions.
We wish him the very best in his career and really hope that Western pilot is picked up so we can come back and ask him some more questions!!!
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