SmartyGirl Chasya Hill interviewed Actress Cami Okins, most recently seen in Seattle’s 48 Hour Film Project playing Cami “Heart Wants“, a road trip movie.
Did you try a few of the thoughtstarter questions from Ms. Okins list lately as small talk with film actors lately?
Not yet? Well, here are 7 more questions that actors are happy to answer and wish people would ask more often. We promised our readers a follow up to our digital shorts campaign, right? Comment below on the results of your DIY summer filmmaking.
Many thanks to SmartyGirl Tabora Constantennia for her phone interview with Actor Alex Hager, a co-star in “Heart Wants”.
See below for SmartyGirl Tabora’s questions and SmartyFella Actor Alex Hager’s replies paraphrased by our guest reporter.
1 What got you started into acting?
From the ages from 9 to the present at 18 Alex was involved with a computer company. One
of his chief responsibilities was to marketing, which he accomplished by web design, and web
based commercials distributed by social media outlets such as YouTube. Alex enjoyed producing
and acting in these commercials so much he decided to pursue them outside of his company.
Less than a month before we spoke, Alex had signed on to a talent agency, and was looking
forward to the new opportunities that would offer him.
2 What kinds of work have you done?
Alex focuses his activities to acting and modeling. He still creates and performs commercials for
his company, but he has also appeared in promotionals, commercials, and even a short film for
other companies as well.
3 What is your favorite assignment so far?
One of his first assignments was a promotional for Macys. His job was to dance to the music,
have fun, and hand out promotional items to people as they passed him and his colleagues.
He had a sense of feeling bad that he was being paid to party and have a blast, but definitely
NOT bad enough to reject the paycheck. That experience help encourage him to seek out more
4 What assignments do you enjoy most?
Alex has an amiable and upbeat personality, and enjoys doing and working in situations that
highlight this characteristic.
But like most actors, he has no intention of limiting himself. Playing personas that extremely
different from his personality and/or that entail intriguing complexities fascinates him,
and presents areas of growth that he is ready to tackle. He would particularly enjoy a role
that would display a person as he journeyed through the struggles and adversities the plot
presented, and give him the opportunities of acting out large varieties of emotions and
responses. But of course, he would not snub any role if the only emotions and responses the
plot afforded were hurtling through the air, or narrowly dodging the bullets and/or fists of a
high action movie with special effects. In fact, to him “that would be SO COOL!”
5 What are your current short term goals for your acting/model stint?
At 18 Alex has deliberately delayed attending college. Knowing that both endeavors require
a lot of time and hard work he has decided to give his attention to acting and model, and
concentrate on developing his skill in this area. He sees his youth, energy, as well as a lack
of any pressing obligations as an excellent reason to take the risk of trying a career in acting
now. College is something he believes can be done at any time, but he may not get such a great
opportunity to act or model again.
6 What are some questions you wish people would ask you about your
acting and modeling experiences?
Alex has two that readily come to mind.
1) Tell me about your first acting/modeling experience?
Remembering his own experiences, he is sure that would bring interesting insights, if not
humorous anecdotes to the conversation.
2) What was your most difficult experience?
Most people love explaining how they conquered the wiles of life with success. For Alex,
that came in the form of a commercial he did as part of his original company. He had to
complete the commercial within a very short time period. But the day of the performance,
it was VERY hot, and the facility has no air conditioning. Fortunately he and the equipment
7 What is your ultimate goal for this acting/modeling season of your life?
Right Alex is learning the complexities of the acting/modeling world as well as enjoying and
improving himself with each assignment. But he see an excellent opportunity to maximize his
positive amiableness would be in the role of a game show host, where he could foster humor
and spirited interaction among celebrities and/or the ordinary participants. He did not specify
which game show, or what type. But we agreed that should quidditch, the broom flying strategy
game made popular by the Harry Potter franchise, should ever appear in a televised game show
format, we would both anxiously look forward to having him audition for the presenter spot.
SmartyGirl Tabora Constantennia is a podcaster for “T is for Tabby” in Northern California and graduate from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Her killer homemade green tea ice cream sweetened with honey is a staff favorite at SGL Media. If you liked her summer reporting here and for last summer’s MakerFaire, then visit us again.