"Steve Silkotch" has been an actor at the Ramona Bowl / Ramona outdoor play for 17 years playing various cowboy roles as well as other promotional events for the Ramona Bowl. A cowboy, actor, musician, Steve is a lifelong resident of Anza Ca a small town located in the San Jacinto Mountains of southern California. ( This statement is taken from his IMDB page https://www.imdb.com/name/nm8281796/ ) "
Steve Silkotch’s also won the 2019 Coachella Valley Indie Film Awards in Rancho Mirage Monday, Oct. 7. He also won the CV Indie Film Award for Best Male Actor Award in 2017.
I had the opportunity to work with this amazing and talented actor! Not only is he talented but one of the kindest and down-to-earth persons I know. He was always easy to work with, a delight on the set, and always came to the set prepared and knew his lines. I couldn't think of a better person to interview for this months' feature post than this remarkable man! I had the opportunity to interview Steve and heres what he told me.
Tell me a little about your background? Where you are originally from and how did that journey lead you to where you are located today?
What inspired you to be an actor?
Love watching movies and watching some of the "behind the scenes " stuff just seemed like a lot of fun.
How do you prepare for a role?
How do I prepare for a role, well usually involves a lot of fasting, meditation and prayer no I'm just kidding I read the script as well as talk with the director /writer about the character and try to get some insight as to what kind of person I'm supposed to be.
What was your favorite role?
favorite role whichever one I'm working on at the time except for Pete sorry Gina lol
What role would you like to play?
A hard nose detective in a crime drama or a gritty sheriff in a western
What films have you appeared in?
Features Cataract Gold, One Year Pact, Rose England, Acts of Kindness, Star Connection (coming soon) shorts, American Moonlight, Rhonda and Holiday, TV series Tucker's War.
What was your misconception of acting?
The process of actually making a film lol
How was your first experience ever being in a film?
My first experience was great, and I had a lot of fun on the set, and seeing the comradery and such with actors, director/s crew was really neat.
Do you see yourself acting for the rest of your life?
Hard to say, I mean when I'm on set I'm usually having a great time but there are down periods that be somewhat discouraging as well as times you kinda feel like there isn't much for you when it comes to your specific body type or looks. I think I answered that one like a politician not directly answered but kinda around it hahaha :)
Were there any other family members also interested in the arts?
Sort of. My parents were both involved with the Ramona Outdoor Play for a few years with me and I conned my dad into being an extra in Tuckers War lol.
Has your love for acting increased or decreased through the years? Why?
Another question I may have to give the politician style answer hahaha actors/actresses enjoy acting so the rewarding aspects lie within the opportunity given, the most challenging aspect a lot of times I hate to say as far as indie filmmaking goes is sometimes the means to make the project happen. I plan to enjoy the journey long as I can.
Do you plan to become a SAG/AFTRA actor/actress or are you just fine with being a free spirit independent actor?
Would be nice to get SAG status but I'm ok either way.
What aspect of being an independent actor is the most rewarding and what part would you find the most challenging? What do you feel that are the positives and negative aspects of becoming a union actor?
Positive aspects better chances to get into bigger projects, the negative side you gotta deal with the union politics, please rules and regulations.
What’s next for Steve?
What's next for me a couple of projects in the works in the meantime take care of my youngins lol
If you could give advice to someone just starting off in the movie industry, what would it be?
My advice would be to learn as much as you can, never let anyone tell you that you can't always keep trying but also don't quit your day job either.