Updated: May 7
Tell me a little about your background? Where you are originally from and how did that journey lead you to where you are today?
I'm an actor and model. He was born in Frankfurt, Germany. My father was in the United States Army and my mother was an elementary school teacher. Our family moved back to the U.S. when I was about a year old. I served in the U.S. Air Force where I was a Trainer for subjects such as Fighter Pilot survival refresher training, Chemical Defense as well as others. Part of my training required attending various survival schools. After leaving the Air Force, I spent many years as a Stockbroker and then as a corporate Trainer for some of the largest financial institutions in the country.
I have done TV, Film, Web, theater, and Print work. I began my acting career by working with the Phoenix Theater. Wayne usually keeps busy working multiple projects at a time as well as being a Personal Trainer.
What inspired you to be an actor?
Ever since I was a child, I wanted to do the things that I saw on TV or in the movies. I watched a lot of TV and movies and always imagined how cool it would be to do those things.
How do you prepare for a role?
The first step is to learn my lines. From the work that I have done in theater, getting off the book is primary. Next would-be making decisions or coming to an understanding of who the character is. I will also do research about the subject area as well as any other details that would inform my performance. I recently played the part of a blind person in Equally Blind directed by Gina Sedman. I watched videos and learned a lot about how to be accurate to the character.
To date, what was your favorite role?
Ha. That is like which child is your favorite J.
What type of roles do you enjoy playing? I can say that my favorite type of role is one that makes me learn about something as well as myself. A role that is less like the real me. Roles that the child version of me would think were cool or fun.
What films have you appeared in? I have been fortunate to be in about 30 plus projects. Many of those were shorts. That, plus the several plays I have been in have kept me busy.
What was your misconception about acting in film? Growing up watching films, I never knew or even thought about the fact that there are always multiple takes. I was so caught up in the movie magic, that I didn’t analyze it, I just got immersed in it and went where it took me.
How was your first experience ever being in a film and or theatre? One of the first things I got to do was be a Cop on ID network. I didn’t have any lines, but I got to see how things get done on set. It was very informative. My first play was and has been a defining event for me. The playwright, Gwen Wright, put me in there where I was working with very seasoned actors. There were only four of us, every part was a lead. I had to learn a lot and quickly. The things that I learned have stayed with me and served me well.
Do you see yourself acting for the rest of your life? Well, that is an interesting question. I do not know how long this chapter will be. I’m enjoying it and am always happy to see what directions it will take me. I have done a lot of things in my life and never thought of any of them as being forever.
Has your love for acting increased or decreased through the years? Why? It has only increased as I learn more and get larger and more interesting roles. This is something that there is always more work to be done on your craft.
What aspect of being an independent actor is the most rewarding and what part would you find the most challenging? To me, independent means you are self-dependent. You are responsible for every aspect of the business. Because of this, you also have less access to roles that only go out to Agents/Agencies. However, you can also play roles that those with representation cannot. It is a little challenging, but also very rewarding.
What are your future plans regarding your acting career? Keep pushing. Keep learning. Keep having fun. Keep making the kid in me happy.
Do you plan to become a sag/aftra actor/actress or are you just fine with being a free spirit independent actor?
I think when you reach a certain level, you have to go that route. When you are getting enough work, you can get enough roles to survive and keep doing it.
Have you ever produced your own film and if yeas, tell me about it? That is a future plan. I have plenty of ideas for when the time is right.
What’s next for you? That is one of the reasons why I enjoy this so much because I don’t know what is next. Tomorrow I might get an email or a phone call informing me that I got that role I applied for weeks ago. From there, the adventure begins.
If you could give advice to someone just starting off in the movie industry, what would it be? I will say what I already tell people. I heard Bryan Cranston say it. Just act. It doesn’t matter whether it is community theater, a student film, etc. Just act.