This monthly podcast series, hosted by actor David John Clark, will focus on his journey as a late bloomer actor and the people that he has crossed paths with on that journey. Episodes will partly showcase the trials and tribulations of starting on a journey in the acting world that many (or dare we say, most) actors commence in their early 20’s or 30’s, and usually via 3- or 4-years of formal drama school education straight out of senior high school. But specifically, the series will delve into what David has learnt on that journey, who he has met, what have they taught him that can be shared with you, the listener. These are all things that are relevant for all actors, regardless of their stage on the journey.
Guests will range from fellow late bloomer actors, to industry guests including casting directors, agents and acting teachers. Guests who can impart their knowledge with us on how to navigate the world of acting in their particular domain, whether that be casting, acting classes, indie or student films, navigating social media, promotion and self-marketing or how to just be resilient in a very dynamic and changing world.
What can you expect from these episodes: For the actor listeners: whether you’re coming to the party late because you started out acting in school or your younger years but gave it up for a career choice, family or any other endeavour; or whether you’re taking up acting as a mid-life crisis (or a mid-life revelation or change of direction); or you are a younger actor, starting out on this journey, or even a seasoned actor, you may have asked the question, “Why?” Or more likely, “How?” Very pertinent questions, both of which David has asked himself continuously on his acting journey. In the upcoming episodes you will hear words of wisdom and wonderful stories of self-discovery and learnings from actors and industry guests, all willing to share their learnings to assist you, the listener, and hopefully enable you to broaden your knowledge on this journey.
It is the ambition of this podcast to bring wisdom and motivation, to not just fellow late bloomer actors, but all actors listening. And for the non-actors, you too will take away something positive with you from the episodes.
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anywhere that thing can hold up. I'll get the weapons, everyone goes armed.
You are listening to the Late Bloomer Actor podcast, with David John Clark.
Welcome, to the first episode of my podcast the Late Bloomer Actor. My name is David John Clark
and I'm a Late Bloomer Actor your host for this podcast. You may know me from the millisecond
appearance on screen with Hayden Christensen and Natalie Portman in Star Wars Attack Of The Clones,
numerous background roles on Sydney film and TV shows in the 90s, more recently as the crazy
complaints council officer on channel 7's Today Tonight, the smiling Stratco dad, the heavily
bearded post-apocalyptic survivor in What Remains, numerous bad Dads or police officer number two
or notably Chief Of Security David Menz in the sci-fi mini movie Antaries, hence the hat.
This monthly podcast series will focus on the journey of late bloomer actors, the trials and
tribulations of starting on a journey in the acting world that many well dare I say most
actors commence in their early twenties or thirties and usually via three or four years
of formal drama school education straight out of senior high school. I will endeavor to bring
on guests that are fellow late bloomer actors to learn from their acting journey and also
industry guests that can advise us late bloomer actors on how to navigate the world of acting
in their particular domain whether that be casting, acting classes, indie or student films,
or just how to navigate the world of social media and self marketing.
What is the late bloomer? I admire a quote from Jeff Brown, the author of Love It Forward,
it's a collection of magical quotes in which he has written,
"So called late bloomers get a bad rap. Sometimes the people with the greatest potential
often take the longest to find their path because their sensitivity is a double-edged sword.
It lives at the heart of their brilliance but it also makes them more susceptible to life's pains.
Good thing we aren't being penalized for handing in our purpose late, the soul doesn't know a thing
about deadlines" he says. It is also said that if you're a late bloomer you remember that many
oak trees they don't produce first acorns until they're 50 years of age and I'm pushing 50 and I
haven't produced my first acorn yet either. So it appears you can be late to the game yet
produce fresh product and this is the journey I'd like to explore with you on this podcast.
So a little about me: I am at the time of this podcast in 2021 48 years of age pushing
49. I'm a government employee of 30 years, I'm married to Kellie, my wonderful wife of 22 years.
We have three sons together, Rohan age 19, Aidan 18 and Connor 16 who's just sitting next door to
me on his own computer at the moment. Connor is now just starting out on his acting journey so
he might most certainly might be following a different journey to that of his late bloomer Dad,
maybe! I wish him well of course and certainly I'm very excited to see what his journey will be.
I may even have to dedicate an episode with him to compare the differences of our journey so far.
A few years ago just after I turned 40, I walked into an acting agency here in
Adelaide to sign up as an extra, having worked as an extra in the 1990s in Sydney
and seeing some major movies now being filmed here in Adelaide,
notably Russell Crows The Water Diviner and Deadline Gallipoli starring Sam Worthington.
I decided, I should get back into acting and and find an agent, sign up as an extra again.
You're 40 years old people said and I thought, yeah! You've got no chance of getting anywhere in
the acting world you've missed that boat, sailed already. Well that's okay, I said. I was just
getting back to my extra background roles that I used to do as a 20-something back in Sydney in the
90s. Ah, only if I'd done things back differently back then huh? This podcast might be titled
something completely different. Hey you know what happened? I did a course! Yep I did of course.
The agency asked me to complete their intro course so they could teach me their expectations of being
an extra on their books and then they told me about their four-term course, teaching the basics
of acting, you know, introduction to camera, acting technique, intensive professional
development and finally showcasing your show reel at the end of the year. Well I thought,
might as well jump on board, at best what's it going to do it might put me or higher
on the extras ladder. You know what totally amazed me? From very early on in my first term
I really enjoyed this acting thing. Not just being on set and walking backwards
and forwards on the street a dozen time while the real actors did their thing but you know
actually being that real actor learning a script and and stepping in front of a camera and this
initially amazed me personally and scared the shit out of me! What was I thinking? Why
was I doing this? Because, I, .... some people find it hard to believe but I'm an introvert.
I know this for sure. I've done all the tests the mini psyche personality
tests and the big Myers-Briggs personality test. I'm a definitive ISTJ from memory.
ISTJ indicates a person who is energized by time spent alone, "introversion";
who focuses on facts and details rather than ideas and concepts, "sensing"; who makes decisions based
on logic and reason, "thinking"; and finally who prefers to be planned and organized rather than
spontaneous and flexible, "judging". That's also us Taureans I think, very loyal. You know what,
what I found most surprising, things that many top actors, yeah guess what, are introverts.
Came as a huge revelation to me and a reason to embrace the journey I was about to embark on.
That being said, obviously there are a myriad of actor personality types
and likely they swing from the very introverted to the very extroverted. For example: some well-known
introverted actors include Glenn Close, Helen Hunt, Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Gwyneth Paltrow
and Julia Roberts to name a few. And alongside them, obviously, you will find their extroverted
counterparts such as Oprah, Johnny Depp, you won't see this one coming ... Robin Williams
(god miss him) (didn't see that one coming and Jim Carrey, Jerry Seinfeld,
Bruce Willis and Madonna. So, it doesn't matter which type of personality coin you lie on
your personality will bring out something special on the big screen.
Now back to the primary reason for developing this podcast: Can you make it in the acting industry if
you're a late bloomer? Big question. Now whether you're coming to the party late because you
started out acting in school or your younger years but you gave it up for a career choice family or
any other endeavor. Or whether you're taking up acting as a mid-life crisis
or a mid-life revelation well just a change of direction, I'm sure you've asked the question why?
Or more likely how? Very pertinent questions, both questions of which I have asked myself
continuously on my journey and do today. And so it is my goal in the upcoming episodes to speak with
fellow actors who are on the same journey who've started late like myself or for whatever reason
to learn from them and discuss their journey. I hope to bring to you, actors who have just started
on the journey, actors are several years into their journey and also actors who have made it,
if making it is such a thing. Actors who have come to the party late, persevered through all
the hurdles, all the hurdles thrown at them to accomplish a successful acting career.
You know, late bloomers are not necessarily just those that have commenced the journey late in life
they may also be those that have pushed through for years and for years without making it.
But then you know they've made the jump from a struggling actor or a hobbyist to the big
time. Now, some prime examples are Morgan Freeman, Samuel L Jackson, Christopher Walt,
Betty White and two of my favorite actors both Brian Cranston and Star Wars, Harrison Ford.
Now many of these actors have spent decades in Hollywood but truly didn't smash it until later
in their careers. So the term late bloomer, it can actually be subjective I suppose.
So, my guests will have those variations in their stories.
Now ... if I can get any of those awesome names on my podcast ... well
let's see see where the future takes us hey? Samuel L Jackson, if you're listening, I'm ready.
But this podcast, it won't just be actors in their journey I'm also going to bring on some industry
experts; acting teachers, casting directors, film and TV directors to name a few. Now, so we can get
their insights into the acting world and how they see late bloomer actors in their world and to take
their advice on how to navigate the jungle out there, do they see the world being different if
you've come to the party late compared to someone out of a major drama school. That we'll see?
And to finish up, I hope these episodes bring wisdom and motivation, to not just fellow
late bloomer actors but all actors out there. Actually, I'm sure anybody will take something,
something positive away from the episodes coming. So, please enjoy the journey, follow and share
the podcast on whatever podcast platform you're listening to and I'll see you on set.
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A big shout out to StageMilk.com for keeping me fresh on my acting journey. And finally,
the music within the intro and outro is written and composed by Aiden Hendry.
See you all on set.