How I Got Started In Commercials
I skimmed over the fine print in Boston University's view-book circa 1973, and arrived on campus shocked to learn that freshman were not allowed to audition for any of the theater productions. Instead, we were forced to do all the backstage work -- lighting, costume design, scenic construction, running crew, load-in and load-out, etc.
Brimming with outrage and chutzpah, the first week of school I showed up unannounced at the door of a theatrical agent, Eric Ross, and asked if he could help me find acting work. As I still needed to attend classes full-time, Eric started to send me out for commercials.
After I booked several jobs, SAG and AFTRA notified me that I was now a must-join. So, I gladly paid my union dues and began working steadily all through college doing voiceovers, radio spots and on-camera commercials.
After graduation, I moved to New York City and began freelancing with 5 or 6 different commercial agents until I met a wonderful agent and mentor, Angela Dipene of CESD, who guided my career through my 20's, 30's and early 40's and basically taught me everything I know about the world of actors and advertising.
In addition to voiceovers, I was also cast as the on-camera spokesman for several high profile national network TV and print campaigns, including this one!