We had the good fortune of connecting with Dan Warner and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dan, we’d love for you to start things off by telling us something about your industry that we and others not in the industry might be unaware of?
I think people don’t understand the amount of work and tenacity it takes to “get lucky” in this business. Preparation takes the pressure off of luck. I don’t know who said that, but it’s my favorite motto.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I was a door to door salesman for years and couldn’t figure out why I was doing that. It was very difficult and the amount of rejection was unbelievable. Years later, I now know why I did that, and the combination of door to door sales and stand up comedy is the most magical recipe for becoming a well rounded actor who can tell rejection to go fuck itself. It was never easy. I’m glad it wasn’t easy. Anything worth doing is worth working your ass off for. I know that’s a bit of a clicheic remark, but it’s really true. An unhinged ridiculous amount of effort and drive are required to have a 20 year career as a working actor without having to put up with the bullshit of a “real job” as so many people like to refer to it. I don’t even know what a real job would be. Also, who says it’s a real job. Mostly it’s a real shitty job that you don’t like. I guess follow your dreams is the takeaway here.
I love everything about acting and the process. It teaches you more about human behaviour and psychology than any book or class in my opinion.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
My favorite place to eat in LA is my balcony. I love to cook! Sadly a lot of cool places shut down last year and never came back. That said, you can’t beat going to the beach. The beach is always very calming for me. I’ve been to the Magic Castle a few times and it never fails to be a fun night!
There’s a ton of great restaurants in LA, I just prefer to cook at home on my pellet grill.
3rd street promenade is alway a go-to spot for an afternoon of day drinking, eating, and shopping. And Harvelle’s in Santa Monica is a really cool place for great music.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’ve studied with a few amazing teachers. Richard Lawson and Jocelyn Jones were certainly instrumental in my growth as an actor and Greg Dean got me started doing stand-up comedy which laid the foundation for my success. My parents were always very supportive as well, which is rare.