We had the good fortune of connecting with Hans Hernke and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Hans, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
The most important factor for me is maintaining relationships with people that you work with all the time, not to burn any bridges. Communication is very important, promoting your work is very important, no matter how big or small your role is in a film or tv project. Promote your work because the producers that hired you when they see this, that makes them happy and most likely they’re going to cast you again in another film or tv project because if you’re not promoting yourself or your work as an actor or actress, who are you performing for then if you want to be in the entertainment industry. You have to keep yourself out there and relevant. That way when people see you they say “hey you seem really busy I’d love to hire you sometime and work with you”. I get that all the time now. And as a producer myself it makes me want to hire people again that are out there promoting the films that I hired them on because they’re part of the team and if the project succeeds then they’re going to succeed as well.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I started out in 2002 in Winter Park Florida selling movie tickets at Carmike Cinemas. After a while I thought to myself I don’t want to sell tickets to movies, I want to make movies. So I packed up my bags and moved to Los Angeles in 2002 to study at The New York Film Academy. Shortly after that I started gaining more experience being on set as a background and Stand-in. I decided I not only want to be an actor, I want to be a producer as well. So I branched myself out into producing and getting my roles that way by helping others create their film projects. That’s a little secret of how I get a lot of my work and how I stay connected with these people as I keep working with them and producing their projects. I do enjoy standing-in on TV shows and movies because it’s a nice balance to have a regular gig and then have some time off to focus on other projects that you want to do.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would take them of course to the usual spots; Hollywood and Highland, the TCL Chinese Theatre, and I would definitely take them to Universal Studios Hollywood to see the real working studio backlot. I would take them to Disneyland because it’s a lot different than DisneyWorld. There are a lot of good places to eat in LA, one place I would most likely take them to is Trejo’s tacos and there’s so many other places to eat, explore and it be fun to take them somewhere new that I haven’t been before either.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to dedicate this shout out to my parents Paul and Barbara Hernke, my high school The Master’s Academy, the teachers and staff at that school, Judi Tome and Sarah Thomas especially since they were my fine arts teachers and I also want to shout out to my friends that watch my work that support me, keep me going in this entertainment industry and encourage me to keep going and not to give up. Shout out to those that keep hiring me for work, I appreciate them very much and without them I would not be where I am today with the experience I now have under my belt because of them.