We had the good fortune of connecting with Tim Realbuto and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Tim, 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?
People don’t realize how many jobs go into making a film, TV, or stage project. There’s way more than just the actors and the director. There are endless crew members, casting directors, assistants, hair and makeup crew, construction workers, builders, script assistants, stage managers, designers, the list goes and on and on.
Also, a lot of people look at the entertainment industry as a hobby. Just because we may love what we do doesn’t make it any less of a real job.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
The challenges of being an actor is hearing the word “no” so many times along the way. You have to get a tough skin and realize that it’s not about your work, it’s about the business end of things. You could be a great actor and still not get the job and that’s totally OK. It took me a long time to realize that.

It also took me a long time to realize that there’s only one me in this entire world. I have to stop comparing myself to others. We are all on a different journey and we are all on a different path. And that’s completely fine. Some people may succeed sooner than others and there’s nothing wrong with that.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If I was in LA, I’d take them to all of the Hollywood tourist spots like The Chinese Theatre and the Hollywood Museum. It’s fun and there’s a lot of history there. I’d also take them to Universal Studios.

If I was in NYC at the time, I’d take them to a Broadway show. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My mother deserves all of the recognition in the world. She got me into the arts from a very young age. Without her, I wouldn’t have a story to tell.

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