We had the good fortune of connecting with Rodney Damon Collins and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rodney Damon, is there a quote or affirmation that’s meaningful to you?
My favorite quote/affirmation is: Leave on “E”. The phrase is Leave on Empty. I am focused on leaving this world completely empty of all of my god-given gifts. I will not be a contributor to the wealth of dreams and goals that lie in the cemetery. The cemetery is the richest place in the world because so many dreams and goals die with people. By living by this quote, I am constantly seeking ways to grow and allow my gifts to be used to improve the lives of others. I especially love using my creative gifts because I believe that they inspire people to live. I tell people to stop watching inspiring lives and become one!
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.
My journey has been one of perseverance, faith, and showing up. I started my acting career by writing my 1st sketch comedy as a senior in high school. Throughout college I kept a low key profile in the arts by studying piano and my involvement in several fashion/talent shows. After college, I got involved with print campaigns and a few commercials in Cleveland, OH. My career really began to gain some steam after I was booked in an independent film in Ohio. During this time, I realized how much I loved telling stories and that I am gifted at this. Here’s were a challenge comes into play when I received a job offer to relocate to Los Angeles, CA. This was a huge opportunity to move to a place where I knew that my career could take a huge leap but it also could be one of the most challenging times of my life. My son was graduating from high school. My daughter was a freshmen in college. My wife was working as a teacher in Cleveland. We had to sell our house. My wife had to get a job in Los Angeles. My wife and I decided that I would take the job and move from Cleveland to Los Angeles. There were a number of steps and I had to leave first to start my new job while my family was back in Ohio. I was grateful for family in Los Angeles who opened their home to me. It was very hard flying back and forth from California to Ohio, driving vehicles across country, finding a place to live, finding jobs, and just adjusting to a different lifestyle. After I had been living in Los Angeles for (9) days, I was sitting on the 10 in the usual stop and go traffic when all of sudden someone ran into the back of my car and pushed me under another one. My car was totaled. I’m thinking, “I just got here!” Then within (4) months the job that brought me out to Los Angeles began to fall apart. Things were not working as advertised. I was looking at losing my income and being laid off for the first time in my life. This was a stressful moment for me. This is when I began to question my path and if all these things are happening then maybe I need to go back. Isn’t that what most people do? When things get tough it’s assumed that maybe you’re in the wrong place. We decided to move forward and have faith knowing that something different was happening and to go with it. That’s when I decided that I needed to connect with some people in the entertainment industry and in order for me to do that I decided that I needed to do some background work. So I signed up with Central Casting. It led to meeting a number of people of influence. I never looked at background work like I was going to stay there. I looked at it like a doorway into the world that I always wanted to be in. I was strategic about meeting people on set and building relationships. As a result, it led to me receiving my 1st series regular role on Amazon’s Chosen Kin Origins as Dr. Watson. I always looked at my role as an actor as a servant. I am on set to help to tell a compelling story whether it’s to make somebody cry or laugh. I have been hired to help shape the vision of the project. I’ve always believed that if you help enough people get what they’re looking for in life, eventually, you get what you’re looking for. I always approach people with a how can I help you attitude. That’s the best way to live! I am now an award winning actor with over (28) projects under my belt. I have produced my own short film entitled “Sleepers” in which I am in development now for it to be a (10) episode TV series. Some incredible principles that I’ve learned through this period is to push through adversity, Make sure you have the right people walking with you, you won’t know how bad you want it until things get tough, continue to show up every single day no matter how you feel, and be present in every moment of life. IMDB: https://www.instagram.com/tv/
Also I am a transformational speaker, international podcast host of RDC’s Speaklife Sessions on Apple Podcsst. I am a certified life coach and founder of RDC’s Speaklife Coaching.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
1. We have to start with our amazing beaches and my favorite is the Ocean View Trails 2. You have to do a studio tour and I would recommend Warner Bros and Paramount Pictures 3. Attending a comedy show at the Laugh Factory on Sunset 4. The Griffith Observatory 5. We have to take a picture at the famous Hollywood sign 6. Attending an event at the Forum 7. Eating a famous Pink’s Hot Dog 8. The Grove and The Citadel 9. Watching a show at the Greek Theater in Griffith Park 10. Enjoying some art and views at the Getty Center 11. Enjoying the restaurants and late night entertainment on Sunset Blvd. Maybe even bringing them to a Red Carpet event with me 13. Letting them hang out on set with me 14. Hanging out at L.A. Live 15. A visit to the Stars Wars attraction at Disney I can go on!!!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I start with my faith in God, then my wife who is incredibly supportive of my career. My son who is entering the entertainment industry. My daughter who is one of my biggest supporters even though she says “I’m crazy to be an actor!” LOL! My parents and both my older and younger brothers, I’m a middle child! TWO of my best friends Anthony Burel and David Williams. I would also like to thank my manager/friend MB Talent (Michelle Bee). She is the most supportive person that I’ve met in the entertainment industry. Also, Walter Tabb/Altamero Management he is one the realest people I know. I would like to thank Actress Elise Neal for helping to guide my career. Legendary Actor Bill Cobbs who has been a mentor for me. Playwright Cassandra Sanders. Tiffany Rose and My Friend’s House. Writer and Director Miranda Bowden. Actor Kareem Grimes. Director and Producer Neko Sparks. Actor Taja V. Simpson. My publicist Jessica L. Dupree – she is a super publicist who knocks down doors for her clients. Actress Patrice Fisher she has been a friend and mentor since I had the opportunity to work with her as her TV/Film husband. Donna Quach and You Matter Not Alone. Yolanda Marshall and Brianni Walker. My first book entitled “Shattered A Journey Through the Pieces.”