We had the good fortune of connecting with Timmy L’Heureux and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Timmy, what’s one piece of conventional advice that you disagree with?
I disagree with the idea that you constantly have to be creating social media in order to book a job. I’ve always respected actors like Edward Norton who aren’t always in the spot light. He doesn’t seem starved for attention and needing to self validate through social media or news outlets. Norton, from what I understand, does a project because he believes in it and has that passion or desire to be a part of the project not because he’s afraid of losing out on the spotlight. Now that we have social media, there is a great amount of pressure on actors to always be creating new content, irregardless of the quality or content. A lot of the social media content created is subpar and not illuminating the actor in the best light. And the idea that if you’re not doing something all the time and getting your face out there then you’re not talented or deserving of a job is absurd. It’s a sad day now that social media celebrities receive acting jobs over actual talented actors who go to class or even have a degree in Acting because of their following or likes. It’s cheap easy money for the film and tv industry and they know it. It’s free promotion for the project. I think you can see the lower quality of acting in shows and movies now where social media celebraties are hired over actual talent. For people like myself who could care less about social media, we are left to keep fighting the good fight the old fashioned way, through talent, showing up on time, preparing for a role or audition, and being a kind and caring person who is open to opportunity when it arrives. I’ve had a small amount of success without a social media presence. That being said I do have an Instagram account and check my Facebook from time to time. I don’t like twitter and most new platforms drive me crazy. Plus, they are for the youths and I’m over 35. My advice, put down your phone. Read an acting book. Talk with friends about acting, film and tv. Elevate each other in person rather than through social media. Get to know people. Throw out the term “network.” Ask friends for advice. Meet up for coffee or drinks. Don’t worry about social media. Someday it will die and the show will go on. It always has and always will irregardless of money or fame.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I think for myself, as an actor, I’ve always found greater success through friendship. On my own I’ve has a small amount of success but through my relationships with others I’ve found more! Trying to do this on your own is possible but difficult. Doing this with a friend or group of friends makes it easier. I never would have been in a movie if it wasn’t for my friends. I started a theatre company back in the day with friends. Friends, its not just a great TV show, its a way of doing things.
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?
We’d start out with a hike up Griffith to the top of Mt. Hollywood. There you get a great perspective of how big and small this town really is. I’ve even told people coming to this town, that if you want to make it, you first have to climb this mountain 100 times. After that we’d get coffee/breakfast at Square One and talk about life and ideas. From there, regroup, shower, and explore our options on the day. I’d suggest a movie at a fun theatre like the Vista. After that either cook at home and go out for drinks after or head to the Cat and Fiddle and down some pints! Then, if they still have tickets, try and catch a show at the Groundlings!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’ve been going to the Actor’s Collective for my self tape auditions! They are fast and efficient and have a great product. They are fairly priced and fun to work with!
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