Actor Robert Wu Moved To LA, Got Himself Into The Acting Business: Television, Film, Theater, and Voiceovers.
I met him in the lobby of a theater, after a play he was performing in. We made a connection then, and I didn’t know anything about him.
Some time after, I happened, to see his name on either Twitter or Facebook, and contacted him. We spoke about another play he was, then, about to start. This one had an all Asian cast; it came down from San Francisco, and already had a substantial reputation. (Which is how I learned where he was from.) I learned about Steven Wu, only little by little. Even then, I didn’t know that expanse of his acting career so far. I didn’t know that he was at the same (highly regarded) Los Angeles voiceover agent that I had also been with, when I first moved to LA from an extremely successful New York voiceover career.
I surely didn’t know that he had made his way into the acting business in the tradition way of hard work and persistence; and had done so more swiftly than most. With a bit more ease, it seems.
I didn’t know any of his acting career history, resume, nor trajectory. Not even when I asked him to write a guest post. (This probably is lots more surprising to me, than to you.)
When I asked him to write the post for Hollywood Actor Prep, it was because I knew he was working “some”. Mostly, it was because he was of Asian ancestry and I wondered if he, too, had found it a hindrance to getting acting auditions, and being cast in real acting roles. I had become aware of the issue from another professional actor of Asian ancestry, who had had a hard time because of his type, and wrote about it here at the blog.
I was hoping to find an actor who could write something that would be more inspiring or even give some secrets on dealing with similar hurdles. From someone who wasn’t having a difficult time with their type, whom other actors that read could find something to enlighten their own path.
To present a different actor’s point of view, that’s why I had asked. I sent him a list of questions.
When he emailed me the answers back, I was quite surprised. Somewhat wow’ed.
This next post of Robert Wu’s will not only inspire actors of Asian, or specific types; this actor’s guest post will inspire all actors.
Robert Wu only determined he wanted to act in college, after which he just set out to do it. One foot in front of the other. And did. He came from San Francisco; brought a dream, his faith, and by taking one step at a time, made a success of each one.
Acting success by the good 0ld fashioned normal route. No secrets.
Just went for it.
That’s the very next post at Hollywood Actor Prep.
I do know how many many actors start with the same intentions, but Robert managed to make it click, as if everyone and anyone can just go ahead and go around the game board.
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PS You can watch Steven Wu as a guest star on Bones, this Thursday night.