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Check Out Billy Dunston’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Billy Dunston.

Billy, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I started acting seriously just before pandemic in 2019. Before that, I served in the military as an Airborne Ranger and Reconnaissance team leader for 13 years. I had be dealing with depression for a long time and I know now that it was because I had little time for art. I was nervous with film being a viable medium for me to create at first and the pandemic didn’t make it any easier. I didn’t want to wait around being complacent for things to get better. I wanted to be ready when they were so I started studying. I read books by Stanislavski, Misner, Adler and everything else I could get my hands on. I took Zoom and small in person classes and when things opened up, I hit the ground running. Since 2020 I’ve been lucky enough to work for brands like Jeep, Good year, AT&T and Activision as well as a lead on the show “Quicksand” and a series regular on “Tavern Brawl”. I have learned that life will always and frequently throw curveballs at you. Our lives are determined by how we have prepared for them and how willing we are to grow from that. I made a polar opposite career switch after 30. I am successful in it because of my passion and dedication to my craft. Take the risk and dive in headfirst.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
Planning a career change is always difficult. It was especially nerve-racking doing it in the pandemic. Early on, I fell for some scams and worked for some dead-end projects but it’s all part of the game. Navigating the pandemic in the films industry as a newcomer has been a challenge but every day is rewarding because I love my work.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I have been lucky enough to work for brands like Jeep, La Batt, Good year, AT&T and Activision. I enjoy more action-oriented and comedic roles the most. I’m most proud of my lead role on the show “Quicksand” which is a spy action thriller and a series regular on “Tavern Brawl”. With both of those shows, I have been able to have multiple action scenes and I am working on putting together a stunt team in my off time.

What makes you happy?
Besides acting, Cosplay and Brazilian jujitsu. Cosplay because I get to craft something from nothing and the process is very therapeutic for me. I typically do everything from scratch so I get to draw the pattern, build and paint. I also get to make my favorite characters come alive with my own spin on it. Jujitsu is another happy place for me because I like the physical and mental exercise I get from it. The jujitsu community is fantastic too and I plan to do jujitsu for as long as I can.

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