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Meet Anthony Balsano

Today we’d like to introduce you to Anthony Balsano.

Anthony, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I was born and raised in San Diego, California, in this amazing little suburb called Carmel Valley. Growing up, I was always obsessed with action-adventure films: Jurassic Park, King Kong, and Alien. I always knew I wanted to be up on screen with the characters going on these incredible journeys.

As a young kid, I did a lot of work for television commercials, with my father acting as my manager. As the frequent drives from San Diego to Los Angeles grew too much, we ended up taking a break for schooling purposes. However, the love for performing would stick with me for the rest of my life.

It was really in high school I got my foot into acting once again for the first time since I was young; I did a few theater shows and many, many short films. My favorite of both being my role of Chuck in She Kills Monsters and Julian in the film For Julian. I always felt I was better suited for the screen as I tend to keep my acting a bit more naturalistic and down to earth.

In 2017, I was admitted to The American Academy of Dramatic Arts (AADA). Despite my years of theatrical and film work prior, this school taught me how to “actually” act both for the stage and screen. I learned what it means to listen and, however cliché it sounds, I became present in the moment. The Academy taught me what it takes and means to be a real actor.

Since my graduation from The Academy at the DOLBY THEATER, I have continued to garner film credits and have procured commercial representation with Dee Russo at Elev8 Talent Agency.

Two upcoming projects I have coming out soon are ZOZO (2020) and Suburbia (2020). ZOZO is a horror film following 7 teens who accidentally release an entity from an Ouija Board and have to deal with the repercussions of it possessing one of the group. I play Charlie in it: a neurotic and cowardly, yet a good-hearted, teen who acts as a comic-relief in the film.

Suburbia is an 80’s thriller following a serial killer running rampant in a small Suburban town in middle-America. I play Ryan, the awkward love-interest to the lead, who tries to play hero.

Good luck with the upcoming releases of ZOZO and Suburbia.  We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Shockingly, it has not been as bad as one might think. My whole life I was told that making a living as an actor is impossible and there is absolutely no chance in making real money out of it. But the more I stay out in Los Angeles and the more people I meet, the more possible I realize this actually is. I have met some amazing people who ARE able to make a living as an actor.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s still an incredibly hard path, but most importantly it IS POSSIBLE. This past year I have made HUGE strides in the right direction. I can now consider myself a “good” actor, I am moving up the representation ladder, and most importantly I am booking roles. As my IMDB credits grow and my demo reel footage gets better and better, my confidence in myself and this lifestyle continue to improve. Of course, I still have a lot more to learn but I definitely feel like I am on the right path. And honestly, that’s all I can ask for.

What else should we know about you and your career so far?
I am an actor. So in a sense, I’m the CEO of my own business. And the product I’m selling? Me! Like any other business, I have a business plan with steps on how to grow and continue to expand my career. Although, this industry is notorious for not having a step-by-step process to it, there are always indicators and things that one can do and look for to progress in their career.

I am different from others as I can bring a sense of vulnerability and neuroticism in a lot of roles I play. I have been told I have the unique sense of making an audience root for me. I play a lot of awkward love-interests, boy next door, younger brother type-roles. And, I now have the confidence to say that these are the types of roles that I can do justice to 100% of the time.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
Truthfully, I don’t really believe in luck, I do believe in hard work though. Even though there were definitely a certain series of events that got me to where I am today, I don’t consider that to be luck. I would instead like to thank my supportive social circle of friends and family for helping me get to where I am today.

I really pride myself in my ability to work hard. I’m always working on independent projects, always self-submitting for roles, always reading up on Deadline, and stalking actors on IMDB in shows and films I like. There are SO MANY things an actor can do to further their career and it always pains me when people just “sit around and wait”. I had to work so hard to get the agency I’m with currently, I sent out so many emails to agents and managers until I finally got that one YES to come in for a meeting. Nothing is easy and nothing comes from “luck”. In my opinion, luck can only get you so far.

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