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Meet Joe Blute

Today we’d like to introduce you to Joe Blute.

Joe, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
A rare breed I am. I’m a 26-year-old actor/artist living in the Los Angeles area for almost two years. Just kidding. There are millions of people just like me doing the same thing within a thirty-mile radius. But among those people, everyone is different and has their own specific story. Which makes us all unique!

Like many actors, the acting bug bit me at a young age. The age of eleven. I started in my middle school’s player’s club and was asked to sing a solo for the first show that I participated in. The solo required me to be alone on the stage and just like that, I was hooked. The appetite for the stage only grew after that. Being in my high school player’s for eleven shows (starting in the sixth grade, I didn’t get left behind), doing off-off Broadway plays in Manhattan during my teenage years, acting in summer theaters, making films in my high school film program, and starting to seriously pursue the ‘business’ at the age of seventeen.

Passion for the art brought me to study at The Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute in NY. Enrolling in both their teen program and their two-year conservatory upon graduating from high school. I can still remember all of my scenes that I acted in and all the scenes that I observed to this day.

After Strasberg, I was thrust into the good ol’ ‘real world.’ It has been nothing short of an enlightening journey to say the least. Like every actor, I have had my share of bookings, but with many more rejections along the way. After graduating from Strasberg, I did everything to stay creative. I made my short films, I was in theater companies, independent plays in NYC and auditioning for everything that came about in that time.

This four years span was very chaotic. It made me discover a need for a change of pace in my life. I wanted to give the west coast a try. I was lucky to be cast in films out in LA prior to my permanent arrival so it definitely helped me get acclimated for the move here. Like many actors, I packed up the car and drove out west to give this town a shot.

Since rolling into town, the appetite for creativity has not stopped. From Meisner studios to audition technique classes. The hustle is still the same. It is a daily grind and feels like the wild, wild west. Driving up and down the valley in your wagon to see where you are needed.

Since the world shut down, I have been asking myself “life is short. How do you want to spend the rest of your time creatively?” “What do you want to do?” This is where I am today and what I am asking myself.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The first half of my journey was nothing but smooth. I essentially got every role I went out for, whether it was in NYC or High School. Everyone “wanted me,” and I never had more fun during this period of time. Of course, this had a lot to do with just being a kid.

Studying at Lee Strasberg for two years, things got bumpier. You are only there for so long before the “real world” hits. So there is this weird, internal clock that you create in your head saying: “I need to have X, Y and Z after I graduate.” My time at the school was beautiful, but I started to feel the stakes being raised.

After graduating from Strasberg, it has been a slow, steady fall off a cliff. It hasn’t been bumpy, that’s too generous. I could write a one thousand page dissertation on the struggles of being an artist in western civilization. But let me focus on three important areas.

The first is that it takes a long time to become an actor. Now, this is a good thing because you’re in for a lifetime of adventure. As one of my teachers said: “Half of acting is just life experience.” As I am getting older, I feel things coming to me more easily, whether it is being more relaxed or having greater control of my instrument. You have to be patient, always available and ready to learn. Embracing this can be hard at an early age when your ego is inevitably massive.

The second is that there is the ‘art’ and then there is the ‘commerce’. Both are two separate entities. It can be frustrating when both don’t merge. You finally understand Hamlet. You feel him. He is in you and you are in him! HOW EXCITING! …..but you’re 62. You can’t play him. At least not commercially. And if you don’t take care of your marketing materials and how to sell yourself, you won’t work. You can be the greatest actor on the planet. It won’t matter if your business game is not up to par.

Lastly, the right support is everything. Having mentors and peers is vital. We are all in the same boat and need to support one another. Especially when facing ignorance everywhere around you from everyone who doesn’t understand what this field entails.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
‘I have been grateful in my life where my work has diversified itself across all genres, both comedy and drama. Where I have been able to act in all venues. From film, digital media, theater and commercial. I believe the work as an artist is really all you have. So I pride myself on really just making it about that. Your craft and technique. It sounds cliche but trying to find real, authentic experiences as an actor on stage or on camera, that’s what I live for. That is what I try to root my work in.

As for some work that has been showcased, I was recently cast as my first lead in a mini-series, ‘Swipe.’ It could be found on jonsaks.com/swipe. And a short film I was fortunate enough to be a part of, ‘Five Families’ with David Proval (The Sopranos, Mean Streets) and Barry Primus (The Irishman) will also hopefully be out soon on a streaming platform.

What I am focused on now is figuring out how to spend all my time in a constant creative state when the world re-opens. As simple as that. I’m excited to see what new doors and opportunities will come out from the other end of this horrible pandemic.’

What sets you apart from others?
What sets me apart from others is marching to my own beat. I have a hard time doing something if I cannot find the authenticity in it. It is tough to always have this approach because inevitably, you are going to be spending some time in life doing things that you do not want to be doing because you have to. I like going at my own pace and figuring it out for myself.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
I honestly cannot isolate one favorite childhood memory. It would have to be any moment where I was running around in an open field during a summer BBQ playing tag with cousins or friends. Or doing the same in a pool. Any moment where I was completely immersive in an activity, without a care in the world. Those times would have to be the best moments of my childhood.

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