Today we’d like to introduce you to Todd Anthony.
So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
My journey as an artist started before I was formed in my mother’s womb but the light bulb didn’t illuminate in my head until I was sitting at my desk working as a social worker in 2009. I remember sitting there and thinking, “there’s so much more in me that I have to offer to this world” and at that moment, I decided to be an actor. Creativity was flowing through my veins but I was sitting on it.
I got started immediately, I would travel back and forth to New York from Philadelphia every week for acting class. I did that for about 3-4 months before eventually doing private lessons with one of my great friends, Dustin Felder who was an acting coach in Los Angeles. In the midst of doing lessons every week through Skype, I began doing independent projects and theater in Philly and New York. After a few years, I set my focus on Los Angeles, which I would frequent every other month to see the lay of the land. I made my move to Los Angeles in 2013 and since then, I’ve been blessed to be in numerous commercials, plays, films and television projects. I’m honored to say that I’ve worked with the likes of Michael B. Jordan, Loretta Devine, Roger Guenever Smith, Tasha Smith and many more.
God has blessed me to be in the right place with the right work ethic and I truly believe that it’s by his grace that I’ve made It this far, coming from where I come from.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I don’t think anyone who chooses to be an artist of any kind has had a smooth road (lol). However, I haven’t had It as bad as some others I know. In the industry, I’ve had my fair share of “no’s” and “we’re going to pass’s” (lol) but I’m fortunate that I didn’t have to live out of my car or starve myself to survive in LA. There have been days, weeks and sometimes months of “making ends meet” but I’ve enjoyed the learning lessons in It all. I think the main struggle for myself, like many other artists is the mental capacity it takes to keep going when the roadblocks try to come.
I can remember working at T-mobile, standing on my feet for 5-6 hours straight and then going to auditions afterwards with barely any energy. Sometimes I would have to leave work on my lunch break (which means no lunch for me today lol) to rush to an audition, try and focus on giving myself in the room with no mental blocks but in the back of my mind, I’m thinking “I have to hurry back before I lose my job”. I truly believe that I didn’t book a few jobs because I wasn’t completely clear and available in the audition room, so after two years I quit my job. I can remember asking God to just lead me and believing that all would work out. Although I had booked things while working, It wasn’t until I walked away from T-mobile that things started to open up for me. I no longer had the baggage of worry on me when I walked into auditions and I could be free to just be present.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
A little over a year ago, my wife and I started our production company “GreyArts Productions” which is the vehicle for our film/tv projects. We have produced several film projects, one of which is currently streaming on BETPlus called “Malcolm”. Our intent is to create projects that leave people inspired and changed for the better. We believe not only does art imitate life but if we continue to create the art that imitates the positive things about life, then the world can be changed.
I think this is what sets us apart as a company because it’s not about getting a project sold or a script into the right hands just to “get on” but it’s about being responsible with the creativity that we’ve been given. If we aren’t good stewards over what God has blessed us with, then why are we really doing It?!
Lastly, aside from the film projects, we put on panel discussions throughout the year for men, women and couples. These panels are designed to strengthen, encourage, uplift and inform us on how to be better people. The men have a chance to build at our “Men’s Wake Up Call”, the women have the opportunity to connect at the “Women Walking in Purpose” event and those that are in relationships/ marriages get the chance to share on how to equip yourselves to have a successful marriage. This is through our organization “Platform 4 Purpose” which I give all the credit to my wife because she spearheads the whole thing!
If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
If I had to start over, the only thing that I would do differently is create my own projects immediately. One of the best feelings in life is when you create something that comes to life. It’s something I believe we all have in us and because we are all so unique and different, the world is left a little worse off when someone doesn’t act on what God has placed in them to create.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @_toddanthony
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