"Being remembered can go a long, long way."
Mason Sullivan is an actor that you can count on. Not only is he passionate about his craft, he also has an incredible work ethic that's balanced with a sense of humor and serenity.
Check out his creative experience and advice—then be sure to visit Mason-Sullivan.com!
Why did you become an actor?
When I graduated high school (and was, essentially, just burning time in my first year of undergrad at a very small college), I looked backed over my life and came to the conclusion that acting has always been it. Period.
For me, it was just so much more fun to entertain the idea of playing someone else, living in a different life or time period, seeing a new world, etc. for the rest of my life—rather than just sitting behind a desk. I don’t think this lifestyle “suits” everyone, but I do think some people know... this is it.
What are you currently working on or towards?
Continual, steady growth. Always that. However, outside of that, right now I’m really looking to book steady work and build my brand, find my audience, and stay ahead of the curve so to speak.
It's 1am and I'm just now getting back from rehearsal on "The Crate". Lots of progress made tonight, but there's still a TON of work that has to be done before go time! I'm feeling very thankful right now just be able to collaborate with a room full of very talented artists and individuals as well as share with @_iamawanderlust that awkward pause when we both realize we have no idea what the next line is... #ActorLife #TheCrate #exhaustedbutworthit #LINE?
What's your advice to aspiring actors?
Understand from the get go that this life isn’t an easy one. That is, if this is what you want to do for the next several decades of your life. You have to be willing to suffer, to have people laugh at you, doubt you, ignore you and then forget about you. You also have to have the drive, determination, and grit to prove every single one of them wrong – no matter how long it takes.
What do you love about the digital age we live in?
Connecting when you need to connect and disappearing when you need to disappear. Basically, I love that you can just type in someone’s name you need to talk to, friend them, call them, email them and usually you can get a response instantaneously. On the flip-side, you can lay your personal updates down, but still be able to see what everyone else is up to and what’s happening in the world.
What do you hate about the digital age we live in?
The lack of authenticity. I don’t think you can ever really know someone just by going off of their profile or who they present themselves as online. I think what we’ve lost is the comfort of just being you and not thinking you have to present yourself as this higher than normal figure. Let your work and results speak for themselves and don’t be afraid to look someone in the eye and carry on an actual conversation instead of just pecking away at keys.
What’s your favorite place in the NYC?
The Promenade or the Brooklyn Bridge.
On either of those two places you can see for miles and there’s just something very soothing about going there and just taking it all in. Be it the river, the city, or the skyline. They’re both good places to go and realize things.
Why did you choose to “get creative” with us?
Because I’m only “young” for so long and I think there’s a very specific gap for people my age to either get on the horse and run with it or quit and go home. I’m pretty stubborn so quitting doesn’t happen too often. Also, and more professionally, because we do live in a digital age and the sooner you adapt to that world and make yourself forward compatible the better off your future will be I think.
How you describe the process/experience?
Very accommodating and very easy to work with. I’m currently in my second year of graduate school at The Actor’s Studio Drama School and the second year is a very tough one to get through.
Tony and his team were able to work with my schedule, give me plenty of time to respond to questions or updates they had, and were also able to look at things objectively so that both of us could be proud of the finished product.
What responses or results have you received from your new website?
A lot! My presence online hasn’t certainly expanded and within the first week and I had gotten emails regarding gigs to book. Before, I would apply online and hope for the best. Now, I apply online and know either I will or won’t book something, but they will definitely remember me amongst others – which in this industry being remembered can go a long, long way.
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