"In order for me to be the best, I have to first seek the best and prepare myself as much as possible."
Eric Murray is a soon to be MFA Graduate from The Actors Studio at Pace University. It was my honor to work with this burgeoning professional and help craft his image as he prepares to take his craft out of the studio and into the marketplace.
I haven't yet gotten to see his work onstage, but I can tell you from his work ethic collaborating on this project that this is a great artist to watch out for!
Why did you become an Actor?
I didn’t so much decide as I did realize.
All my life since I can remember, I had a passion for acting things out, whether it was my own ideas and characters, or something I gleaned from television and film.
It’s just an instinct and a calling in me that’s grown fuller and more meaningful with time... so much so that the only way for it to go was an inevitable evolution into my making it a professional career!
What are you currently working on or towards?
Finishing my M.F.A. from The Actors Studio at Pace University.
Why grad school—and ASDS specifically?
I have this notion that in order for me to be the best, I have to first seek the best and prepare myself as much as possible.
The Actors Studio was my first and primary choice. Its curriculum, method approach to acting, rich history and the opportunity to join the roster of talent at The Actors Studio made it stand apart by far.
Who’ve been some of the mentors/teachers instrumental to your success?
At the studio? Andreas Manolakakis, Elizabeth Kemp, Craig Bacon, Susan Aston, Jaqueline Knapp and Corinna May.
This year I'm thankful for the combined artistic&spiritual guidance of Ms. Jacqueline Knapp! Looking back, 2016 came with many unexpected twists and turns. However, as I look forward and continue to learn more about feeding my instrument, I find the chakra work she's instilled within me truly coming to full fruition and great benefit in my day to day life. What was once admittedly very abstract is now finally an integral part of my everyday reality - and for that Im most thankful! #attitudeOFgratitude #thanksgiving #gradschool
Not at the studio? Timothy X. Troy, Eilene Hoft-March, Brian Pertl, John Dreher and Cathal Quinn.
What's your favorite place in New York? Why?
The suburbs in the south of Queens. Extremely spacious living, very diverse, amazing Caribbean food on every corner.
If you could offer advice to your younger self (and/or young aspiring artists), what would it be?
Pace yourself. Enjoy the journey. It gets long and it gets really difficult at times. Take care of yourself.
This is a lifestyle, not just a career.
Have fun always, and don't overload.
What's your favorite quote?
What do you love about the digital age we live in?
How easy it is to learn about others!
What do you hate about the digital age we live in?
How we’re expected to have a daily online social media presence or we jeopardize our perception to others (as though we don’t have a billion other more important things to get done throughout the day).
What do you think makes a great website?
It’s enjoyable and you’re genuinely interested/curious to know the person you’re seeing on the website.
Why did you choose to work with me?
You came to The Actors Studio and you brought you’re A+ game. I felt I would be in damn good hands if I were to collaborate with you. I was right!
This year I'm super thankful for NY's very own Tony Howell taking me on as his client and collaborating on mastering the foundations and development of my artistic brand and website. We're Live! Stay tuned for our full launch scheduled in January 2017! Till then check out the website🙏🏽. @tonyhowell #attitudeOFgratitude #thanksgiving #actorslife #gradschool
How would you describe the process/experience?
There was no point during this process when my excitement left me! You were very transparent, helpful, and accommodating. I felt like I could be myself, express my desires openly, and that you as the creator continuously did your utmost to give me your best service.
What responses or results have you received?
“Great Website!!” is generally the response.
Any last bit of advice (or perhaps an invitation) you’d like to share?
You offer an unparalleled service my good friend... and it shows in your work ethic. Take great pride in the fact that you help great artists become even better artists and feel more secure in their work and professional aesthetic. It’s been a joy and a blessing working with you, and I look forward continuing our relationship as I grow and evolve throughout my career.
Tony Howell is a digital strategist dedicated to helping you design your future—creating offline success from your online presence.