Dean Roberts— Actor

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What is your creative mission?

Every once in a while I find myself inspired by a great performance that I never forget, Ray Winston in Nil By Mouth, Robert D’Niro in Raging Bull, Peter Mullan in Tyrannosaur to name just a few. I would one day like to give a unforgettable performance of my own.

What do you love about what you do?

I love it when the director calls action, as it’s then time to believe that this make believe situation is real and it gives me a chance to put into action everything I have learned and overcome to get there. It doesn’t really matter if it’s a big job or a small job, the feeling is always the same, it feels great.

What have you learned from your successes/ failures?

I’ve learned that the feeling of success should last a lot longer than the feeling of “failure”. Success is different for everyone and we achieve different levels of success on our journey to reach our ultimate goals. For me, my first success was reading a script allowed in front of a class full of strangers, I could barely see the words I was so nervous but I did it. Success for me is over coming fears and you can only achieve success by facing them. I do have moments where I feel like I could have done better in a scene or a casting but rather than look at it as a failure, I think of it more as a lesson and use it as fuel to get better.

How do you keep pushing ahead after a difficult challenge?

I try and stay positive focused and put things in perspective. A difficult time can be the period in between booking a job, so I use that time to try and keep improving as an actor. Staying proactive is very important as you never know when you’re going to get that next casting call, so you need to be ready.

Have you ever encountered resistance from family, friends, or the world in general? How did you overcome those kinds of blocks?

Your family and friends want what’s best for you, so yes I have had people pointing out the risks and worrying about the consequences. Normally they are worried about the finical risks as acting is not really a job you can rely on. For me a bigger risk is lying on my death bed and feeling regret that I never even tried. I would rather fail trying than never try.

How has your art and creativity healed you?

It hasn’t yet because I haven’t created my masterpiece.

What are your NFA Bullet points? What steps would you recommend for anyone who wants to kick some ass and get their creative dreams off the ground?

Just do it, don’t talk about it, don’t dream about it, just do it!! And don’t tell anyone that you’re planning to do something. Too many people get congratulated for something that they haven’t done yet and end up doing nothing other than living in the glory of that applause …..  SO JUST DO!!


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About the Author:

Jeff Leisawitz burns with a mission—to inspire writers, artists, musicians and random creative types to amp up their creativity, heal their hearts and shine in the world. Author. Award winning musician/ producer. Internationally distributed filmmaker. College prof. Photographer. Speaker. Consultant. Not F*ing Around—The No Bullsh*t Guide for Getting Your Creative Dreams Off the Ground is Jeff’s first book.

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