News & Entertainment Magazine is thrilled to be able to talk
with one of Houston’s outstanding actors, Mr. Dave Maldonado. He
is doing what he loves to do and, so far, he is doing well in a
field that is highly competitive and in a part of the country that
is NOT “Hollywood”.
We first met
this actor at a fundraiser several years back when Director Travis
Ammons was raising funds, at Fitzgerald’s, for his comedy feature
movie, “The Great American Moon Rock Caper” in which Mr.
Maldonado had a speaking part. At the premiere and watching the
movie, we were impressed by the natural ease of which this actor was
performing in front of a camera. In our opinion, Dave did an
excellent job with his character. Ever since, we have been seeing
this actor in scores of independent movies, Television commercials,
Television shows (both on cable and network) and, if you check out
his IMDB page or acting resume, you will find that Mr. Maldonado’s
acting career is gaining credits by leaps and bounds.
Dave to answer a few questions for our publication, C47Hosuton News
& Entertainment Magazine. That issue was released and published
June 1st, 2015. Below are a few excerpts from that interview. We
encourage you to read the uncut version by ordering a copy of that
meantime, please enjoy some of Dave's insights:
Thank you Dave for answering a few questions for our readers. We
have been seeing you in a lot of TV commercials and shows and on the
silver screen. You are doing very well. Are you from the Houston
I’m originally from New Iberia, Louisiana. My wife and I moved to
the Houston area about 13 years ago because of a great job
opportunity for HER. Little did I know that Louisiana would become
one of the busiest film industries in the country in a few short
years! Houston has turned out to be a great place to pursue a career
for me. It is centrally located between all the places I travel on a
regular basis: Austin, Dallas, New Mexico, Atlanta and Louisiana.
How did you get into acting?
I got curious about performing at a pretty young age. It was in
elementary school when my fraternal twin brother convinced his
teacher to let me participate in yearly play. I really thrived in
that environment. I pursued acting as a hobby from then on and never
really thought of it as a career path. I was more into “art”. I
spent a lot of time with pencils and sketchbooks. Through high
and college, I took a lot of art classes and some acting classes.
However, I didn’t want to be a “starving artist”, even though,
I was pretty good at it. Over the years...
Why do you like to act?
For me, acting can be very therapeutic.
I can remember several times in my life when I was down, depressed,
or just in a shitty mood and the last thing I wanted to do was go to
rehearsal. But I had to. And when it was done, I always felt better.
I think we all go through.....
Do you think this is a trait with a lot of the actors?
It seems to me that most actors are “broken” in some way…
It can be tough to keep in your emotions, I do it all the time, but
then again, I am not an actor.
Certainly. Aside from the cathartic aspect, I also love to act
because of the effect I...
Do you have a particular style of acting that you practice?
That’s a tough one. I don’t really believe in one particular
style. I’ve studied Meisner, Stanislavski and Uta Hagen, just to
name a few. If you asked me what I learned from each, I probably
couldn’t tell you. Some of it made sense, some if it, well, I
thought was out dated and a waste of time.
Than what is your approach?
I think the craft of acting is mostly... the style you learned is
bullshit…then you’re screwed.
How do you build your character?
I build my character by learning as much as I can about him,
especially if it’s a real person. I learn my lines. I do my best
to convey the emotions and intentions in the scene from my
characters point view. Often you will hear phrases in acting classes
like: “what do you want in the scene?” or “What’s your
motivation?”. I never understood those questions or why they asked
them. The best thing you can do is just “read” the scene, figure
out what’s happening, and act “as if” you’re the guy in the
scene. It ain’t rocket science…unless, of course, you’re
playing a rocket scientist.
A lot of people, NOT associated with TV/Film, think that acting is
glamorous and cool, but WE know that, at times, it is a difficult
job and time consuming often with long hours on the set. How do you
Well, I guess if you’re a “STAR”, it is glamorous. I mean, you’re
making ridiculous money so you can buy glamorous things and go to
glamorous places and... The rest of us have to grind it out, work
our asses off and...
YOU actually have some experience with budgeted projects as opposed
to indie projects, as a professional, looking from the outside in,
what are a few major differences between the two that you have
One major difference between indie and bigger budget projects is the
amount of people working. On bigger budget sets, there are tons of
people everywhere and they all have a job. On indie sets those
On a personal level and with regard to your acting career, (and, we
think it’s going pretty nicely) do treat your profession in a
business way or is it a labour of Love, an art?
Personally, It has to be a bit of both. There has to be some balance
there. That being said, I suck at it. Managing money, making sure I’m
paid on time, demanding what I’m worth…none of that comes easy
to me. But...
When you first start off in acting, one generally performs for FREE
or for no payment. I guess that’s a matter of gaining experience
and filling up a resume. You are now getting auditions for budgeted
projects on a national level AND you have a family to take care of.
Are you NOW convinced that performing for gratis is something that
is in your past?
I don’t really work for free anymore. It would have to be a very
unique situation for a charity or something like that. I am
fortunate enough to have...If a project is paid that adds legitimacy
to the project. If a production is on the ball enough to find
investors and raise money for pre-production and casting…then I
have more faith...
What is your “secret” to getting a part? (Is it Luck, is it
being at the right place at the right time, is it your stunning good
looks, is it being prepared?) What is it, in your opinion?
All of the above, but mainly...
That gets you in the door.
Yes it does, but being prepared and putting myself in the right
place at the right time is also important. I think the most
important aspect is developing relationships. I’ve worked so hard
to build and maintain my professional relationships. I recently
booked a role in no small part because of an accent I was proficient
in (it was on my resume, and I had demo footage as proof). But, I
never would have gotten looked at if it hadn’t been for the
relationship with the casting director.
There is plenty more where that came from. Dave Maldonado was
our featured actor Interview in the May/June 2015 issue of
C47Houston News & Entertainment Magazine.
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check out his IMDB page at: www.imdb.com/name/nm1296223/
course, he is represented by Pastorini-Bosby at: http://tinyurl.com/kwtgt5b