A Hollywood star, Kim Coates, who you might recognize from the popular TV show Sons of Anarchy shared the secret of his success with a host of hopeful actors and people who work in the film industry.
The actor took part in a Q&A event at the BNA Brewing Tasting Room in Kelowna, where he was interviewed by Kelowna actor, director and acting coach Carly Fawcett. He spoke about his theater career at the University of Saskatchewan and his transition to television, film and Broadway.
“I took it seriously, I took the game seriously, I took the lessons seriously,” Coates said. “It starts with the lessons.”
The Canadian actor was born in Saskatchewan and now lives in Los Angeles. However, he calls himself a frequent visitor to the Okanagan and says the Kelowna film industry is heating up.
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“I think people are really starting to discover that here in Kelowna, they write better stuff, they film better stuff. [and] they produce better things,” Coates said.
“There is no better time to [start acting] right now because things are starting to explode.
The Okanagan film industry has grown steadily over the years, bringing millions of dollars to the valley through television pilots, movies of the week, and big budget movies.
Fawcett wants to see more Okanagan talent working on future projects, so she started Born To Act Studios to make sure local actors are ready to step into the spotlight.
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“Actors can come in once a month and really learn their craft,” Fawcett said, “and really learn what it’s like to stand up for yourself and get into an industry that’s here now.
“And it will only grow and not only that, but to know that they have talent and that they are worth it.”
Ticket sales from the event go towards scholarships to Fawcett’s Theater School for new actors ready to hone their craft.
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