On Getting the Role in Vault
How did you land your part in this newest film, Vault? You are in the trailer.. pretty cool! Tell me about the part.
Equalizer 2, Vault, and Dana’s film (A Case of Blue).I was cast in Vault by Boston Casting in the Boston area. I’ve worked in film/video sporadically for most of my career choosing to focus on stage work. But early in my career I did numerous industrials, commercials, voice overs, and trade shows to augment my income. As I’ve become more “mature” I’ve had a little more success cracking into feature films, having done three over the past two years:
Acting with Theo Rossi and Clive Standen
Who did you get to act with in some of your scenes?
See Ken in the Trailer for #Vault:
On Broadway and Brandeis
Tell me something about your journey in the crazy world of show biz.
I spent 7 years in NYC (studying with Herbert Berghof and Uta Hagen among others, and doing a lot of off-off Broadway and showcases) before getting a masters degree in directing at Brandeis—I had a bug to teach acting as well as perform—and taught in various college theatre programs for a total of twenty-five years while continuing to perform and direct theatrical productions. I’ve also transferred acting skills to teach presentation/public speaking skills to business and professional people during my career. So it’s been a very full and purposeful life.
I have performed in over a hundred plays over the years, mostly on Boston area stages, and recently receive an Elliot Norton Award (Boston Theatre Critics Associatio) for Outstanding Performance in a play entitled My Station in Life, that performed at the Gloucester Stage Company last fall.
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Acting as a Path to Greater Meaning
What is the best piece of acting advice you can give to a young actor?
The wearing of the character’s mask is a release for me, a way of removing the persona that somehow I’ve taken on through genetics and conditioning which is kind of a trap, and to discover and express so much more that lives inside. Acting a character feels a lot like confessing to me: to let go of defenses, become compassionate, and stand up for something that’s real and to which attention must be paid. So acting has been a calling for me throughout my life and I’ve rarely ventured beyond the field in my professional life.
About The New Film A Case of Blue
Tell me what A Case of Blue is about. I understand it is your nephew, Dana Glazer that wrote it.
I married in my mid thirties (to Marjorie Glazer, Dana’s aunt) and have remained so ever since. We have one daughter, Dara, who is an administrator in social services.
Tell me about your character, Kenny in A Case of Blue.
Since you are a NYC guy, favorite memory or restaurant in NYC you can share with us? AnyTell me a memory of
Ken Baltin: My favorite restaurant in NYC, which closed many years ago (I haven’t lived there since the early 80’s) was Ratner’s down on lower Second Avenue. I spent may evenings being berated by the old Jewish waiters and waiting for my big break.
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