2006 GHS grad and L.A. actor Tommy Proulx stopped in to see his former choir teacher, Mrs. Bridges, today (shown together here). He answered questions from students about his career in music, television production, modeling and acting. This triple threat also holds a bachelor's in saxophone jazz and a master's in recording.
His best advice for landing parts like his recent role in "CSI: Cyber" is to network with decision makers. Proulx says Tinseltown is uber competitive and everyone is talented, so it comes down to executives hiring you for your ability to work well with a cast and crew. He says that doing your best in an audition isn't good enough, because the other 99 people you're up against all put their heart and soul into the audition, too.
Proulx also says you can't line up work in L.A. from another state -- you have to live there. Agencies don't want to sign you unless you have a local address. He saved up six months worth of living expenses before moving there a couple years ago. Fortunately, he found a television production job within two weeks of his arrival.
Congrats on your success, Tommy! He most recently got a callback from MTV for a hosting job and will find out after break if he's in. Find out more about him at: http://www.tommyproulx.com/