We all must face our fears if we want to succeed. Actor Kelvin Page has done that and more. Page has felt the fear and plunged into show business anyway—tackling his fear of film acting, then theater. Page stopped by to tell DC Actors Examiner how he did that, and what he’s working on now.
Q – How did you get into acting?
A – It’s actually a pretty funny story. I’ve always wanted to be an actor, since I saw Trespass, starring Ice Cube, Ice T and Bill Paxton. But I felt I was too shy to even think about being in front of a camera. About 2008, I felt I was ready. So I started submitting for acting classes.
One in particular was hosted by Jimmy Traynor. The funny part, was that I would sign up. And a week before class, I would get scared, and cancel. After a few times of doing this, Jimmy e-mailed me, stating that, he noticed I kept canceling. So he offered me, a one-on-one session, and small part in his film. I’ve been acting ever since.
Q – What roles have you done lately?
A – Recently, I have played two, very crucial characters in my career. I’ve played the role of Jason Scott/Red Ranger, in the Power Ranger fan film Teenagers with Attitude. This happens to be my favorite character, I’ve had the honor to play, thus far. I grew up a huge Power Ranger fan.
And just being able to play a superhero is a victory in itself. The second character, was Hades, in a stage play, titled The Labyrinth. While this was my first time playing a villain, it was also my first attempt at theater. Which was a huge accomplishment, for me.
Q – What sort of roles do you seek out?
A – I love roles, that challenge me as an actor. I love characters when I have to research, or practice, certain techniques, to make the character my own.
Q – I see you said, that The Labyrinth, was your first attempt at theater. Why did you decide to try theater and what did you learn from the experience?
A – I was always terrified, to do theater. I was always so comfortable, with film, because you had numerous takes to make it work. But a few of my friends, and Ving Rhames said, that if you want to be better, the stage is the way to go. So I took a leap of faith, and I can honestly say, I loved every minute of it.
The feeling when the crowd reacts to your lines, is one of the best feelings imaginable. It definitely, sharpened my senses. It also taught me about certain freedoms that I have as an actor.
Q – Where do you see this all going for you? What is in the future?
A – I don’t really look too far in the future. I just take it one day at a time. I’m just hoping, that one day, I will be able to change the world, using my stardom. I love what Paul Walker, Leonardo DiCaprio, and others are doing, to give back to the world.
Q – Any last words?
A – I just want to thank you Will, for the opportunity. Thanks to all my supporters. I hate saying fans. But you all have been behind me and pushed me, from the very beginning. I am nothing without you all. Kapri, daddy loves you. And Teenagers With Attitude 2, is coming soon.
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