David Zimmerman, originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, is a wonderful and experienced actor with an enthusiasm that is contagious. He acts, produces, casts and directs. He has a versatility that translates with only a slight shift of breath from serious, to comedy, to musical theater. After many San Francisco productions, one of which was a comedy murder mystery that saw him switching back and forth between two roles, a nerdy campaign advisor and flaming bartender, he went to LA to be in movies, commercials and short films.
Because David has been endowed with two other powerful qualities, love and generosity, here is where, as they say, the plot thickens. He was waiting tables at the Burbank Bobby McGees, in costume of course, when a friend invited him to attend one of her acting classes, where he found, on opening the door, 30 Down Syndrome students. David was hooked, and stayed 10 years to teach, and then off he went to the Media Access Office with classes for over 900 students, where he began teaching this extraordinarily varied group. Many of these students, with autism, Down Syndrome, cerebral palsy, paralysis, hearing and visual limitations, are working actors (or on their way) being taught by well-known actors. Then Meet The Biz. He teaches, he learns, and he says when he is scared, he goes to “Push Girls” Angela Rockwood, a healer and his “sister from another mother.”
Everyone is welcome in David’s class and his life. He says, “We all have issues. We all have different abilities. The classes are about coming together and learning.” David’s journey is a powerful reminder of what we share and how to magnify talent. He talks about his philosophy, his students, and briefly about his own life threatening moment that he conquered.
His next project, because there always is one, is My Next Breath. Fascinating as it relates to acting and knowing what you want to do in life as every breath is its own moment. David’s own out-of-the-blue and life-threatening heart attack slowed him down a notch, but looking back at it with this moment’s breath, he is so thankful for being here and being able to create more positive things in this world. David is permission to know, with every breath you take, what you want and to be who you want to be.
“Acceptance” is one of his favorite words. You can hear the joy and his capacity for intimacy in the very sound of his voice, a voice that welcomes others not just into his sphere but into a trustable friendship. His love letter? Unusual, gripping and filled with gratitude. Where would he mail it? That discussion, so worth hearing, is one more of David’s creative breaths.
From me to you with love in the air,
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