Originally from the beautiful mountains of Utah, actor Bill Houskeeper decided to follow his heart and relocate to Hollywood to pursue an acting career. Unlike many other actors and entertainers trying to make a name for themselves in entertainment that have a manager to assist them, Bill has done the majority of seeking out the work and auditions himself.
Although surrounded by some great mentors in the business that have still helped to guide his career, Bill has remained true to himself and very focused at becoming successful. He has so far, featured in quite a few films since arriving in LA and also has some exciting projects coming up. Examiner’s Amber Claire recently caught up with him and this is what he had to say:
Amber Claire: Hi Bill, first of all, why don’t you give us a little introduction as to who you are and how you first got into the world of acting?
Bill Houskeeper: I’m an actor, who has been living in Los Angeles for a few years now and in that amount of time, I have had the privilege of working and training with some of the best in the entertainment business including the leading role in a BAFTA nominated director’s film (Rob Walker) and training under Jeff Goldblum at Playhouse West.
The reason I got into acting is a very personal one for me. I was not drawn into acting for fortune and fame, but instead it was to help my family and one day retiring my father from the coal mine that he worked at.
AC: Who inspired you growing up?
BH: I have always been inspired by people who work hard and have a respect and passion for the work that they do. The type of people who have the same respect for the projects and shows that they are working on like I do.
AC: What were your favorite movies to watch when you were growing up?
BH: As cliche as it may be, I have always been drawn to films that had compelling characters. Stories that sparked the imagination.
AC: What prompted you to come to Hollywood? Did you have an agent that was able to secure work for you or did you do this all yourself?
BH: Oddly enough, my plan was never to come to LA. My plan was to move to New York, but after a random conversation with an old college friend, he told me that he was now living in LA and that there was a room in the house that he was living in that would be available the next week. I hung up the phone and a week later, was driving across the country to LA.
AC: What have you learned the most about being an actor in Hollywood?
BH: There are some very nice people in the industry who want to see you succeed and that will support you. I try to surround myself with these kinds of people.
AC: What would you say has been one of the biggest achievements of your career so far?
BH: Being fortunate to be able to have open communication with a small handful of the industry elite. They have been kind enough to take me under their wings and guide me in the right direction with my career.
AC: Who would you most like to work with if you had a choice and why?
BH: This is a long list. I’m just happy to be working as much as I can, with anyone that I can.
AC: What projects do you have coming up?
BH: I have just been cast in ‘The Mob’: A Woman’s Revenge in the role of Jack Palmero. This is my 16th SAG film in under 2 years. Secondly, I have an interview up on CNN’s website, which also is pretty impressive.
AC: What is your best piece of advice to aspiring actors wanting to make it in Hollywood?
BH: Don’t get discouraged when things are looking down. Remember every actor, no matter how famous they are now, have also had their shares of struggles before they made it to the A-List status. Keep working hard, and do what you can to get your name out there as much as possible.