Your acting career started in 2007, but your first really significant roles came four years later when you played in "Lemonade Mouth" and "Soul Surfer". When and how did you find out that you want to become an actor?
Honestly I sort of fell into it. My brother and sister were both in an improv class and I would drop them off on the way to hockey practice and then pick them up after. One day I didn't have practice and got invited to join in on a class and ended up having a great time, I started pursuing acting from there.
In "Lemonade Mouth" you played a role of Ray Beech from Lemonade Mouth's rival band Mudslide Crush, who was a sort of a bad guy. Did you enjoy playing a role of a villain?
I do enjoy playing the "villain". I feel I have an easier time playing a character that is a bit removed from my personal temperance. It allows me to explore and have a bit more fun/freedom in the moment.
When you "grew up" from being a Disney actor, you became Lucas Parker from "The Vampire Diaries", one of the most popular American TV series. Had you already been a fan of "The Vampire Diaries" before you became a part of this project? What is your favorite memory from set?
I had watched a few episodes of "The Vampire Diaries" but once I started auditioning for the show I decided to watch it regularly. I could see myself on the show and sure enough within the year I was. I would have to say my favorite part of my experience there was making good friends and gaining a lot of loving fans. They show so much love and are always encouraging so I try my best to give it back when I meet any in person.
Playing in "Lemonade Mouth" started your adventure with music, which you still continue - in 2015 you released your EP "Life" and this year you released a new single called "Hustle". Your songs can be labelled as acoustic pop rock. How can you describe your main musical influences in lyrics and sound?
Its hard to define but I would say that hip hop, reggae and singer songwriter artists always catch my ear. I love interesting melodies. As far as lyrical influences, it could be anything. Certain things people say or how the cadence of a sentence sounds in my head. I observe everything and turn it into a lyric or melody in my brain. One of my lyrics describes it best. It says, "my thoughts turn into melodies and rhymes in the hip hop, bluesy, pop filter in my mind".
You spend a lot of time making music and acting, but I guess you manage to have some time to rest. What are your favorite ways of spending free time?
It ranges from doing absolutely nothing with my lady and/or family to going backpacking out into the wilderness for a couple days to clear my mind and get grounded. I'm either working at 100mph or 0mph haha.
I hope there are more new songs on the way and maybe a full-length album as well. There is also a movie with you called "Baja" coming next year. Can you tell us something more about your plans for the foreseeable future?
Of course! I'm working on a few new singles/music videos that will be released later this year that I'm very excited for people to hear. I'll also be screening "Baja" next month, which I'm looking forward to, and that should be out late this year/early next year.
Thank you for the interview.
Thank you for the interest my friend!
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