EP 22: Juilliard, Dennis Leary & Everything Between, Actor Kevin Daniels

Kevin Daniels is a big man who grew up in Texas where HS Football is HUGE.  But he decided after one season as a youngster that the stage and screen is where he wanted to be.  He found success early with a paying gig in Dallas as a teenager.  And got into the incredibly prestigious Julliard School in NYC because he was "too ignorant to realize he should be nervous" for the audition.  His first gig out of school was at Lincoln Center with Helen Hunt and Kyra Sedgwick.  When I met him he was one of the leads on Dennis Leary's "Sirens", but that went away unexpectedly after two seasons causing him to hit the inevitable wall that all actors run into at one point or another in a long career.  But through it all, he leads with unshakeable faith and an infectious laugh that lets himself, and everyone around him, know that good times are on their way.  Our conversation includes...

 

How one relative's stories of travel and art turned Kevin on to Acting.

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Why, when you're "big and black" in Texas, everyone looks at you like you're nuts if you don't play football.

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How Helen Hunt's generosity and understanding of the Actor's plight got Kevin his first TV gig on "Mad About You".

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Working with Harrison Ford.

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The camaraderie of the cast of "Sirens" and how Dennis Leary and Bob Fisher ("Wedding Crashers") created the perfect work environment.

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The role of faith in fighting the demons of unemployment as an Actor.

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