Entertainment Spotlight : Actor Steve Raymond

When did you know you wanted to be an actor?

I’ve been on the stage since I was 8. Growing up, I was never known for being particularly athletic, and I was always known as the “weird kid.” So theatre seemed like the correct route for me, because it allowed me to express my individuality. I really started to consider it professionally when I became a sophomore in college. After spending 3 years at Montclair State University, it was clear that acting was my thing.
What do you want visitors and locals to know about acting that they may not already know?
Stage acting requires a lot of rest and preparation. Especially when performing in a physically draining show. When I was touring with The Book of Mormon, I would spend about an hour preparing myself before each performance; not only for the intense dancing and singing, but to make sure that I was focused and present with the scenes.
How has the industry evolved over the years?
Well, I’ve only been “in the industry” for about 3 years, so I’m probably not the expert on this subject. However, I can say that in light of recent political events, the entertainment business is booming. Many people are looking for a source of escapism, and what better form than an evening at a Broadway theatre? So in that sense, I’m really looking forward to the future of my industry.
What’s the craziest thing to happen on set?
At the beginning of Act 2 of The Book of Mormon, there is a pageant-like portrayal of the ancient Nephites and Lamanates battling, both depicted in the actual Book of Mormon. During the reenactment, there is a voiceover, in which we’re supposed to mouth the words spoken by Trey Parker. However, for one performance, there was a technical difficulty, and the orchestra played over absolute silence, as we all stood there, acting out the scene with no narration. Suffice it to say, it was one of the most awkward 40 seconds of my life. I felt like a deer in the headlights. But man, we live for those moments onstage. I can’t tell you how hard we were laughing backstage afterwards.
What’s next for you?
Really don’t know, to be honest. In this business, you could be waiting tables/walking dogs one day, and then get a call out of nowhere offering you a giant gig. So I’m just hoping that call comes soon.
What social media do you use?
I use Instagram (stevetheactor), Twitter (stevetheactor) and Faceboook (facebook.com/stevecraymondactor)
Describe acting in 5 words or less
I’ll do you one better, I’ll answer it in one word: Pretending. It really is that simple.

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