This video was inspired by a lot of misinformation from basically a lot of unqualified people talking about how to get started in an acting career; so I thought I would share my experience and knowledge as a professional actor for 30 years and try to help as best I can.
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This vlog is my belated introduction to me, Tom O'Rourke, actor for thirty years, including a brief history of my acting career from Justin Marler on "The Guiding Light" to "Working Girl" in LA. My plan is for boldrascal vlog to be a series of entertaining stories of funny and amusing experiences I've had over the years of my varied and colorful life. I expect to do at least a story per week. Looking forward to your feedback
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This is for all the Justin Marler fans out there, a little memory of a soap opera character they enjoyed. And believe it or not, they're still Justin fans out there, almost 30 years later. Tom was alwaysl being recognized and remembered for playing Justin, as well as for his work on Law & Order. Lots of college kids were GL fans and remembered Justin when they got older. And if you were an Alan Spaulding/Chris Berneau fan, nice scene with Chris at the end. This was a presentation tape of Tom's work on The Guiding Light that we made in the days when getting videos made of your TV work was almost impossible. It was done on a professional format, and I haven't seen it since it was completed in 1983. It's interesting to remember that when this show as popular the actual audience numbers were around 20 to 30 millions of people a day, five days a weeek. Almost no TV shows, even nighttime shows, today get those audience numbers anymore.
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This scene is the opening moments of the Patty Hearst trial from the movie, Patty Hearst Her Own Story, directed by Paul Schrader starring Natasha Richardson. 1988
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This was Tom's California coup, a postal jeep converted to hot rod by a real California Gear Head. It had a 327 Chevy Engine, Corvette distributor, Engle racing Cams, TRW pistons and rings, Offenhauser head, 350 Chevy Turbo distributor, Eagle Headers, and Oversize Dune buggy Tires. Listen to that throaty engine rumble. Driving the jeep was definitely a great California experience.
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An actor's stories of the funny and sometimes thrilling things that happen onstage. A joke, a story about Barney Martin, who played Jerry Seinfeld's father on SEINFELD, and lastly one about Hollywood legend, Donald O'Connor, and a rainstorm, and the magic of show business.
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TV commercials from the old raw live days to shouting Billy May and Australian Macho.
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Tom's wry comments on his Fifties childhood during WWII, child of a whirlwind wartime romance between two very young parents. Tom grew up to be an actor on The Guiding Light, Law & Order, and in movies, 'Maid in Manhattan', 'United 93', and 'American Gangster', etc.
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The joys of flying Aer Lingus followed by a political awakening in Venice.
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