Michael Worth received rave reviews for his movie Gods Ears, which he wrote directed and starred in and since then he has appeared in Desperate Housewives and CSI: NY, as well as making many more movies of his own. Michael was still just a young man when he left his family, to chase his dream of making it in Hollywood.
However it was not all plane sailing for the aspiring actor/writer/producer/director. Michael had to live out of the back of his truck for five months when he arrived in L.A. But that was part of the fun for him, “People would call from back home and say "where you living"? And I'd get to say "one block from the beach" or "Beverly Hills". I could make it sound impressive,” he explained during a recent Q&A with FansShare.
FS: Where was your truck parked at night? (was it a safe area?)
MW: Well, I would find the prime areas for parking. Where I knew the sun wasn't going to be popping in the window at 6 or too many cars driving by, etc. But most of the areas were safe. Though one night in Santa Monica, a guy just opened up the back of my truck, probably to see what was inside and found me and my dog staring him right in the face.
FS: What sort of jobs did you take on to earn money?
MW: I stayed away from the waiter but did a multitude of other things from insulating attics to training self defense to being Bruce Willis hand double. I tried to keep the jobs flexible so I could take auditions. I used to work as a courier too and would many times go to casting offices and slip my own photos in. Pretty funny.
FS: Did you ever think about giving up?
MW: I remember once, maybe a few years after getting here and really realizing the amount of rejection and chances of ever being successful here, I gave the alternatives some thought. But ultimately I realized that trying and failing to get to my goal was better than walking away all together. In time, I corrected my thinking and just opened up my options by studying editing and actually taking my writing with the same seriousness I did my acting. Ultimately that lead me to a more successful game plan. The alternative was never a better choice. If you have a family or some over bearing responsibility, maybe spending your life as a nomadic artist is not the smartest idea but even then, one should always stay connected to what their passions are and find some way to express it.
FS: What did your family think about you chasing your dream?
MW: If there was one place I was never made to feel I was being too idealistic or bad about my career choice it was my family. Ever since I can literally remember, My mother Gail has supported my choice. I started making films, not just shooting the pet dog with the video camera, but making scripted films since the age of 11. My mother bought my cameras, my film and whatever else I needed at the time to get me through the projects and that continued up through helping me afford acting classes in LA to even investing some money in my first produced screenplay, Ghost Rock. She has always been there, chasing them with me.
Michael continued by urging those chasing their dreams to never give up and if you ever get knocked back, always come back fighting. He said, "One of the toughest things one can do in the business is to accept and realize that failure, is just part of learning and part of success. We as artists can be sensitive by our nature and not absorbing those blows can be difficult but like a fighter, you are going to get hit. And you know what makes you the better fighter is getting back up and finishing the fight"
Worth continued, "Have your goals but make sure they are both long term and short term, because if you only have the longer goals you won't feel the small successes along the way. For example, when I started out, I had certain long term goals like making a living through the craft of acting, but I also had the short term ones, for instance, I just wanted to get a role that if you cut me out you noticed something was missing from the film. I'm serious. "
Michael Worth completed the Q&A by giving advice to other aspiring Hollywood wannabes, “I believe once you decide this is for you, whatever it is in the business, just put yourself into it 100%. That doesn't mean at the cost of the rest of your life, since it is that "life" that colors and inspires your art.” He concluded, “No matter if it's set design or cinematography or acting, your tenacity will certainly trump your talent as the key ingredient in making your goals come true.”
Worth's most recent effort as Director is a WWII epic called Fort McCoy. The film stars Eric Stoltz, Lyndsy Fonseca and Camryn Manheim and has been picking up top honors at The Hollywood Film Festival, The Cannes Independent Film Festival and Stony Brook Film Festival so far.