Scotland has produced some incredible talent in the entertainment industry, over the years. We recently caught up with the very talented Cameron Anderson. Here is what he had to say:
How and when did you first get into performing?
When I was about five or six my mum took me to the local speech and drama class. My first role was as a town crier. They gave me a bell to ring and a three pronged hat, I was hooked, after that.
Who were some of your biggest inspirations?
Growing up I was madly into comedy. Stand up, sketches, sit-coms, the whole works. I remember watching what joy it brought to the people who watched it and I thought that if I could do that for a job, I'd be set for life. Billy Connolly (a Scottish stand-up and actor) was and is a huge hero of mine, he can make me laugh in top gear, the kind of laugh that hurts a little bit. In terms of actors, I was a child of the eighties so anyone in The A-Team or Airwolf. I loved those shows.
What kind have training have you done?
I took drama all throughout high school but in terms of more classical training, after university, I studied at the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts (ALRA) in London. At the time, there was only six or seven drama schools accredited by the National Council for Drama Training, so to be accepted into one of them in my first year of auditioning, was a huge deal for me. I had a fantastic time there, learned so much and met some wonderfully talented people. It really opened my eyes as an actor and as a person.
What has been your favorite role to play so far?
Difficult to choose as I've been lucky enough to play some brilliant characters. If I had to choose, then it would be Jonathan Bridge in Coulda Woulda Shoulda. The character was so much fun and he doesn't really have an inner monologue or a filter for what he's saying. It just comes out and it makes him real, truthful, funny and obnoxious all at the same time.
What projects do you have coming up?
I'm currently in rehearsals for an independent feature which is a dark comedy about three friends who find themselves in possession of a dead body after their neighbor asks them to house sit for him. The neighbor turns out to be a professional hitman and so the boys end up going on the run after a rival hitman thinks they stole his job. The script is great and I'm looking forward to getting started as its gonna be a lot of fun.
Who would be your ideal co-star and why?
If I could pick anyone to be on screen with, then I'd have to say Robert Duvall. His empathy of the character, his screen presence and his overall delivery would be a joy to watch first hand. To be able to act alongside him would be a dream come true.
What are your plans for the future?
It's very difficult to plan anything in this industry but I'd love to carry on just being involved with projects that intrigue me and working with people who inspire me. One of the joys of being an actor is getting to work with and meet so many cool, talented people, it's genuinely one of the reasons why I love my job.
What is your advice to aspiring performers?
Keep the faith in yourself, have a thick skin and an open mind. And get yourself some good mates, you'll need them through the good times and the bad.