A few months ago I wrote an article about the very multitalented actress-comedienne, Syd Wilder. I was quite impressed with Syd's determination and drive as she headed straight to Hollywood to focus on her career in the entertainment field after graduating early from high school in her hometown of Atlanta,Georgia.
Syd's natural talent was primed as she trained at the acclaimed American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and she's been "blazing" her trail ever since, earning film and television credits, along with making appearances in comedy venues in Los Angeles.
I was delighted to get an opportunity to ask Syd some questions, and find out more about this bright, witty, and versatile performer.
Here is my interview with Syd Wilder:
1.VICKI: What was your first venture into the entertainment field and did that inspire you to continue your pursuit as a performer?
SYD: I started out modeling at 13 and grew tired of it by 14 and then I wanted to write songs and become a country singer. I almost moved to Nashville because I was offered a record contract at a smaller label and my mom declined because it was a 5 year contract and thought I was too young. I sang in church most of my life and can sing a bit but I'm more of a dancer. Looking back at that now I laugh hysterically… To think if I ever made it as a country singer… That just sounds like a bad but funny sketch to me. My music manager at the time request I take acting classes for stage presence and after one class I got "THE BUG."
2.VICKI: That's quite a story!! You've really had so many interesting experiences, Syd...
Movement, grace, and agility are essential when performing on any level. With your training in dance, modeling, and cheerleading, how have these skills have helped you, and possibly given you a bit of an edge when auditioning for acting, film rolls, and even stand up work?
SYD: Very good question.:) I've had many roles where they ask me if I can dance. Which I've had training in many different forms so for instance in one play I actually got to choreograph the Tango dance number which was a lot of fun. I also shocking am asked to play strippers a lot which comes in handy because I have a pole in my room. In stand up and comedy dancing really helps my physical comedy which to me is the funniest. I've always admired Buster Keaton. Twerking is also a bit of a craze now and I'm very skilled at that as well!!! I even taught Senior Citizens how to do it on YouTube.
3.VICKI: Syd, you are so multi-talented! I believe you could bring a smile to anyone's face, and I give your Senior Citizen Twerking video a 5-star review ;-D
So, when did you realize Comedy was your calling?
SYD: I get asked this question a lot… I don't have a specific date in time that was my Oprah "Ah ha" moment. I was the fat kid who was obsessed with women's basketball and I had ugly braces. (My older sister was head cheer leader and prom queen.) I learned at a young age I needed to develop a skill to stand out from her shadow… Making people laugh came natural to
4.VICKI: That is so awesome! Humor is a wonderful gift and look how well it has served you in your career..... How was the move from your hometown in Atlanta, Georgia to Los Angeles a turning point in the direction of your career?
SYD: Well, it was like a CANDY LAND of opportunity for me but when I moved I was only 16. So, I could only study until I turned 18 which was great because LA has much better acting schools than ATL. Once I hit 18 I booked the first student film I auditioned for then I started booking more and more legitimate roles. Then I met agents, changed agents, met managers and changed managers. In the beginning I didn't know what direction I wanted my career to go and now I know exactly what I want and where I want my career to go. I have a great team of people helping me make that a reality and I'm not going to lie it took me forever to find them. I'm not one of those fresh off the farm and she struck gold stories. Which I love and hate in a way… I definitely appreciate every opportunity and never take anything or one for granted because I know how hard you have to work to get there.
5.VICKI: Wow Syd, your determination and focus really paid off! You have overcome challenges, found your direction and can now continue to keep moving forward. Your positive outlook is very commendable.... How has your schooling and coaches helped to fine tune your performance?
SYD: Funny question… my ex boyfriend is actually my favorite acting coach. I've studied with so many different types of coaches for everything you can imagine Alexander Technique, Voice and Speech, Dance, Improv and all different forms of "The Method." I've taken what works for me and what I've experienced in life and draw from there. Finding whatever works for you is the KEY to mastering your performance.
6. VICKI: You are right on target, and that's really exceptional advice, Syd!!
So right now, what direction are you focusing on regarding your career ?
SYD: At this time I'm focusing on becoming better each and every day at my craft. (My ultimate goal is to have my own sitcom and if for some odd reason that doesn't happen being in one of Chuck Lorre's sitcom's for 10 plus years would be a dream.)
VICKI: What an admirable positive attitude! I certainly can envision a sitcom for you in the future! Thank you so much for your time, and Syd.... Next time I'm in Los Angeles, I look forward to seeing you perform in person! Wishing you ongoing success and all the best !!!
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(Thanks to Lauren at ddPR, and much gratitude to Sid Wilder for taking the time for this interview.)