If you don't recognize the name "Ricky Sykes," you will in a few years. Ricky is a young actor, who is passionate about his career in entertainment. He is continually working to make his acting career a huge success, and it appears he is going about it in all the right ways.Recently I had the opportunity to interview Ricky about his profession and talk to him about his goals in life. Here is that interview.
Hello Ricky, I appreciate you taking the time to do this interview. I know you have been very busy.
Ex: Tell the readers a little about your background, and what got you interested in acting.
Ricky: Well I grew up in Memphis, Tennessee. I was different from your average guy. Instead of being outside most of the time and playing sports, I spent most of my time watching TV and playing video games. As I watched TV, I imitated and repeated what I watched and over time I realized that I wanted to be what I saw on TV. An actor. So I decided to pursue it.
EX: Tell us about some of the things you have been involved in acting and other entertainment.
Ricky: I've been involved in acting since high school. I've done 2 plays in high school and competed in drama competitions. When I got to college, I did 2 plays during my freshman year. After that I did a few short films, a feature, commercials, and a few music videos. I realized at the time that I was doing better than I thought. My last big project was "A Raisin In The Sun" at the University of TN/Knoxville featuring actress Lonette McKee. Also I just finished a short film with Skyshot Productions for the Knoxville Film Festival.
EX: What are you doing now to hone your skills for other acting jobs? Are you taking any acting classes, ect..?
Ricky: To hone my skills as an actor, I'm currently in my last semester at UT working in a few acting classes that'll work on my body and voice. I expect to graduate in December of 2013, after which I'll pursue strengthening my career in Orlando, FL.
EX: That's great Rick, and what does your family think about your involvement in acting?
Ricky: My family wishes the best in me in whatever I pursue. They find it weird that I went after a career in theatre, but they seem amazed at the work that I've done. At first, my father wished that I'd be a regular boy that was interested in sports, but he's proud of the work that I've accomplished over the years and he wishes for me to go further.
EX: Are there any actors that have influenced you, and maybe your style?
Ricky: I'm not really sure who influenced me. When I was young, I just watched multiple movies and tv shows and imitated what I saw. Then over time, my family saw what I was doing and just kept saying that I should be in TV or something. I took those words to heart and decided that it was what I liked and I wanted to pursue it.
EX: Who do you think are the best actors that are still in the business today?
Ricky: The best actor in the business today is Samuel L. Jackson. I say this because he doesn't just play one role, he will play all kinds of roles. From the bad guy to the good guy to the hero to the villain to the jedi. Wow, He is truly the hardest working man in show business. My favorite actress is in fact Halle Berry. The first African American woman to win Best Actress at the Oscars and that takes a lot of talent to win that award, especially as a woman of color in our society.
EX: If you could go back in time, what would you do differently?
Ricky: If I could go back in time, I would take the knowledge that I know now and use it then. Over the years, I've learned lots of skills that'll perfect my acting skills and I could've used them back then. Also, when I was in high school, I knew of a school, that was not too far from my school. It was a known for its performing arts. I could've gone to that school or asked for a transfer, but I didn't want to leave my friends at my current school.
EX: I know what you mean. If I had my life to do over, I would have concentrated on acting and writing at a younger age. In closing, what advice would you give a young person who is interested in getting into acting?
Ricky: If you are interested in acting or the performing arts, I say, "go for it!" It's hard, it's challenging, but it's worth it because it's something you love. Don't ever let anyone tell you otherwise. If you have a goal in the performing arts that you want to go for, you go for it regardless of what anybody else says. This is your life, not theirs.
Ricky it has been a pleasure interviewing you and getting your perspective on acting and talking about your goals. I hope we have another interview in a few years where we can reflect on your achievement of those goals. In the meantime, "Keep On Keeping On!
To view a demo reel of Rick's skills, click on the following link, "Ricky Sykes - Demo Reel."