What made you decide to go into acting?
I never wanted to be an actor when I was younger. I was into music in high school and one of my aunts was a talent manager. A director (Mitch Marcus) saw my band [rap duo “The Whooliganz”]while on the [1993 Soul Assassins Tour] with Cypress Hill, got in touch with her and asked if I was interested in auditioning for his movie. At first I wasn’t but then I read the script and thought this could be interesting; first script I ever read. I was 17 and wound up getting the part. When I got on the set I immediately knew this is what I wanted to do. I didn’t know if I wanted to be a writer, director, grip or an actor; I just knew I was in the right company, a group of people who didn’t want to go to school yet collectively make something awesome.
Why study at Playhouse West?
I was always taught as a kid: if you want to do something be the best at it, don’t just show up. It was also instilled in me from playing sports growing up and my old man always told me there is no reason to do something unless you are going to be really good at it. My mother was a member of the Playhouse West, so at that time, as far as studying, that was my only option. I am still a member over there. [More at Source]