Here’s a little of our chat together.. when did you first start acting? age 10
SZ :: I understand that your family got you involved into entertainment industry via their existing involvement. What can you tell me about their role in your break into entertainment?
RT :: I was already involved in acting, which got my mother more involved in a film society called the dreamers.
I was home schooled after grade 6. I was so thankful to get out of normal school, which I always hated. On the walk home after my final year in school, my sister and got in a fight and she knocked all of my papers out of my hand and then some angry man made me pick them all up. I knew I was never going back.
SZ :: When did acting turn more serious for you?
RT :: Well, I was first signed to an agent that would support my voice and play acting at 12, so I’d say that I was pretty serious right out of the gate.
SZ :: You are well known for your voice acting, in addition to your play acting. Is there one that you prefer over the other?
RT :: I wouldn’t say that I prefer voice acting over play acting, but it is so simply, comparatively. It doesn’t matter what you look like, you only have to go in for 6 hour stints and you get a good pay check.
RT :: I’ve never been to a sci fi convention and I don’t know if I ever will. It’s not really my thing.
I can’t say that I’ve ever had a super fan. I think things in music are different than in acting. In acting, your fans will just sit in their living rooms and watch your movie 20 times, but in music, you get to go and stare at a guy on stage for 2 hours.
SZ :: So, you’re living in Vancouver, Canada. What is that city like to work in? What is their film industry like?
Vancouver is an incredible environment for film. There is always work and films coming to shoot in the city. I love living here, plus it’s close to my family. And I am always just a quick commute to L.A. so I don’t feel out of the loop.
SZ :: I read that you were the co-founder of a comedy duo known as ‘Jitterbug Productions‘. Is that something that you are still pursuing? Is comedy something that you would like to continue to work on?
RT :: ‘Jitterbug Productions’ was something that I started with a friend a million years ago. The videos are still available on YouTube, but my friend that I had started it with is married now and has a travel blog with his wife so he’s not available to make new material anymore. It’s really I bummer. I loved doing those videos. A lot of our gems were taken down because of our use of unlicensed music.
SZ :: So, obviously, I am sure that you are aware of all the stuff that’s going on with women across the globe, and particularly within the entertainment industry with the #METOO movement. In your long history working within the industry, have you been aware of the disparity and are you starting to see a change?
RT :: I can definitely see that the climate for women in entertainment is different than it is for men. I think that all men have been examining their lives and trying to think of times where they may have been inappropriate and where they may owe apologies. They don’t realize that minor actions can have lifelong reactions that these women may still be living with.
I’ve always found certain men walk around like lions.. like predators.. and they treat all women as prey. I feel that finally these actions and this mindset is being noticed, called out, and is starting to change.
RT :: If there is something that you want to be in your life, then you have to start being that person. Like when I am working behind the scenes of a production and someone asks what I do, I tell them that I’m an actor because that’s what I am. I may not be an actor in that very moment, but in my life I want to be an actor, so I say that I’m actor. You may miss out on opportunities to network and who knows what else if you don’t present yourself as the person who you’d like to be. If you always show up, just as you are, you will never be who you want to be… unless you are who you want to be in this very moment.