I had the great pleasure of connecting with Canadian actor, Reece Thompson, about his lifelong career in entertainment, the current state of the film industry in Vancouver, B.C., and his thoughts on the #MeToo movement.
Here are some of the highlights from our conversation:
SZ :: I know that you have been a working actor for a long time. When did you first start acting?
RT :: I started super early. I think I got my start at around the age of 10. I was first signed to an agent that would support my voice and play acting at 12.
SZ :: I understand that your mother is also involved with the entertainment industry. What can you tell me about that?
RT :: I was already involved in acting pretty early on, which got my mother more involved with a film society called The Dreamers.
SZ :: What were you like in school?
RT :: 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 :: I think that’s so cool that you started so young as a voice actor. Which do you prefer more? Voice acting or play acting?
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.
SZ :: So, I know that you were in a few episodes of Stargate Atlantis. Have you ever been to a sci-fi convention? Do you have fans there?
RT :: I’ve never been to a sci fi convention and I don’t know if I ever will.
SZ :: Since you’ve been a working actor for so many years, have you gained any super fans? Do you have any stories?
RT :: 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 :: What has been your personal experience of the film scene in Vancouver?
RT :: 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.
SZ :: I read that you had a YouTube project called Jitterbug Productions. What can you tell me about that project?
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 :: What are your personal impressions of the #MeToo movement?
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.
SZ :: It’s been super good talking with you. Are there any words of wisdom that you would like to end with?
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.