Sydney Endicott is an actor whose work can be seen on the NBC television show Parks and Recreation, as well as in a lead role in her first feature film, Kids vs. Monsters. Sydney grew up in Canada and England where she began her acting work in British television and commercials before moving to the Los Angeles area. She is currently pursuing her BFA in Acting at one of the nation’s leading conservatories, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.
I am (use a max. of 3 words to describe yourself)… Curious, Passionate and Creative
My last acting gig taught me… The work is never done. Looking for a result or finished product too quickly can take you out of the experience of process and exploratory trial-and-error.
Proudest performance moment… Some of my work in acting school has honestly been my favorite! I worked on a very challenging and interesting student film recently about a girl with severe acne and I think my work in that was some of my best.
Most embarrassing audition… I was at a callback for a series and there was a pretty high profile celebrity in the room and I was so nervous at one point I tried to speak and literally nothing came out. It wasn’t a complete disaster but definitely not my best…
Movie I can’t stop talking about... Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind… I’ll never get over it honestly.
Top three Netflix / Amazon shows in my queue… Netflix has to be Twin Peaks, Louie and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
Currently reading… Alan Watts: The Joyous Cosmology
Car karaoke tune... “Feel my Face” will always get me dancing and singing 100%.
Would switch careers with… I don’t think I would switch careers with anyone only because I am excited about the work I am doing right now and the path that is beginning to illuminate itself for me. There are lots of actors whose careers inspire and propel me but I am loving working on my craft right now and finding my own way in this profession!
The moment I knew I wanted to be an actor... This one is pretty cheesy but it was the night I saw Les Miserables on the West End in London as a child and had my first really emotional and cathartic experience in the theatre.
If I weren't an actor, I'd be... A teacher! I’m really interested in getting involved with developing creative thinking in young people and bringing more right-brain thought into the educational system in the US.
Dying to work with... David Lynch or Gillian Anderson
Get mistaken for… Zooey Deschanel or, recently, a brunette Dakota Fanning
Was born to play... Desdemona. Her strength in loyalty is so beautiful and interesting, I would love the opportunity to explore that role sometime in my career.
Learn lines by... Line Tapes! I usually will make one tape reading both characters and then another tape where I leave blanks for my lines. This way I can listen or interact with the tape and test myself or just play the tape to get familiar with the material.
Get into character by... Mostly for me it’s just about getting really involved with the given circumstances and personalizing the material.
Acting is… The hardest and most rewarding profession out there.
Special skill I wouldn't put on my resume… I’m super good at cutting my bangs.
Secret I want everyone to know… I’d like to keep you intrigued for a little bit longer :)
Actor crush... Eddie Redmayne
If I were a color, I'd be… Lavender
Fave travel destination… I took a trip to New Zealand this summer that was absolutely mind-blowing. The most beautiful country I’ve been to and I’m dying to go back!
LA spot that inspires or relaxes me… Huntington Library was very inspiring to me recently.
The best advice I ever got… There has been so much, but something that recently has stayed with me is something one of my acting coaches said to me this summer: “The worst thing that can happen to an actor is to get something before they are ready for it.” I resonate very deeply with this as someone who values craft and artistic growth above most else. It is so easy to want things to happen quickly in your career. Of course we all want to be working and working on interesting material but I value patience in this work very deeply.