Troy Lauduski is an aspiring artist from Southern California who gave up the football cleats for a script while attending the University of Hawaii. His hopes and dreams revolve around entertaining others, on stage, in front of a camera or making a fool of himself on the mic. Just spinning around this rock at 67000 miles per hour trying to make a living doing what I love.
I am (use a max. of 3 words to describe yourself)… a laid back perfectionist weirdo
Acting is... performance. I always felt that all performances whether it be dance, sports, singing, are all acting. We are all escaping who we truly are for that moment to be something else. To portray how we want to be seen by others.
My last gig taught me... that my potential is boundless. You never truly know how far you will go or how good you can be unless you go out and try. Don't be afraid to fail.
Proudest performance moment... In college I played Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing. It was my first Shakespeare experience and I was stressed to the max trying to learn my lines and then trying to keep college students' attention with all the Shakespeare mumbo jumbo. Getting my first standing ovation when they brought me out on stage after the show, I will never forget. I felt so accomplished and loved in that moment.
Most embarrassing audition... I had to audition for a game show that was based on improv, and the last thing they do is make you defend a controversial topic. They thought it would be funny to have me defend Adolf Hitler. I was bright red but I wanted the job, so somewhere out there, there is a video of me giving a minute long speech about how Adolf Hitler wasn't really a bad dude... I did not get a call back.
Most challenging part... for me is living in this town and being patient for your opportunity to shine while watching others excel.
The moment I knew I wanted to be an actor... as a kid in elementary school during recess, all of the boys would play handball or basketball or some sort of activity. I, on the other hand, took this opportunity to do weird impressions and corky faces for all of the girls around the jungle gym. The would laugh and beg for me and I knew that I wanted to make people laugh any way I could.
Dying to work with... the ever lovable Tom Hanks, the many faces of Gary Oldman, or Mr. Stark himself, Sean Bean.
Was born to play... the comic relief guy in action movies.
Learn lines... in silence. Just me, my script, door closed. More of a visual thing for me than memorization.
Get into character by... finding one similar aspect of mine and from the character I am playing. From that point I branch or and ask why did he say these lines this way and then what drove that to be the reason why. And slowly keep webbing out until I understand the character and why he does things.
Special skill I wouldn't put on my resume… is my ability to pick up rocks and throw them with the gap between my big toe.
Movie I can’t stop talking about... is The Game. It's an old Michael Douglas movie but I alwasy recommend it to people, unique plot. Lots of twists. Watch it.
Top three Netflix / Amazon shows in my queue… Sneaky Pete (Giovanni Ribisi is amazing), Mindhunter (true accounts of serial killers, yes please), Black Mirror (the new Twilight Zone, give me more).
Currently reading… the next in a series I read, he's kinda like Indiana Jones. I'm a nerd I know but I like books with adventure and mystery mixed in with some historic facts.
Car karaoke tune... well if you know me, if a song I know comes on the radio, I'm going to sing my heart out. Anywhere from 2Pac to Elton John to Backstreet Boys to Garth Brooks. My nickname is Mr. Karaoke.....and yes I gave that nickname to myself.
If I weren't an actor, I'd be... a professional golfer. I've played sports all my life but nothing is quite as relaxing and peaceful as golf. It's just you vs yourself vs nature. Very calming experience for me.
Stranger Things character that best represents me… is Steve. Steve is a loverboy who even though the girl doesn't love him back is still gonna do the right thing and protect the kids no matter what.
If they made a movie about my life, I’d be played by… Dave Franco. I think he pulls off the cool and funny guy thing well. And I would hope Hollywood would pick someone like that cause he pulls of that sexy look that i never could.
Actor crush... Lily Rabe from American Horror Story, I think she is amazing.....and the legend Harrison Ford. Mad crushing on him for life.
If I were a color, I'd be… bright as hell, I want people to see my color and smile.
Hotel alias… Samuel Powers
LA spot that inspires or relaxes me… anywhere where I can see the Hollywood sign. It motivates me and gives me motivation for why I am in this town.
The best advice I ever got… Troy, you are good, but damnit you aren't gonna get anywhere in life unless YOU believe it too.
You can find me at… @cali_boy_troy, Facebook - Troy Lauduski or at the nearest karaoke bar with happy hour.