My name is Eric Zimmermann. I am a DJ and Master of Ceremonies, Pianist and Band Leader. I have been performing all of my life as a professional musician. As a Master of Ceremonies I am very comfortable in front of an audience and so I didn’t think that there was anything to learn about public speaking. However, at the urging of friends I looked into the public speaking club “ToastMasters International” and soon realized that there were some things I didn’t know and so learned many new skills! Since then I have achieved the level of “Competent ToastMaster.” Looking back at this it is kind of funny how, I didn’t know what I didn’t know.
A short time ago (again at the urging of friends) I looked into commercial acting. Right off the bat I booked a variety of work including playing a “wind farm owner” for Key Bank and a knee surgeon for Fauquier Health. Fauquier Health. Right after that booked work for Disneyland and Embassy Suites.
My latest role was a businessman for a Japanese cell phone commercial. What is interesting about this one is that at the audition I had to play “Rock, Paper, Scissors” in Japanese. Really, what they wanted was to see was a playful spontaneity. Then, on set we (the other businessmen and women and I) were given simple children’s toys and instructed to figure out new ways to play with them. It was silly and fun. We were told that the director was laughing while viewing the takes and to keep doing what we were doing.
More To Learn?
So thinking there may be more to learn about acting I enrolled in an acting class and last week completed a 2 month study of the basics of “Improv” at The Acting Center right in the heart of Hollywood, CA on the corner of Hollywood Blvd and Western Ave. To say I had an amazing experience would be an understatement. I am so taken by this that I am continuing and have enrolled in the “Scene Study Class.”
Tonight @ 8:00 PM my class will be performing; kind of like our final exam or acting recital; they call it an acting salon. We will be sharing the stage with some of the other very talented students of this amazing school. The Acting Center 5514 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028. Phone: (323) 962-2100
So yes, I admit it. I am a practicing thespian!
Sincerely, Eric Zimmermann DJ/Master of Ceremonies, Pianist, Band Leader and Actor www.elegantmusic.com 626-797-1795