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21 February

Posted: February 22nd, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: News | Tags: , , , , | 5 Comments »

I am always too nervous to ask questions at cons but I had a chance to ask Ben one —- 

Q : How different is the working reality of your career compared to your perception of the career when you were studying?

A : I can’t remember WHAT I thought my career would be like. In fact, the answer I am about to give is probably filled with old age omissions and reconstructed truths.

I never imagined I would be doing a TV series… I guess cause I was never a big TV watcher as a young man. I was always busy doing something… I would watch shows in afternoon reruns, but was never religious in my TV habits.  I do remember as a child imagining I would be a professional athlete, then astronaut, then airline pilot. Though I’m pretty sure by the time I was 13, i was fairly sure no one really lived past 40.
I surely NEVER thought about fame or signing an autograph.  And even today when engaged in the act of signing an autograph, the whole experience strikes me as confounding and surreal. I am grateful to anyone enjoys the shows I have been lucky enough to be a part of… Surely I must have wanted the attention, but I don’t remember having that ambition. The ambition I do remember was to be on stage, getting paid, and having fun while doing it. “Fun” equating to riding the wave of the story and the knowing that the audience was on the journey with us.
Being an “actor” was something it took me the better part of a decade to lay claim to after I decided to pursue the craft at the age of 22. I was very uncomfortable telling people that was my “job” as it always struck me as presumptuous. Even today, when hovering over a form requesting my occupation, I hesitate before I scribble “actor”. Mayhaps I am still waiting on my real vocation… Politician, Bricklayer, or Student. 

5 Comments on “21 February”

  1. 1 Dee Robles said at 12:37 am on February 22nd, 2013:

    “Actor” a profession that takes 2 pairs to even attempt. I went to one acting class, the instructor liked what I’d done on the stage then asked me to stand front & center and tell everyone about myself. “I thought the whole idea of my being here was to perfect being someone else”, I left and never went back, I was 16, I’m now 59, I’ve never been so scared in my life. I went on to a very dangerous job for 27yrs, but that acting class still makes me freeze up. You’ve done it, you do it, I’d rather face a loaded weapon than a rolling camera. Thank you, from a fan that thoroughly enjoys your on screen talent. No need to hesitate, you have every reason to write ACTOR with pride.

  2. 2 Nora said at 12:58 am on February 22nd, 2013:

    Love his response. It’s gratifying to see Ben has maintained his grasp of priorities (taking time off to be a Dad/Husband while his wife is fighting cancer) and humilty. Hope he never doubts…we enjoy seeing him on the small screen or the large screen. Because he IS an actor. And a fine one at that. Thanks, Angie.

  3. 3 Musicalgal said at 4:07 am on February 22nd, 2013:

    Great question, Angie. Great answer, Ben.

    I’ve never understood why “artists” have to apologize for practicing their profession. It seems to be an American thing.

  4. 4 mayanscaper said at 7:58 pm on February 21st, 2017:

    What a wonderful question, Angie. Please don’t be afraid to ask questions during cons as you ask great ones.

    Terrific answer from Ben. I can understand how something so personal yet public as acting can seem flummoxing to acknowledge if you’re brought up to “do something” like be an engineer, be a psychologist, etc. I wanted to be an artist. My folks said I didn’t have the spark so I didn’t pursue it. Ben pursued something he was interested in. He mastered the craft and I believe the art of acting. That’s a huge accomplishment. But he was also taught that to acknowledge the skill is to almost lose the skill of being someone else. You need to be part of a story, part of a team and not alone. Being alone and an actor is embarrassing to him.

    But, watching him BE George Tilton convinced me that the man is a brilliant ACTOR.

  5. 5 David Emery said at 5:52 pm on February 22nd, 2017:

    I always love to hear Ben speak from his heart, off the cuff. I’ve watched everything on youtube that references him.

    I see a truly great man and a truly awesome actor. It takes an artist’s talent, great heart and an ability to express that plus experience. Ben has all of those in spades.


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