Steve Sladaritz
Steve Sladaritz

Yeah, he's a pretty nice guy most of the time.

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Steve Sladaritz
Steve Sladaritz

The kinda-creepy doctor in "The Hypnotist"

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Steve Sladaritz
Steve Sladaritz

From a spot filmed for The Springs Rescue Mission.

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Steve Sladaritz
Steve Sladaritz

Yeah, he's a pretty nice guy most of the time.

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That SAG-AFTRA Selfie
Well, here it is. If you follow me at all on social media (and you should be), then you might remember seeing this. I did promise to share it here though, so I thought I should honor that.
So, here it is along with a brief history of the journey... 
In Oct 2020 I left the survival job. I was entering year 7 of a 5-year plan to become a full-time actor when I decided it was time to stop looking over the edge and jump. That same October I did my first audition for Paul's Promise, not for the part I finally got, but big news.
I booked the role of Pastor Van Gorder and suddenly I was SAG-Eligible, and working on set, and filming in New Mexico, and in Los Angeles.  Living the actual dream!
Now every actor, I'm sure, has target shows... one of mine was Better Call Saul, and I was auditioning, even getting the occasional callback, but time was running out. Better Call Saul was starting to film season 6, which all of us fans knew was the last one. And in April 2021, I auditioned for the role that I finally landed. Steve the security guy. That was awesome in so many ways, and it pushed me into what is known as "Must Join" status, meaning the next project I worked was the one I would have to join the union for. I was dying to get that job.
It was early in 2021 that I finally booked my "must join" part, and when it airs I'll let you know that it was the one. But I finally had to do what I wanted to do all along, so I immediately joined SAG-AFTRA. Then I sat by my mailbox for what seemed like an eternity waiting for my card to show up in the mail, because it's really, really, real when you're holding it in your hand.  And now it's so real.

I like this story, because it reminds me that we get what we want and need by going after it, by doing the work, taking risks, and putting ourselves out there even though we might fail. It also reminds me of all the "where did >insert name< come from?" stories where some actor was suddenly in the public eye and everyone wonders where they were hiding all this time.
Maybe they were "hiding" in year 7 of a 5-year plan, auditioning when nothing seemed to be working, training whenever they could because that's what you do when you're not working, making independent films, and short films, and student films. They were there long before you noticed them, doing what we do... not giving up. 
This is me, not giving up. 
 

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