You may recognize David A. Loving as “Angry Father” from the first season of AMC’s, “Better Call Saul”. Popular among his peers, the local actor is receiving some well earned congratulations today as the background casting company who hired him has announced his bump up to a principal role on a major motion picture, now filming in Albuquerque.
One Headlight Ink had the opportunity to catch up with Loving and have a little Q&A about his experiences and his modest advice for others who may be considering a similar path.
OHI: How long have you been in the industry?
DAL: Let’s see, maybe 2 to 2 1/2 years, just local stuff. Unprofessionally, I have always wanted to be a camera man or a director on and off since about 9 years of age. My cousin in Dallas and I would make 8mm silent movies about werewolves or monsters, based on the weekend creature features. We would take turns acting in these shorts. Good memories.
OHI: How did you get your start?
DAL: Longmire background (BG) was the first. Drove to Santa Fe for a casting call, after Bob Baxter called, I drove up to Las Vegas at 4am with 4 sets of clothing and watched the magic unfold. I was hooked.
OHI: How much of a commitment have you put into expanding your experience and training?
DAL: Lots of acting classes when we could afford them. Started at SOL Acting Academy, Vivian Nesbitt’s place – logical classes an actor needs. They have expanded and hired more teachers. Very good. Then to Lora Cunningham’s classes. I’d say Lora’s were the most difficult. I almost quit. Glad I stuck it out. All very rewarding. I have taken workshops around town to broaden my knowledge. Of course these classes give your resume some horsepower and class too. I haven’t done theater. I will be taking a dialect class soon. Should be fun.
OHI: What kind of on set feedback or information have you found most valuable?
DAL: Own up to your mistakes, don’t complain. A great director told me I said my line too late, he was 100% correct. I admitted it, and I did better next time. Directors don’t have time for whiners, seconds are big [dollars]. Complainers are viewed as immature, I think. Learn how to take direction. You need that skill during an audition, and on set. Learn it in class. If you don’t understand the direction, repeat the direction given, as kind of a sanity check on both ends. Get word back to a Production Assistant (P.A.). if you forgot your hearing aids, they will give you visual commands (Yes, happened to me)/ The PAs smooth out the kinks before the director sees them. Cat herders! Tell them when you have to 10:1 (use the facilities, aka the “honeywagon”), don’t just leave.
OHI: What advice do you have for people who have zero experience in the industry who are looking to get into it?
DAL: Start in BG, be polite, be flexible and available, dependable,be early!
OHI: What do you aim to accomplish next?
DAL: My 3rd SAG show, I guess. After that? I don’t know. Better roles, More to say. It’s a personal journey, don’t rush it.