William Thomas Evans (Bill)

EP 26: William Thomas Evans (Bill)

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[00:01:33] Are you ready for this bill? Beautiful bill. Most recently played Papa slash Sims in the powerful play the nether at Florida studio theater, max Prince in laughter on the 23rd floor at st. Michael’s Playhouse. And mr. Mush, Nick in little shop at act of Connecticut. Prior to that. He was in the new, off Broadway musical desperate measures at new world stages coming to that directly after two and a half wonderful years in Las Vegas is with BAS at the Palazzo.

[00:02:08] Original Broadway casts include Camelot the 1993 revival, the Scarlet Pimpernel versions one and two, and a tale of two cities, six tours, including Joseph and the amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. The pre Broadway version of Jacqueline Hyde. A funny thing happened on the way to the and eight years as Santa Claus in the radio city, Christmas spectacular performing for over 2.5 million people.

[00:02:36] He was in the Fantastics off-Broadway for two years, as well as hell princess Candide and pirates of Penzance with the New York city opera at Lincoln center, he was on two seasons as Senator Lamar Farkas on alpha house, which you can watch on Amazon prime. He has also appeared on the good fight on CBS and the movie made for each other.

[00:02:59] He has also performed in 48 States. Bill that is a quick intro of who you are and what you’ve done, but why don’t you tell us a little bit more about yourself? Fill in the gaps, if you will, who you are, where you’re from, where you are currently calling home and a little bit more about what you do as a professional in the entertainment industry.

[00:03:23]William Thomas Evans: [00:03:23] I’m from Oakton, Virginia, and I went to school at voting college. I was a biochemistry major. And, w was up in Maine and after college, did you go to Columbia film school? grad school to become an editor, but it, during that summer, before I got my first musical, which was West side story, and I played Tony and I kind of got bit by the bug.

[00:03:52] Yeah, and I Southern loves, wouldn’t, wouldn’t fall in love with the music from West side story. And I fell in love with the business, differed from, did not go to Columbia, and, have been acting ever since I lived in, Jersey city, New Jersey, right across the river, above Hoboken. So.

[00:04:11] I’m about a mile away from the Lincoln tunnel. And I been out here for about 15 years. And before that I lived probably in one, two, 

[00:04:22] Dane Reis: [00:04:22] three, 

[00:04:23] William Thomas Evans: [00:04:23] four, five different places in New York city, starting with the, upper, upper, upper West side and then all over. And I’ve been an actor for 30 years professionally.

[00:04:35] Dane Reis: [00:04:35] That’s great. Can you talk about a little bit, your. Transition or that switched from, I mean, you said chemistry and things like this versus the, the arts. So how did that come about? 

[00:04:48] William Thomas Evans: [00:04:48] I, it was kind of all mapped out for me. I buy my own accord. I wanted to be a doctor for so long and, and I went to Boden and they have a great, great science department.

[00:05:01] And so I was studying and. I think maybe my spring semester of freshman year, I was, walking, I guess after doing a study with a whole bunch of people and I was coming back to my dorm room and I heard some music that I had never really heard before. And I went in there and. It was from my friend, Susan Perez, who I credit to this day for introducing me, but a musical was Les Miserables.

[00:05:34] And I think I stayed in her room or dorm room til like, maybe. Seven in the morning. wow. And that might’ve been at maybe midnight and, and we listened to that album, I think maybe two or three times and maybe, you know, song on repeat like 50 times it was the most magical thing I’d ever heard. And, that was kind of my introduction into musical theater.

[00:06:00] And then, and I, I mean, I loved it changed, it changed my life. 

[00:06:06] Dane Reis: [00:06:06] Absolutely. And what a great music and a great musical to have that be the one that I guess, connected you with the entire industry. 

[00:06:15] William Thomas Evans: [00:06:15] Yeah. I mean, like I played guitar, so I played guitar in church and I even continued doing that in a. At voted, but I never had vote.

[00:06:25] I actually sang, because there was no one to sing, but, all growing up there were, there was a choir, but I would just play the guitar and I never sang. So I never really knew that I could, even though I love to use it, it was, yeah, it was wild. And then, you know, to start. And to put the cassette in and then just go for a drive and, you know, for a three hour drive, but just be singing at the top of your lungs.

[00:06:49] And yeah, it was as Rob that got me involved and interested in music. I love that. 

[00:06:57] Dane Reis: [00:06:57] Well, let’s move on to the next section here. And look, I am a sucker for a good quote. What is your favorite quote? You’d like to share with our listeners? 

[00:07:08] William Thomas Evans: [00:07:08] I think there might be, there might be too. That’s good. I always think when, when, when I think about this question, I think about, I have two tattoos on my body and I’m thinking about getting a third.

[00:07:21] I wanted to get a third on my, on my kind of forearm. And I want it to get it in light grading. So it was, it’s not really noticeable to anybody else, but me, the two quotes that I always wanted to put on there, and it was in the quotes not to be written in English. I think they were going to be written in like, you know, a makeup language from star Wars or, elephant language or, Gaelic because I’m Irish and one was believing your dreams.

[00:07:48] And it was, that’s something that’s that has stuck with me. No forever. And especially because of this business. But I remember when I, I joined, when I decided to become an actor, my mom gave me a card that said, believe in your dreams. And, about eight months after I moved to New York, I got my first Broadway show.

[00:08:07] And, and, and so I’ve kept that card that she sent me, you know, I still have it to this day. And, because you know, this business is tough. And so believing in your dreams is. Never give that up. And I’m an old guy now and, and, and, and, I never try to let that quote go by. And also there’s one more.

[00:08:27] So the other one was don’t ask up and I always, I kind of wanted to, and I wanted to so that no one could read it, but I wanted to have that, you know, we need the Gaelic. Or I hate you, or like some kind of star Wars language, but, always before the audition that happened to look down and kind of smile a, puts it into perspective that it’s just an audition.

[00:08:47]don’t mess it up. and it has a little bit of humor to it, but, you know, to keep things in perspective. And, so those were my two quotes. 

[00:08:55] Dane Reis: [00:08:55] Absolutely. Because while what we’re doing is. Super high caliber. It’s serious. It is a professional career. This is how we make our living. We’re also at the same time we’re singing in dancing or acting, you know, it’s, it’s supposed to be fun.

[00:09:10] It’s supposed to be light and enjoyable and entertaining. It’s not lose sight of that. 

[00:09:17] William Thomas Evans: [00:09:17] Absolutely. If you’re on your final call back and there are 30, 40 people in the room and you’re about to sing and you’re about to do your acting sides and you look down at your arm or remember the quote and it says don’t F up.

[00:09:32] It kind of puts it into perspective and puts you in a good mood for sure. Yeah. But the most important one is really believing your dreams because to be in this business, you have to constantly have dreams because you can reach some of your dreams. You can fulfill some of your dreams and then you have to come up with new dreams.

[00:09:50] And I love that about this, about this business. So. 

[00:09:54] Dane Reis: [00:09:54] I agree. Well, let’s move to the next section now. So bill, of course you are an entertainer. I am an entertainer and I think that you would agree. That this industry is one of the most subjective, brutally, honest, personally emotional industries in existence.

[00:10:12] And, you know, as well as I, that in order to, to create and to have a successful career in this industry, like you’re having now takes a lot of dedication, a lot of hard work. And while of course there is an outrageous amount of fun and excitement being on stage, being that performer. There are also our fair share of obstacles and challenges and failures.

[00:10:35] We are going to have to experience, and we’re going to have to learn to move forward through if we want to continue doing this as our careers. So tell us what is one key challenge, obstacle or failure you’ve experienced in your career and how did you come out the other side better? Because of it. I 

[00:10:54] William Thomas Evans: [00:10:54] had mentioned that, and this was so important to me.

[00:10:57]Getting into this business. And at one point in my career, I was going for my final, final callback for the tour for Marius. And there was no audition. There was no studio. I was going to the offices of Cameron Macintosh and it was, you know, I was like, Oh my God, here it is. This is it. You know? And then when you get, and then you’re still in the itinerary, it’s like, This is my ultimate dream.

[00:11:28] And, after one song I was let go and I remember sobbing in the elevator and, everyone was at the casting director or the, piano accompanist. We, everyone was shocked. They didn’t know. What happened to this day? I never knew what happened. There was no explanation. They just probably went with someone, you know, from their files that may be came back in the day before my, my so called audition, who knows.

[00:11:54] Anyway, anyway, I didn’t get the job and I was devastated this stated, and. It was, it was really tough to overcome that. A week later, I got the original cost of Jekyll and Hyde. This would have been a replacement and Les Miserables and a week later I got a, I’d still devastated. I started auditioning for Jekyll and Hyde and, and then, I got the, the original pre Broadway yes, for that.

[00:12:21] So, you know, there’s lots of lessons in there. But that was a, that was a big time failure. And, and, it really affected me. And then I had to grow from that and there was a lesson, you know, in that growth, but I had to grow from that and it was really a great experience. 

[00:12:41] Dane Reis: [00:12:41] That’s a great story. And to be so close and T, and then still to this day, you say you, you still have no idea what happened.

[00:12:49] And like you said, it could be as simple as. Someone that they had on their books, you know, just showed back up for whatever reason. And they’re like, all right, we’re going to do this. And it’s such a subjective industry, isn’t it? 

[00:13:02] William Thomas Evans: [00:13:02] Well, there is, you know, one of the lessons from that was. I mean, that was my dream.

[00:13:07] You know what I mean? I, I, I learned about this business because of Les Miserables. I wanted to, I wanted to, to the city with the ultimate goal of being in Les Miserables, I, I crashed the Fontine auditions. I’m assuming everyone listening to this is musical theater. So we don’t need to explain who fontina is.

[00:13:23] But, there was a Fontine audition, man. It was all women and I knocked on the door, fresh face and, you know, I was like, hi, can I, can I I’d like to sing. and there somehow there was an opening back then and it would never happen these days, but there was an opening and they were like, and I was cute.

[00:13:41] So they were like, okay. And I went in there and I sang and I ended up being in there like 20, 20 minutes, no lie. I sat, I sent all of Marias and that’s where, and obviously like, and so when I walked out feeling like there was no job, cause it was a fun team call. And, and then that started my Lima then through the years, I, autistic, maybe two or three more times.

[00:14:07] And then I, but this is like two or three years. Cause then I ended up getting a Broadway show Camelot. And so then after that, finally, after two or three auditions, I finally got the call saying, you know, listen, there was no audition, just come in. And then, you know, I just, you know, the story from that.

[00:14:24] But it was, it was crazy depressing because that was my dream. And so you had to realize that, you know, follow that quote, believe in your dreams, not singular, but plural is the quote. And so this was a perfect example where you had to kind of change in this business. You have to rethink things and.

[00:14:48] Although it devastated me. There are a million other musicals out there. I had it pick yourself up and start auditioning again. And then I ended up getting something, a brand new and original, which also changed my life. so, you know, there, there always are different. there are lots of branches on a tree.

[00:15:08] Dane Reis: [00:15:08] For sure. Well, let’s move to this next section to a time that I like to call your spotlight moment. That one moment in time that you realized, yes, I’m going to be an entertainer for a living or maybe it was, yes, this is what I need to be doing in the entertainment industry. 

[00:15:28] William Thomas Evans: [00:15:28] Tell us about that. There are a couple.

[00:15:31]moments that stood out to me, the first one was, one of my first vocal teachers. She’s not with us anymore. and she used to teach in D C B before I knew, after West side story, I kind of got bit by the bug and I stayed in DC and I started, there were, at that time, there were so many dinner theaters in DC and other theaters.

[00:15:55] And so I just started. You know, working consistently in DC. And so, I wanted to take voice lessons and everyone was studying with Rosemary. And so I got in and, and when I sang for her, we used to, I have it on tape because she used to record all the lessons and then give you the cassette at the end.

[00:16:17] And when I sang for her for the first time, she, She cried. And she, said that she had never really heard this voice, in a long, long time and that, I needed to be doing this and she canceled, for dinner plans and then talk with me for another hour after that, and kind of started mapping out a plan for me.

[00:16:42] And I studied with her for six years and. She mapped out a plan about how I was going to move to New York and stuff like that. But yeah, she, when I, when that class, that voice lesson, that voice class, where she, when she first heard me and she cried and she was like, you’re, this is what you need to be doing.

[00:16:59] That kind of changed my life. And then, there was another moment in, in my career, but it was kind of like mid career. I think it was around 2000. Then I got, was casting. I was cast in radio city, Christmas spectacular Santa Claus. And when there was one point it’s yeah, the radio city show that I did it’s Santa Claus has eight numbers to do four big, huge production numbers and then four little small numbers.

[00:17:26] And it’s kind of like a Santa number and then a Rockette. And then a Rockette number and then the Santa’s number and then a Rockette number. And then at the end, the Santa, and then everybody comes together at the end. Yeah. Was one time that I was just, and it might’ve been like maybe 4,000. it might’ve been a 4,000 seat auditorium and I was there by myself, standing center stage, arms out singing, and I kind of, came off stage and kind of cried a little bit.

[00:17:54]and I kind of learned. how to be, how to just stand center stage and be a star, not meaning stars in like, you know, everybody looked at me star, I mean, like star stands standing center stage. No one else is on stage. All the spotlights on you. Angela hold your ground. So I don’t mean that in a cocky way.

[00:18:15] I mean that in a, you know, Oh my God, can I do this? 

[00:18:19] Dane Reis: [00:18:19] Yeah. Cause you have to really own that space. 

[00:18:22] William Thomas Evans: [00:18:22] It’s yours. It’s either yours or it’s not, or, you know, you’re just renting it. but I owned it and I can never. But it took a lot of work and, and I can’t thank I to this day. I can never thank Linda Haberman, director of the radio city Rockettes, you know, for giving me the job and teaching me how to stand center stage and, command that.

[00:18:48]so at that moment I also realized that, wow, I am, I’m, I’m definitely right in the right distance for me. 

[00:18:56] Dane Reis: [00:18:56] Great. Well, let’s piggyback on that question quick and let’s talk about your number one, booked it moment. Walk us through that day, the auditions and call backs. If those happen to be part of it, what was going on in your life?

[00:19:10] And what about that moment? Makes it your favorite moment? 

[00:19:15] William Thomas Evans: [00:19:15] No, listen, when you’re, when you’re in this business, you are, every job you get is a great book. Did moment. Sure. You know what I mean? Especially, you know, if you’re on your a, you know, your fist call back or, or your, your fist call back on this job and your third rejection.

[00:19:34] You know, on other jobs. So, you know, every kind of book do moment has it’s a special place, but there is one that was, was pretty special and the result is something that normally doesn’t happen. Are you here to bring whatsoever? Wow. And when you do, it’s really special. but I was auditioning for John Patrick Shanley who won a Oscar for Moonstruck and a Pulitzer prize for doubt.

[00:19:59]was doing a new, play with music and it was called romantic poetry. And the music was by, the original music was by Henry Krieger of dream girls. And so there was this, part of a daily guy and it was the reverse kind of Romeo and Juliet. the deli guy was, was the one breaking up with the girl.

[00:20:24] And so it was a great scene. I had not learned any of the music yet. I just sang my stop and went through audition one. and then they sent me some more sides for audition too, and the music. And so then I learned that and sang that, and then it was my third and final callback and everyone was in the room.

[00:20:43]and so I got to the audition place, excuse me. And there was a young lady playing, They’re sitting out there and she was younger and the part of the girl, the opposite of the Romeo, Romeo and Juliet, because I was on the balcony and the girl was on the street level. and, I was like, are you reading for, the girl?

[00:21:03] And she was like, yes. And what was her name? I said, hi, I’m bill. And her name was patina. And it turned out to be patina Miller told me when her patina Miller from different. Well, and so we were there, there was no one else outside in the room when we were, do you want to, are you reading for the girl or are you reading for the guy?

[00:21:20] Yeah, let’s read together. Let’s practice. So we’re out there practicing, you know, besides, which was great that we both got to do that. And then, you know, 10 minutes, rode by and, the casting director peeked out and he’s like, Oh, you guys are reading. That’s so cute. Keep on doing that. We’re like, okay, great.

[00:21:39] So then like another 10 minutes rode by and then he came out again. He’s like, are you guys just, you guys read it together? Are you guys happy? And they were like, yeah, he’s like, great. We’re going to bring you in together. Oh, well how great is that? So we went in and we add there, everyone was in the room and you know, John Patrick Shanley who’s there in the center.

[00:22:01] Henry was right next to him and everyone else. And so we sat or we, we read, decide, and then he gave us some adjustments and John Patrick Shanley, was directing the piece as well. he does that a lot with all with whose original pieces he directs the first kind of version of it. And then someone else takes over.

[00:22:20] Although I think he directed Joe versus the volcano. I think he also wrote it and directed that movie. But anyway, so we, we did decides, and then, we came to the song. And, we S and then Henry went out and played the song for us. Henry came around and gotten the piano, and then we sat, stayed around the piano and then we sang it and then, with him, and then we kind of moved out to the center of the room.

[00:22:46] And then we sang it again and there was the big, big, big, and number, the big, big end note we were hitting it. And then we just didn’t end quite right. And we both looked at each other and we’re like, Oh no, we could do it better. We didn’t practice that. And everyone lasts. And, and, John Patrick Shanley looked over at Henry and Henry nodded and we didn’t know what that was.

[00:23:12] And John said to me, are you too. And so, then we started walking towards, you know, him. He was behind a table and everyone was behind him and we started walking towards him. And when we got about between where we were and to where he was, he said, you both got the job. 

[00:23:28] Dane Reis: [00:23:28] Wow. 

[00:23:29] William Thomas Evans: [00:23:29] And, you know, we kind of screamed and jumped up and down and hugged everybody.

[00:23:36] And then when we left, we both cried. You don’t really hear, you don’t really hear that a lot. I like a lot of the times you get the job, you know, you know, the end of the day, or maybe the next day, maybe a week later from your agent. Yeah. But this time, we heard in the room, we got to call our agents and say, Hey, you’re going to be, you’re going to be getting a call, but it was really magical and special because it doesn’t happen at all in this business.

[00:24:01] And then to pay. A b.com from John Patrick, Shanley, Oscar boat supplies, winner, Tony winner, Henry Krieger, to tell you, you have a job right in the room is pretty spectacular. And I’ll never forget that. And I didn’t offer it shows without auditioning. That’s nice too, but this really was, was something special.

[00:24:23] And when you’re, when you’ve been, you know, I’ve been in this business three years and, Occasionally you’ll hear stories about this and literally every single person as the same reaction to this day, it’s one of their still best booked at moments hearing exactly when you got the job in the room right after the audition.

[00:24:40] Dane Reis: [00:24:40] Yeah, I love that. Well, let’s take a moment to talk about the present. What projects are you working on now? What are you looking forward to? And of course being amidst this global pandemic, how do you see this industry moving forward in the next couple of years? 

[00:24:59] William Thomas Evans: [00:24:59] I don’t have anything now, everything that I was supposed to start a rehearsal in June, I was booked from June.

[00:25:06] To the end of October in three different shows and they’re all canceled. One of them has been postponed exactly a year. So I already know that I have a job next June, but, yeah, it’s I have no clue. So, I’m doing nothing now other than, some. Great podcasts, some, working, doing some, video zooming and projects for theater, you know, for their virtual Gallas that they’re having, you know, some singing on projects, online wise.

[00:25:42] But other than that, no, this we’re so good by this, virus that gets a little into, it’s not a little, it’s very scary. but yeah, you know, hopefully everything will be fine next summer. And hopefully the other shows that I have are, are gonna be postponed as well and not full on canceled. I’m assuming that everything, is just kind of, it’s like a year is kind of put on pause.

[00:26:07]and that, seasons that we’re going to be this season are just going to be moved to next year. I know, one of my jobs that’s what happened. They just moved the entire season to, To next year. So hopefully that’ll happen with everything. and the once we get back to normal, then hopefully, you know, theater will always response back.

[00:26:23] I’m not worried about that, but yeah, it’s a little scary. 

[00:26:27] Dane Reis: [00:26:27] For sure. Well, it’s time to move on to one of my favorite sections in the interview and I call it the grease lightning round. I am going to ask you a handful of questions. I want you to answer them as quickly and concisely as possible one after another.

[00:26:44] Are 

[00:26:44] William Thomas Evans: [00:26:44] you ready? 

[00:26:48] Dane Reis: [00:26:48] All right. First question. What was the one thing holding you back from committing to a career as an entertainer? 

[00:26:56] William Thomas Evans: [00:26:56] That, the difference between wanting to be a doctor versus wanting to be an entertainer or a doctor is a stable a job. I didn’t know that, what an entertainer could be the difference.

[00:27:07] I was a biochemistry major, but I love music back and forth, back and forth. And then I sang on stage the first time and that changed my life. Great. 

[00:27:19] Dane Reis: [00:27:19] And second question. What is the best piece of advice you have ever received? 

[00:27:24] William Thomas Evans: [00:27:24] No is not about work. 

[00:27:27] Dane Reis: [00:27:27] Absolutely. And the third question, what is something that is working for you now, or if you’d like to go pre COVID, what was working for you before our industry went on pause?

[00:27:40] William Thomas Evans: [00:27:40] Well, I mean, you have to re no was not about work. If you’re going to go on tons and tons of auditions and you have to know that you’re, you’re going to get. Told no a lot. You have to be prepared. I’m so prepared and that’s something I never that’s something I wasn’t sure. Always on top of my game. and so, knowing your work, doing your work, going in the room and being happy with what you did when you leave the room.

[00:28:15] Makes all the difference in the world, regardless of what the outcome is. 

[00:28:19] Dane Reis: [00:28:19] Agreed. Great. Well, fourth question. What is the best resource? Whether that is a book, a movie, a YouTube video, a podcast, maybe it’s a piece of technology that you found is helping your career right now. 

[00:28:35] William Thomas Evans: [00:28:35] It’s not only right now, but, well, not way back when, when I started, because it wasn’t right, but there are, I love it.

[00:28:42] Resources like on YouTube, you can watch masterclasses, by people, not only in the business, but in any walks of life, but in the business, you can watch masterclasses. There’s a great YouTube thing on Michael Kane, teaching a class. There is a YouTube version, especially during this time that the national theater has put out, performances, live performances on YouTube that you can watch.

[00:29:08]and in New York, since I’ve been an actor, there is the public library where they have all performances taped, from Broadway or off Broadway shows. That they have done for Lincoln center. So you can go and watch it’s knowledge. It’s taking our shows in it’s hearing what other people do, listening to the masterclasses on YouTube, watching the plays on from the national theater on YouTube and going to the library and see, you know, at the Mirman, you know, seeing our old shows, and how they were done, just to expand your knowledge.

[00:29:42] And I love that. And I use, I use the library, to this state, if I’m going in, you know, for, I was going to go in for, bye, bye birdie, for example, and, one of my things that I was going to do before I go to the audition, I had never seen bye bye birdie. I seen the TV version, but I had never seen by, by Bernie.

[00:29:59] So I was gonna go going to Lincoln center library, and I’m just going to watch. you know, the production of it and see what was done now, what the show was about. And so I love that. I don’t know if a lot of people know that, but, about the Lincoln center library, but that is such a valuable resource, especially if you’re in New York, New York city, you go there and you can watch the original musical and see how it was done.

[00:30:23] I would 

[00:30:23] Dane Reis: [00:30:23] venture to say that there’s a lot of people living in New York that have no idea about that resource and that it’s completely free and it’s available to you. Yeah. And I think that’s massive knowledge and advice for anyone listening. And the fifth question. If you had to start your career from scratch, but you still had all the knowledge and experience you’ve collected from your career in this industry, what would you do or not do?

[00:30:51] Would you do anything differently or would you keep it the same? 

[00:30:55] William Thomas Evans: [00:30:55] I would do things differently. I would tell myself number one, don’t smoke. I was, I just recently stopped smoking cigarettes. I’ve been smoke free for a year and seven months. And when you’re young, you know, you see when you’re young and you’re invincible and you know, it’s not going to hurt you.

[00:31:17]yeah, it did it smoking took its toll on my voice. Yeah. So I would tell myself don’t be so cocky that it’s not going to affect you. It is going to affect you. Stop smoking. and the second thing I would do when I was young, it was all about, you know, I didn’t, I was a biochemistry major, so I didn’t study this.

[00:31:35]it would be to get in class right away, and study and study because when I was young, I was kind of cocky. I had a, I had a really, great. And while I’m workable voice usable voice in different shows. And, and I just kind of, I, and I was cute and I kind of was cocky about that and I didn’t realize that there were other things.

[00:32:00]that were more important. How about working on the sides? How about learning about the character about, really knowing the sides before your call back rather than just winging it? So I tell, I would tell myself to I’m a get in the class, that there is an equal side to being a good singer and it’s called being a good actor, being a good listener on stage and, I would tell myself to do that.

[00:32:25] So that that would have started early because that came, that came later on in life. All of a sudden I realized when I did my first role, I was like, what is this? You can, you can sing, which I love, but you can speak and you can create this character. And it was, it was a magical moment for me. And, Yeah, I would tell my young self to get school.

[00:32:47] Guess what? There are several parts to an audition. Look. Good. Look as good as you can. Don’t go in shovel, sing your butt off, but know the character and work on the sides and be prepared on that end, too. 

[00:32:59] Dane Reis: [00:32:59] Fantastic advice. And the last question, what is the golden nugget knowledge drop you have learned from your successful career in the industry that you would like to leave with our listeners?

[00:33:15] William Thomas Evans: [00:33:15] No, he’s not a bad answer. No, he’s not a bad word. You’re going to get no a lot. So you can’t, so you can’t let that affect you. You’re going to, so you need to work on you. You need to do your work so that when you go in a room and you come out, you’re happy with what you did regardless of the outcome and tying into my quote, believe in your dreams because.

[00:33:43] Your dreams are going to change. Your dreams are constantly going to evolve in this business. and that is a great thing in this business, change your dreams. I wanted to MIS my entire life. I didn’t get late news, but I got the original Jekyll and Hyde. I had to switch my dreams. It’s constantly evolving in this business as the older I get, I have, I have a, you know, I have a bucket list of roles that I want to play.

[00:34:08]I’m constantly changing my dreams and, and no matter how old I get, I will always, always, believe in them. I love that. 

[00:34:21] Dane Reis: [00:34:21] And to wrap this interview up, bill, it is time for you to give yourself a plug. Where can we find you? How do our listeners connect with you? Is there anything you’d like to promote?

[00:34:33] William Thomas Evans: [00:34:33] No there, I, you, you I’m on Facebook, but, my Facebook is there. Isn’t really, my Facebook is just for me and my friends. I’m not on any other social media at all. I’m kind of the old school. I’m one of the old schoolers who does, who doesn’t do that. I like to slip into my characters. So there’s no social media.

[00:34:52] So you don’t really. You don’t really have a problem watching what I do. 

[00:34:55] Dane Reis: [00:34:55] Great. Well, bill, it has been wonderful to have you on this interview. Thank you for doing 

[00:35:01] William Thomas Evans: [00:35:01] this. Thank you. 

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