A New “About” Section + Road Trips

With Hollywood slowly opening its doors, I figured my ‘about me’ section was due for an update. Something a little more captivating, a little more narrative, a little more me.

You can click above where it says “About” or click here and give it a read.

A little log line: I discovered acting at an all boys summer camp when I was 12 years old because the camp play got to travel across the lake to the girls camp AND get McDonald’s on their way back. You spend 4 weeks in the woods and trust me, you’ll do just about anything for nuggets. Even sign up to be in a musical with zero singing ability and no acting experience… #NuggLife

It also talks about my love of adventure, and with 2020 being what it is, I’ve spent more time on my couch than I would like to admit… however, I did have a breaking moment and packed up my Jeep for a 2 week road trip through Utah and Colorado. A few weeks later I camped for a week in Mammoth Lakes (highly recommend!), and with fall arriving the other day, I’m thinking it may be time for round two (just have to decide where) to see the changing of the leaves. Here’s some photos from the trips I took back in April/May and July along with a 3 week stint back in St. Louis and a trip to the Ozarks.

Well that’s all for now… hope everyone is staying safe, mentally and physically. It’s been a lot of ups and downs, a year of internal review and really understanding to find peace in the stillness… it’s a work in progress.

Be kind. Adventure often.

Happy Fall 2020.

Self Tape – Comedy Scene (during quarantine)

Well, we could all use a little laugh.  I had a SAG workshop online and they had us do a self tape to send in to the casting director.  Rather than send an old tape, or even worse, ask a friend to come over and help, I did it myself (at home) and facetimed with a friend who read remotely.  Safety first, right?

It’s a fun two-minute scene and usually I would never post a self tape that isn’t professionally done, but hopefully we can let it slide during this time and enjoy content over production/sound quality… even though I admit the facetime reading seemed to work pretty well.

Anyways – if you have two minutes – check this little scene out.

Postcards

Sometimes you have to make your own luck.  Recently I sent out a slew of postcards to casting directors, and if by some chance you are one of those CD’s, and you’re actually here… well, thank you.  This is a saturated business when it comes to actors so I hope my postcard brought a little humor to your day.  And if you’re just here passing by – drop me a line – I love hand writing letters and cards.  I’m still pen-pals with my Grandma!

Anyways, those postcards were a quick intro to me.  Perhaps it will help, perhaps they’ll end up in the trash, or maybe they’ll become your coaster for the day to protect your table from the iced red eye from Starbucks.  Nonetheless, I keep the hopes held high.

2018 has been a great year as I have finished work on a feature, 4 short films, 2 commercials, and one music video for Vance Joy.  The thing I am lacking is TV credits, so that is the goal for this year.  I look forward to asking, “Do you want fries with that?” on TV versus in real life.  That’s when you know you’ve made it, right?  Life imitating art… as long as we can find some humor and joy in the things we do and pursue, then we’re doing okay… Hope to hear from you soon.  Whoever you are.

-Scott

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The Normal Heart – Scene for Director Workshop

Here is a scene from The Normal Heart performed by Scott Bender for television director, Alec Smight.

In the scene, Ned (Scott Bender) is asking his brother, Ben, to help with their committee in the fight against the 1980’s AIDS/HIV break out.  Ned is a gay man while Ben is a straight man, and they have never seen eye-to-eye on this cause.

Scott performs the scene twice, once as practiced and once with a note from Alec to be more sarcastic and joking in the beginning and let that emotion ride out.

My Crazy Ex: Small Parts, False Starts, and Broken Hearts (S:4 E:6) on LME

Check out Scott play the friend we all loved and hated at the same time, Ray, in an episode of LME’s “My Crazy Ex”.

Aired on Feb. 8th, 2017, Scott can be seen in the first story (of three) in the episode linked below.  A combination of American Pie’s Stiffler and Ferris Bueller, you’ll be sure to laugh at Ray’s push to party.

http://www.mylifetime.com/shows/my-crazy-ex/season-4/episode-6