May 29, 2018
Not many people would be willing to make a wholesale change in
careers at age 50, but our guest on the show did just that.
Steve Hochman left the predictable world of being a financial
advisor to pursue his love of acting and his goal of becoming a
working actor. He has laid out a plan to achieve that and is
Join us as we discuss what drove him to make the big change
and why for him it isn’t considered a risky move. We talk about the
process of breaking into a competitive industry as well as the
creative process to bring a character to life. We also talk
about the support he has to follow his dreams and what he is
willing to give up to reach his goals.
In Steve’s first few weeks of being full time he has already
been on a 7 day shoot for Carnival Cruise Lines and has several
3:15 Out of college he starts his career as a stock broker
because he loved to help people out
4:25 Talks about what kept him in the financial field for over
7:40 Decides to quit his corporate job to become an
actor and talks about his passion for acting.
8:55 What changes Steve had to make to go from a corporate job
9:55 His experiences that made him wonder about acting and
some of the things that kept him from it pursuing it earlier.
15:15 Learned to focus on the things he can control.
18:15 The process he went through telling people he was
transitioning to acting.
23:00 Discusses the business aspect of acting.
24:45 Acting school and talent agents: the process of getting
prepared to do the business of acting.
29:25 His process for auditions.
33.25 Most acting jobs are gotten with short notice so the
lifestyle conflicts with corporate needs. Acting requires a
different set of skills and priorities.
35:40 Loves the creative process and the satisfaction it
36:45 Dealing with the inner critic.
38:20 Acting is more about listening than reading lines.
41:15 How the acting workshops work in building an
42:05 The influence that social media has on acting.
Steve’s main social media vehicle.
45:20 Loves to do outdoor activities in Florida.
47:20 Limited opportunities for acting in Florida so may have
to relocate. Looking for an agent in the Atlanta area.
49:00 Lots of support from fiancee.
50:40 Defining success and how he celebrates it.
52:50 What advice would he give his younger self. Don’t
judge yourself too harshly and don’t worry so much about what
55:50 What insight has turning 50 given you. Live life,
it just takes longer to recover.
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