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Rising Star Max Belmonte of ‘Two Unemployed Actors Podcast’ On The Five Things You Need To Shine In The Entertainment Industry

Relax and enjoy every acting opportunity. Rather than always focusing on where the next opportunity could come from.

Be brave with your choices in a role.

Network. Go to as many industry events as you can. Learn and have fun.

As a part of our series about pop culture’s rising stars, I had the distinct pleasure of interviewing Max Belmonte.

Meet Max Belmonte, who left his successful corporate career to pursue acting. You might have seen him on Home & Away or in films like The Interrogation and Water under the Bridge. With a long list of accolades, spreading his time across LA and Sydney, Max credits a pragmatic approach to his career success having worked across film, theater and presenting. Max is also the host of the popular podcast “Two Unemployed Actors”.

Thank you so much for joining us in this interview series! Can you tell us the story of how you grew up?

I still consider Melbourne my hometown even though I left at 18. I moved around a lot during my primary school days, going from a city school to the country, and even interstate, before finally living in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne throughout my high school education.

Can you share a story with us about what brought you to this specific career path?

Even in primary school I enjoyed performing, in the school plays and just making my friends laugh. I knew before I was a teenager that I had a passion for Acting, but I never thought it was possible for me to turn it into a career. I thought it was unachievable. When I moved to Queensland at 18 and found an agent I still didn’t take Acting that seriously. After securing regular work as a featured extra the corporate world took my focus and it wasn’t until 20 years later that I returned to Acting.

Can you tell us the most interesting story that happened to you since you began your career?

The challenge for me was managing my passion for performing and my passion for business. During high school, I was involved in Radio, specifically a community dance music radio station called Hitz FM 89.9. It was a radio station run by young people for young people. And this was at a time many multinationals were struggling to reach a teen market authentically. I loved helping to organise outside broadcasts, promotions, driving the cruiser. I made many friends and learnt many skills, first of which was that I could have lots of fun in a creative industry and still be focused on the business side. Both the creative and business passions I had were fueled when I moved to the Gold Coast. While working as an Actor I was also a DJ producing and hosting 24hrs of content a week and working a few days a week as a Sales Rep for national food manufacturer. After three years they sat me down and explained how they wanted to promote me and move me through the business, but obviously full time. I did seriously consider not taking the opportunity and focusing on my Acting, but I felt I needed to explore my business side. I did this knowing full well that I would come back to Acting, and twenty years later, here I am.

Can you share a story about the funniest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?

My first Agent in Queensland sent me out as a Featured Extra as a ‘Biology student’ on the set of “The New Adventures of Flipper” where I got to work alongside some great talent over four years of filming the series, including a young Jessica Alba. I remember one scene where another Actor and I were set up inside the Aquarium room. We were having a great time catching up and talking to the fish, we forgot to watch the 1st AD for our action and had a lecture about talking through a take. To be fair it was hard to hear in there! It was such a fun and professional shoot, although in four years of filming I never got to swim with the Dolphins.

What are some of the most interesting or exciting projects you are working on now?

While keeping my Acting skills sharp and staying work fit I’m working on the fourth season of my Podcast “Two Unemployed Actors”. It is so rewarding to help other up & coming Actors with tips and tricks I pick up as I learn and interview other industry professionals. I’m also writing a Television Series that will be pitch ready shortly.

Do you have any words of advice for others who may want to embark on this career path, but seem daunted by the prospect of failure?

Do your best to appreciate the business side. It will provide you with the perspective you need to keep motivated.

We are very interested in diversity in the entertainment industry. Can you share three reasons with our readers about why you think it’s important to have diversity represented in film and television? How can that potentially affect our culture?

It is fantastic to see diversity represented on the sets I work on. People need to be able to see themselves in the stories we bring to life in the industry.

What are your “5 things I wish someone told me when I first started” and why? Please share a story or example for each.

Relax and enjoy every acting opportunity. Rather than always focusing on where the next opportunity could come from.

Be brave with your choices in a role.

Network. Go to as many industry events as you can. Learn and have fun.

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?

Build a network of other like-minded and driven Actors who can help you to stay focused, provide constructive feedback, and stay work fit and ready for any opportunity. It is so easy to feel as though you are on your own.

Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share how that was relevant to you in your life?

“When you’re being creative there is no such thing as a mistake.”
John Cleese

I had to remind myself of this when coming back into Acting from the Corporate world. After 20 years of hiding my emotions, I needed to boost my confidence and shake off a bout of imposter syndrome.

Is there a person in the world, or in the US whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch with, and why? He or she might just see this, especially if we tag them. :-)

I would love to have lunch with Margot Robbie. An Australian from Queensland who is an amazing Actor and has established their own Production Company in L.A. I would really enjoy a few moments to pick her brain!

How can our readers follow you online?

www.maxbelmonte.com and by following, downloading, and listening to my Podcast www.twounemployedactors.com

This was very meaningful, thank you so much! We wish you continued success!

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Edward Sylvan, CEO of Sycamore Entertainment Group

Edward Sylvan, CEO of Sycamore Entertainment Group

Specializing in acquiring, producing and distributing films about equality, diversity and other thought provoking subjects