TAEM- The Arts and Entertainment Magazine is excited to present actor Michael Adam Hamilton to all of our readers. Michael is not only a well-rounded actor, but has had much experience in the other facets of motion pictures. His work can also be found in the web series ‘Pink Slip’ which we feature in our magazine monthly.
Michael, our magazine is closely followed by many college students who are studying acting. Please tell us why you chose to take up this career and who was your greatest inspiration for doing so.
MAH- Honestly, this career initially found me. My sisters were all doing a show at Biddiford City Theatre. My mother picked me up from football and didn’t have time to “run me home”. So, I ended up in the lobby of this amazing community theater, bored. There I was, still sweaty and dirty from practice, waiting on my sisters when the director, Michael Hjort, came rushing out to speak with people signing others in. “Great!” he blurted out. “Are you here for one of the French resistance fighters?” “No”. I plainly uttered. Long story short, I ended of doing the show “A Little Princess” and falling in love with all of it. Acting was actually a side bonus that I developed skill and interest in. What really drew me in and what I still love is the feeling of community, of getting together with a bunch of people you otherwise would never know to create this common thing. I had a natural talent for singing, which had been nurtured by chorus and a musical family (all three of my sisters were at one point in Musica De Filia, the girl singers of Maine). The singing initially was what gave me opportunity. I bounced from one musical to another at City Theater. I was blessed enough to not even understand the stress of the audition process until around three years later. I didn’t understand, “I may not be cast.” I was just there to have fun. I learned from some great directors and actors in this community. In particular one person I owe thanks to is Michael Donavon, who cast me in many shows and gave me great opportunities. He also handed me my first disappointment, which turned out to be a great joy. We were doing Grease and I of course wanted to be good ol’ Danny Zuko. Who doesn’t want to be Danny? Well I think at the time I was 15, maybe 16 and Michael told me I wasn’t ready, I didn’t “have the guy yet”. They ended up using a guy named Tim who I think was 25. But Michael asked me to be Sonny. Here I am thinking I know the show from the Trevolta movie. Sonny is a short, fat, funny man, that’s not me! I’m not sure what I said to Donavon, but he somehow got what I was thinking. But, he challenged me: “This is your role, be it! Be my Sonny!” It ended up being one of the most memorable and fun characters/shows I ever did. And I was Sonny! I found all the quarks, the things that made him tick and I believe this is really when I became an actor. The best thing about this lesson was what it taught me about acting: Do not judge! Understand. (more…)