Today I am joined by actor and author Gary Schwartz for a really fun interview. Gary’s new book is called The King of Average and is a fun take on middle-grade fiction. In this episode we talk about Gary’s unique journey to becoming a middle-grade author, including going on the road with Pete Seger at the age of 13, working in children’s television, voice acting, never giving up on your passions, and much more.
Gary Schwartz began his professional career as a mime at age 13, performing up and down the Hudson River with Pete Seeger and the great folk entertainers of the 1960s. In the 1980s he appeared in numerous film and television projects including the Oscar-winning feature film Quest for Fire. Schwartz has lent his voice to hundreds of film and TV projects and is the voice of several well-known video game characters, including Heavy Weapons Guy and Demoman in Team Fortress 2.
Schwartz has written for two children’s television series in which he co-starred: Zoobilee Zoo, where he played Bravo Fox; and the Disney Channel’s You and Me, Kid.
Schwartz studied with and became the protégé of Viola Spolin, the creator of Theater Games, the basis for improvisational theater in America. He is a passionate, dynamic improv coach and facilitator devoted to carrying on Spolin’s techniques.
Acting Blog: http://www.improv-odyssey.com/
Goodreads Author Page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14203127.Gary_Schwartz
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