Gary Marks is not someone who speaks about himself in the third person. So, I’m just going to tell you about myself. Although I grew up in LA, I tried to do everything I could to stay away from the entertainment business. (Because I grew up in LA.) That trek took me across the country, to Brown University, where I graduated with a degree in English & American Literature, still not close to acting. But, during my junior year, on a trip through Connecticut, I visited the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, where I observed students doing Chekov for the camera at the National Theater Institute. I was hooked, and I attended NTI for my final semester of college. And there I fell in love with acting. Afterward, I returned to Los Angeles, where I got my MFA in acting from UCLA, and also took time to attend the British American Drama Academy in Oxford.
I worked as an actor for roughly ten years before landing a role on the WB network’s one-hour dramedy Jack & Jill. While I loved acting on the show, I began to fall in love with everything else happening around me, and before long, I knew that I wanted to control the whole world, not just the lines I had to say while standing on my mark.
And so I transitioned to writing and producing, selling my first screenplay shortly thereafter, a script that later became my first film (co-written with Gwyn Lurie), THE MUSIC NEVER STOPPED. It opened the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, was bought and released by Roadside Attractions and Lionsgate.
Over the next several years, I wrote, produced and directed many hours of television and film, some of which I’m still doing. While turning away from acting as my profession, I always remained connected to it, and my love of actors never waned. Then one day, during the writing of my most current feature film, MY BOYFRIEND’S MEDS, I was asked by my co-writer to coach a friend of her son’s, who at 15 had decided he wanted to act. I shrugged ok, we began working together, and six weeks later he was starring as the title character in a Disney TV series.
I figured I should devote more time to coaching actors. Plus, I loved it. And, now you’re caught up. Except to say that, over the years of coaching successful clients, I’ve developed a way of approaching auditions that I think gives actors the best chance they have of landing the role and taking the guesswork and nerves out of the audition process. I’ve spent the last few years developing a way to crystalize it into workshops that I give around the country.
Whether it’s as a private coaching client, at a workshop, or just answering a question you may have here, I look forward to meeting you.