“My goal is to be a better actor tomorrow than I am today, that became and still is my credo.“~ Marcelo Tubert
Today’s guest was born in Argentina, moved to LA at a young age, felt very lost with his career, almost quit after his first TV role, and eventually booked a job that changed his life.
Plus, we get a quick look at Marcelo’s process with a voiceover audition for a video game, and you’ll hear what he sent in!
I am so glad I’ve had the opportunity to connect with him more over the past couple of years and involve him in the workshops we’ve been doing, like King John and The Merchant of Venice, which you can check out on the podcast and YouTube. He’s such a funny, humble, and kind individual.
It was fascinating to hear about the many ups and downs, and all the relationships, mentors, and teachers who helped him along the way. We covered a LOT of ground, so get ready for a very full ride. A lot of laughs too.
About the guest
Marcelo Tubert has been a working actor for 40 years, with over 160 IMDB credits across film, tv, and animation (plus all the unlisted video game and dubbing work he’s done).
He received the 2005 Ovation Award as Best Supporting Actor for his work in San Fran Scapin, an adaptation of Moliere’s Scapin and is a founding member of the Antaeus Theater Company. He recently appeared on episodes of Star Trek: Picard and Disney’s Diary of a Future President.
Born in Argentina, Marcelo moved with his family to Southern California at the age of 7. A devoted family man, Marcelo and his wife, Lori, have two daughters, Emily, a pro golfer, and Sarah, an aspiring Actress, Make-Up Artist, and Captain of The USA Deaf Woman’s Volleyball Team. Marcelo’s passions include fly fishing and cooking, which he shares with his daughters.
Please enjoy my chat with Marcelo Tubert!
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Marcelo Tubert around the web
- Doing dubbing work on Netflix shows and what it’s like in the room
- Working with different versions of the same language
- Growing up in Argentina during the revolution
- His unexpected stage debut at the age of 3 years old
- What brought his family to Los Angeles and growing up in Pomona
- Watching his dad hustle and build his own business in LA
- Feeling lost and lazy in high school, but wanting to be an actor
- Not knowing what he was going to do and being at LA City College
- Getting married at 23 to an actress and being unsure of himself
- Making a connection with an older actor who became a mentor
- Working as a dialogue coach which led to meeting the casting director
- The crazy thing the he did at an audition and he still got the job
- Falling into a commercial class and then scene study classes
- Landing his first agent, who answered the phone during his audition
- His first TV job that that gave him a panic attack
- Why he thought about quitting acting after that experience
- Feeling tired of being poor and then working in corporate America
- The moment (and acting job) that changed his life forever
- How he thinks about the trajectory of his career
- What it’s like revisiting a part 15 years later and how instincts resurface
- What he looks for in roles and how he tries to identify with the characters
- How he works on a voiceover audition and being really proud of his work
- The advice from Gordon Hunt of dealing with the business of acting
- What he would tell his younger self and what he shares with his daughter
- The hobby that helps him think about nothing and what else he enjoys doing
Selected People and Items Mentioned
- Money Heist
- Los Angeles City College
- Alejandro Rey, actor
- The Actor’s Studio
- Villa Alegre on PBS with Alejandro Rey
- Tom Wolfe’s Los Angeles
- Tom Wolfe, author
- Ed Hooks, acting teacher
- Gordon Hunt, director and acting teacher
- Art LaFleur, actor and coach
- David Mamet’s Speed the Plow
- Nat Bernstein, producer and writer
- Simon and Simon
- Hart to Hart with Robert Wagner, Stephanie Powers
- Eugene Ionesco, playwright
- Norman Seeff, director and photographer
- Lillian Garrett-Groag, playwright, director and actress
- Antaeus Theatre Company
- Ladies of the Camellias
- Michael Bell, voiceactor
Marcelo and cast with Eugene Ionesco, photo by Norman Seeff
From the production of “Ionesco’s Tales for People Under 3 Years of Age” at Stages Theatre Center in LA, 1982