Less than a month after graduating from The University of Texas at Austin I got a call to go see Beth Sepko with an audition for a new movie Luke and Owen Wilson were shooting. This is what is great about Beth and working in Austin. I went in to read for the part and Beth asked me to stick around and read for another film she was casting. She was casting three films concurrently because Beth is a boss.
That second film was Man of The House starring Tommy Lee Jones. Beth had me read two parts for the film and I left. A month later they invited me to the table read where the director, Stephen Herek, asked me to play this friend of the protagonists' neighbor! (How's that for credit?) He was eventually given the name Clay.
I started with one scene. Stephen wanted me to play around a bit and by the end of the day they were writing more material for my character. I also got to work opposite the legend that is Shea Whigham who could not have been more kind and supportive of a first time professional actor. All told a great way to earn a SAG card.