Calum Worthy Reveals What It's REALLY Like to Be Part of a TV Show
Aspiring actors and actresses, listen up—We've got the perfect video series if you'd like to better understand how a TV show is made.
In this show, Calum takes us behind-the-scenes of Lost Generation—a musical series on go90—to reveal how the show is made from start to finish.
We had the opportunity to chat with Calum about how this show brings viewers into the process of digital creation and how he personally started his career.
Scroll below to read what he shared!
Sweety High: Can you tell us about How a Show Becomes a Show? What have you enjoyed most about working on this project?
Calum Worthy: I'm so grateful that New Form made this show because I think there are a lot of people out there who really want to get involved in the TV industry, but have no idea how to do it. The great thing about this show is that it really walks you through what it's like to be on set. I've known some people who've had this idea of what working on a set would be like, and then they get there and it just wasn't what they expected. This show really shows you all aspects of filming from an actor's perspective.
SH: How did you personally get into show biz and why do you wish this series was around when you were first starting in the industry?
CW: I really do wish a show like this had come out 15 years ago when I first started acting, because I think it would have been a great lesson for me! I would have really approached filmmaking differently when I first started if I would have had this sort of information and knowledge.
Most people kind of go in blind, not knowing all the industry terminology that you need to know. So I love that this show really touches on all of that.
I first started acting because I grew up on an island called Victoria, BC, and, at that time, there was a huge tax incentive for shows to be shot on the island. My mom runs an amazing theater company through her school district, so I was always performing in that. One day there was an open call for extras on this movie called The Duke—a Disney movie.
I went into the audition, they took one look at me, and said, "Okay, you can be an extra for three days!"
And from there, I was like, "I love this, I love being on set and I just want to do this for the rest of my life." I was seven at this point.
Luckily, my parents supported my decision to act. They drove me to auditions all the time and they let me take acting classes. It took me two years before I booked my first big role. ????
SH: To you, what is the most exciting part about being in a show? Is it the beginning, the middle or the end?
CW: All of it. It's such a funny thing, because I think I've been on almost 75 shows or so, and every time I start a new project it feels like the first day of high school. You don't know everybody, you're trying to scope out the vibe of the show and you're nervous. I always get first-day jitters to this day. To me, the entire process feels like a new thing every time I start it.
SH: Do you have any advice for getting over those first-day jitters?
CW: Just be prepared—I think that is the biggest thing, even just in life. I've always been a firm believer that if you're really, really well prepared, then the nerves won't get to you as much. I spend many hours for many days before trying to prepare for a new role. And hopefully that shows once I get on set!
SH: What, in your opinion, is the most difficult part of being a part of a show or production?
CW: The most difficult part is getting the job, and then once you do get the job, the most difficult part is that there is so much involved and so many elements that you are not in control of. That that can be a really challenging process.
It's sometimes hard to just let go and trust the filmmakers to do a wonderful job. So far in my career, I've worked with unbelievable filmmakers who always do a fantastic job with the project. So I'm really lucky in that sense.
SH: You've written, produced and acted, what is it like being a part of all aspects of the process?
CW: I love it all. I just really love storytelling, and I want to do that for the rest of my life. I'm fortunate because I've been able to work on a diverse group of projects in the last few years.
Every day feels like it's the best moment, and I will say there is no greater satisfaction than when you finish a project—no matter what role you play in it.
SH: Are you working on any new or exciting projects that you can tell us about or is there anything that you want to share with our readers about what you're currently working on?
CW: I'm currently working on a Netflix show. I don't think I can talk about it too much as it's kind of on the downlow at the moment!
I will say, however, that Lost Generation, the show that I filmed while filming How a Show Becomes a Show, is very interesting.
Really I was filming two TV shows at once, because I was on the show and I was also filming the behind-the-scenes show whenever I wasn't filming—which is awesome, and I loved every single minute of it.
I would definitely advise you to check out Lost Generation and How a Show Becomes a Show because they are both awesome projects, especially if you watch them back-to-back.
It's a really cool way of understanding the filmmaking process—you see how it was made and then you see the show with its final product. Pretty cool.
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