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Exclusive: Colton Tapp Discusses His Career, Craft and Best Actor Award

Exclusive: Colton Tapp Discusses His Career, Craft and Best Actor Award

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I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Colton Tapp, a rising star in Hollywood and recent winner of the best actor award at the Dallas Horror Film Festival for his role in “Something’s Here.”

For any actor to be successful in Hollywood, it’s important to always be working and taking advantage of any opportunity that will propel you to the next level. Colton Tapp has done just that, portraying roles in shorts, features, television, commercials and modeling for a few print ads with Big Picture Reps. Accomplishing a lot is an understatement when looking at Mr. Tapp’s resume, so having the opportunity to conduct an interview, and pick his brain on subjects about his career, craft, awards, upcoming projects and favorite parts about making movies, was a blessing for us here at FilmFad.


Here’s the interview in its entirety:

FilmFad

So, you were raised on a ranch in Dallas, TX. How did your career expand to Los Angeles?

Colton Tapp

A little different from having cattle in my backyard, right? I wouldn’t call moving to LA an expansion, though, more of a necessity to be closer to my LA-based manager and agency. Looking back, I was cast for some of my favorite projects right out of Texas. The thing with LA, though, is that there’s consistently an opportunity to present yourself to talented people, most of which are right down the street.

FilmFad

Who are some of biggest influences when it comes to acting?

Colton Tapp

Mark Ruffalo, Robert DeNiro.

FilmFad

What‘s a technique that you use for getting into character?

Colton Tapp

It’s usually outside-in for me. Physicality is the best base to get me into character. Body movements, posture, rhythm and pace. I embody the physical being of who I’m playing.

FilmFad

You recently received a best actor award from the Dallas Horror FilmFestival. Tell me about that project and the role you portrayed.

Colton Tapp

Yes, “Something’s Here”. The film is about a young dad and his daughter seemingly stuck with an unwanted being in their home. It’s very frightening and eerie all at once, which is always a win in my book. The director and I were happy about the finished piece. It was a tremendous feeling to see it received so well.

Colton Tapp in "Something's Here."

Colton Tapp in “Something’s Here.”

FilmFad

Is there a particular character type you’d like to portray but haven’t had the chance to yet?

Colton Tapp

The president.

FilmFad

You recently finished shooting “The Boundary.” This is a film in which scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson was a part of. Tell us about the project. Can you give us some stories?

Colton Tapp

Miles Cooper, a former military pilot and husband, is recruited by NASA to carry out a first-time mission to reach the newly-discovered edge of space and find out what’s on the other side. It’s fast, dangerous, romantic and heart-breaking. A large amount of the story takes place in space as well as in a fighter jet, so it was very exciting to work in a stunt/green-screen environment during that shooting period. And of course, NDT is in it, who I have a brain-crush on.

FilmFad

Give us an update on some more of your current projects, including those you finished and will soon start.

Colton Tapp

If you watch Fox News’ “Legends and Lies,” they just started season 2 and you’ll see me there. It’s a historical show re-enacting important American moments in the days of the early founders. In addition, I’m about to shoot a short film with an outstanding director and team called “Morning Rift”, a post-apocalyptic action/drama of a man and his wife trying to survive until tomorrow.

FilmFad

Any interest in writing, directing, or producing your own projects?

Colton Tapp

A number of the team from “Something’s Here”, the project that won multiple awards at the Dallas Horror Film Fest, got together with me to shoot a new film, “Death Road”. It’s a supernatural horror about a haunted road. oOoooo. I’m pretty pumped about it, it’s my first production! It’ll be Coming out soon and making a festival run.

FilmFad

What’s the best part about making a movie?

Colton Tapp

Getting to tell the story. Making a story that matters to the world is, to me, the best part about it.

FilmFad

You’re living in Los Angeles, which is a huge step many artists say they will take but never do. Have you any words of wisdom that may help ignite their ambitions to move out here and pursue their dreams? How about for those who have already moved out here and are trying to break into the business and gain opportunities?

Colton Tapp

A no is not an insult, it’s a no. Always be ready and willing to learn more about yourself and listen for the whisper of truth within every rejection.

In Conclusion…

Colton Tapp is a rising star with a lot of momentum behind him, and he’s not slowing down any time soon. Make sure to be on the lookout for his upcoming projects and his future roles in the industry.

I want to thank Mr. Tapp for taking the time out of his busy schedule to answer my questions and being a great interviewee. If you want a direct link to Colton’s upcoming projects and perhaps read more about him, links to his website and IMDB page will be posted below.

Colton Tapp’s Website

Colton Tapp’s IMDB Page

About The Author

Matt

Seeing "Stand By Me" at the age of 6 solidified Matt's ambition to be a part of the entertainment industry. After growing up in Northern Virginia, studying film at Old Dominion University and rising from intern to Stage Manager at a Dinner Theater, Matt found himself at a speed bump in his life and wanting to express himself in more of a substantial way than calling a cue or flying a line every night. This need for creative expression pushed him to take on the challenge of getting a Master's Degree, which sent him on a year-long endeavor that seemed to throw obstacles and setbacks from every direction. But now, Matt is a screenwriter with a Master's of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and a passion for film, video games and professional wrestling, looking to keep the ambitious 6-year-old inside of him alive by entertaining the world through various forms of entertainment.

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