I got a chance to catch up with him before the event!
What’s your name?
What do you do?
I am an actor and writer. I play Linda Belcher in Bob’s Burgers.
Do you live in Jersey City?
I live in Brooklyn.
How did you get into what you currently do? How did it start?
In middle school and high school, I got into theater. Then I went into community theater. I had a hard time focusing, but I found my way into theater and haven’t looked back since then.
Then you started these YouTube videos.
Yeah, that was after years of performing onstage, doing my Mom character and a bunch of other characters with wigs. YouTube just came around, we put out this video around Christmastime, “The Tree.” We also shot “My Son is Gay” that day. They both went viral, which was exciting. It wasn’t expected. It took off from there with Bob’s Burgers. I was very fortunate to be cast without auditioning, which is very rare. It was one of those things where you put yourself out there and it works.
How do you feel digital media has changed in the past ten years?
It’s definitely more popular and a lot more people are throwing their hat into the ring, which is great, but or young kids and people who don’t have a lot going on money-wise or just have a camera, it’s a great thing. You can just turn your camera on and capture whatever you’re offering.
Tell me a little bit more about your support for TECCS.
I think it’s great that kids this age are making films. I went to the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and I don’t think we made a film. It’s cool to see.
Where can people find you or your work?
The FSA Performing Arts Program at The Ethical Community Charter School is an emerging after school enrichment program. It provides multimedia and performing arts opportunities to students free of charge. John Roberts is a supporter of the program and current movie project #LikeUsMovie. To see more of John’s advice to students follow @fsaperformingarts on Instagram and Facebook.