Let me tell you about one of the great unsung careers in Hollywood history.
An actor who never stops working. With credits as far as the eye can see. Not just any credits, some of the best. He's worked with Spielberg, Todd Phillips, David Fincher, and Sam Raimi, just to name a few. Here's a partial list of things you've seen him in:
Catch Me If You Can
My Name is Earl
Curb Your Enthusiasm
The Social Network
Big Bang Theory
How I Met Your Mother
Parks and Recreation
His name is Jesse Heiman, and he's been working non-stop for the last 10 years.
There's a belief in the world that talent rises to the top. That if you work hard, and you're good at what you do, you will succeed. But in Hollywood, specifically with acting, that is not always the case.
These poor actors, they think if they take classes and hone their craft, there will be a place for them. However, acting is not like other things. Most writers don't write roles for great actors. They write roles for "types".
And so how much acting work you get often comes down to your look. Do you fit a type that's in a lot of things? Cause if you do, no matter how your acting is, you're probably going to find yourself in front of a camera.
Ladies and gentleman, Jesse Heiman is the perfect "type". He's the type that's in a huge percentage of scripts. And for that reason, he has never been at a loss for work.
May I present to you his acting reel:
The reason I know who Jesse Heiman even is is because I was one of the first people to cast him. It was on Mind of Mencia. And we needed a nerd. Not just a nerd, a Trekkie. I think you can see that he fits that bill. You see his head shot and you don't need to see any others.
The thing about Mind of Mencia though, is that some of the sketches were performed live, in front of a rowdy, mostly obese audience. It wasn't done in the safety of a soundstage with a camera and some crew.
It was a demanding environment. And let's just say Jesse was not prepared for this. Why? Because he's not an actor, he's a type. He's a face. It's just like if you're a hot girl, and you get the hot girl parts. Ironically, Jesse is the same as a hot girl (which will become funnier in a bit).
Rehearsals went fine. And then the audience came in. And the kid, just, FROZE. I could see him physically shaking. It was hard to watch. But the saving grace was this: his only line was in Klingon.
I honestly thought to myself, boy, this kid is never gonna work again. More importantly, he's never going to WANT to work again. And then, show after show, movie after movie, there he was. Everywhere. Every director/casting person in Hollywood was seeing the same head shot we saw. And he's just too perfect.
Well, the reason I'm bringing up all of this now is because Jesse Heiman is about to have the biggest moment of his career. He will be starring in a commercial during the Super Bowl. And this commercial will be the siren call to every perfect looking dork in the world to come to Hollywood.
Because wow, this is possible: