Interview With Dennis Andres
Happy New Year everyone!
Last year flew by (though at times it felt like we'd never make it to the end) and I'm ready for what 2018 has in store. Let's kick it off with my interview with actor Dennis Andres. He plays Ian in CBC's Workin' Moms. Dennis was kind enough to take some time to fill us in on just a few of the many projects he's working on. Check out the Q&A below:
I really felt for your character, Ian, in the first season of Workin’ Moms- what can we expect in season 2?
Unfortunately, I am quite limited in what I can discuss about season 2. But what I can say is that Workin’ Moms audience is in for quite the ride. I'll be able to reveal more closer to when it airs (later this month).
Not only have you wrapped up filming Workin’ Moms, but you’ve also recently worked on Dark Matter, Defective, and Star Trek Discovery - just to name a few. How do you juggle everything and what have you learned about yourself and your craft through working on those projects?
I spent a night, years ago, getting drunk on the patio of a pub with a country band frontman after one of his shows at what was then Copps Coliseum, in Hamilton. We talked about everything from life to the entertainment industry, family, and so on. He explained to me that his mother (who he had very recently lost, unfortunately) gave him the best life lesson he could have asked for. She said, “Son... you are only as good as the team you surround yourself with.” And for me, the biggest contributor as to why I am where I am at this stage - and I know, going further to all stages - is because of my team.
The biggest and most valuable thing I’ve learned about myself is: take ownership of everything in your life. Acknowledge your mistakes and shortcomings. Own all of your fuck-ups and failures. But also, take ownership of the good; the success, the growth, and of your seized opportunities. In regards to my work... take risks! Every chance you get! Figure out how to make each opportunity your own. Show em’ what YOU’D want to see.
Strive to be the best version of yourself.
I think it takes some people their whole career to accomplish half of what you have and I look forward to seeing what’s ahead as I know you have something major in the works. How would you define success?
Thank you very much...that’s very kind of you.
I seem to constantly learn new things about success. I find that people who work hard at succeeding never quite get there but for the simple reason that their goals evolve, adapt, grow and become more challenging along the way. Please don’t get me wrong - I am a heavy advocate for setting goals. Set many. But I find the ACT is the success or engine, and the goals... are fuel.
For more on Dennis Andres, check out his IMDb here and be sure to follow him on Instagram @denniscrandres.