S. Joe Downing
S. Joe Downing
Actor in 2017 Official Selection "Conduit" and 2018 Best SciFi Short Film "Safe"
What is your name, company name, and URL?
What is your specialty: filmmaking or screenwriting? If filmmaking, which aspects?
What are you currently working on?
I’m currently going to be working on a project called Days of Salvation by Amrik Pabla. It’s a series about a man who wakes up without remembering anything after a blast in a post-apocalyptic setting.
Sounds fun. Who do you consider your mentor and why?
I’d say anyone who I can learn from can be my mentor. Life is about living and it doesn’t matter what sex, race or age someone is- I’m eager to learn.
Why do you think the horror/sci-fi genres have such a large following?
I think people love that adrenaline and feeling of not knowing what will happen. They assume they know and sometimes they are right but sometimes they are wrong and they love that surprise and feeling of shock.
What do you love most about this business?
I love working on different films and being able to bring something different every time. The psychology aspect of digging into a character intrigued me and it causes me to become more mindful in my own life.
That is so very true! What do you dislike most about this business?
I’m not attracted to egos and people who flaunt success. I think we all have successes in the biz and we should be proud but not impose it onto others.
What career accomplishment are you most proud of?
I have a film called ECCO coming out in major cities that I was fortunate enough to be a part of. I only had a small role but it was a pleasant surprise that it’s being distributed to theaters.
Congrats! Any advice you'd like to give to newbies?
It’s true what they say, “Never Give Up”, “Fail forward”, and “take one step at a time.”
Great advice! Anything else you'd like to say?
I’m always looking for new opportunities and characters to play.
Thank you. It was great chatting!