One of the most important traits a director wants in any actor they hire, aside from talent, is reliability and commitment. Once we find an actor who we love working with, it’s a lot like falling in love. The chemistry and compatibility make the process a whole lot sweeter for everyone. I’ve had the privilege of working with one such actor, Warren Bub, on a play I co-wrote/directed and produced Off Broadway in NYC called: Marry, F*** or Kill. Warren played VINCE, a smooth talking married man, who will hit on anything with a skirt. Crude and explosive, Vince is addicted to the fighting from his dysfunctional marriage with Jean. He hungers to be a single man again, as he is left without any honor for anything. Warren took on this part brilliantly. Vince has a lot to give, but does not know how to give it. Warren was able to find the vulnerability behind the role, and this made him a crowd favorite each and every night.
Warren’s preparation, commitment, professionalism and drive separates him from most actors in this industry. When Warren says he is going to do something, not only does he do it, he goes above and beyond. No surprise that Warren is a successful working actor. I was interested in finding out how he does it? What does Warren do to keep booking roles?
I introduce you to the one and only: WARREN BUB! He is not only one of my favorite actors, but favorite people too.
- Tell us a little bit about yourself. Who is Warren Bub and where have we seen you? I was born and raised in the The Bronx, New York, where I still reside. I am the youngest of three children. Growing up, I was what I guess you would say was a “Jock”, very active in all types of sports (Hockey and Football primarily). When I was a kid, I always wanted to have the opportunity to try out for the Olympics, but unfortunately, it didn’t happen. I went on to coach High School Baseball, Hockey and Football for over 20 years.
On television, I am known for my recurring role of Dave Metzger on the FOX hit show – GOTHAM, directed by Mark Tonderai, and I was in an episode as Officer Barkley, which was directed by Oz Scott. I had a recurring role on the award winning HBO min-series, SHOW ME A HERO, directed by Paul Haggis. Other credits include: The CBS hit show- BULL, directed by Rodrigo Lopez; the pilot episode of the CBS show, LIMITLESS, directed by Marc Webb; multi-award winning NETFLIX hit, ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK, directed by Jodie Foster.
My film credits include: the multi-award winning film, PATTI CAKE$, (Sundance Film Festival in addition to the Cannes Film Festival) which also was nominated for a Spirit Award as “Best Picture” starring alongside Danielle MacDonald, Bridget Everett and Cathy Moriarty. I have also co-starred with Ralph Macchio in LOST CAT CORONA and starred in AMERICAN FANGO, which has received multiple awards in the U.S. as well as Europe, directed by Gabriele Altobelli.
My NYC theatre credits include: a stage reading of HARRY TOWNSEND’S LAST STAND starring Len Cariou; the workshop musical, STONEWALL, A RHAPSODY ON RESISTANCE, directed by Karen Carpenter; The Renegade Theatre production of LOVERS AND OTHER STRANGERS, directed by Steven Van Zandt. I also starred in multiple roles in The Off Broadway phenomenons, MY BIG GAY ITALIAN WEDDING and MY BIG GAY ITALIAN FUNERAL, both written and directed by Anthony Wilkinson. And I must not forgot to mention, my role in the Tennessee William’s Comedy/Musical THE MUTILATED (Drama League Award Nomination). And of course I can’t forgot to mention, my first lead in an Off Broadway show as Vince in the Joanne Mosconi hit, MARRY, F*** OR KILL,(NYC & LA)who I am grateful to for believing in me & giving me the opportunity. Training is very important to me, and I am a proud product of The Terry Schreiber Studio & H.B. Studio.
My biggest influence is family. “Without family….who are you?
2. How long have you been an actor and at what age did you decide you wanted to pursue this?
I have been acting on and off for the past 20 years, and the last 10 have been pretty much full time. I started out as a model, believe it or not but decided that it wasn’t for me. I shot a few regional commercials & got the acting bug and started to go in a different direction.
3. What advice would you give to anyone who is looking to pursue a career in acting? How do you recommend they start? What would you tell them to do first?
Go Slow and don’t try to do everything at once. Training is imperative. To this day I still train. Set high goals, but make sure they are reachable ones. Start by signing up for a casting breakdown site (it’s where acting jobs are posted), and then audition as much as you can for student films, do background work! Get on set as much as possible! Just listen and watch! You’ll be surprised from what you can learn by staying quiet. To start, get yourself some Headshots. In the beginning you should never pay more than $200-$300 for photographs.
- What is the greatest challenge for you as an actor? How do you overcome it?
That’s easy. Rejection! Over time you will get used to it, and everyone deals with it in a different way
- You have worked with the some pretty big names in your career. Can you name a few? What was the most important thing you learned from working with big household names?
For a director, that’s easy, Jodie Foster! She was amazing and giving in every way. Ms. Foster is definitely an actor’s director. Getting to work with Cathy Moriarty was a thrill, as well as Ralph Macchio, Vinny Pastore, and of course, Len Cariou. Cairou is amazing! He gets things out of you that you never knew you could do. A true pro!
6. One has to have tough skin to be in this industry. How do you hang in there and continue to audition and look for work?
Every day is a new day. Accept that almost 85% of the auditions you go on, you probably won’t book. I just look forward to the next one.
7. How would you recommend a beginning actor go about getting an agent? When is a good time in one’s career to look for one?
Probably the toughest thing to do in the industry. You will know when you are ready. One piece of advice, don’t try to be a small fish in the big sea. Start out slow, and be a big fish in a little pond and grow
8. What type of roles do you get cast in? What has been your favorite role you have ever played? Why?
In beginning, I used to get cast in a lot of NY-blue collar tough guy type roles. Find what you are comfortable with in the beginning, and also what you are good at. Use this to get in the door. And, like I said before, train, train, train and you will see how diverse you can become. My favorite role is the next role I get cast for.
9. You are a NYC actor? How is the scene in New York? Would you ever consider moving to Los Angeles?
It is a very very competitive, busy scene, I LOVE IT ! I have been to LA a few times to work and I love it there. Different animal. However Los Angeles is not a place I could live permanently. NYC is my home!
10. How did you start producing on Broadway? What have you produced so far? What is it like balancing your roles as both a producer and an actor?
By accident actually. I met someone through a friend, who knew the director of an Off Broadway show I was starring in with Mink Stole. We got into talking and I was curious. I was introduced to this veteran Broadway Producer Dennis Grimaldi & immediately took me under his wing to teach me the business and we are business partners still to this day. So I decided to give it a try. Being a producer is great. It helps you to understand the business in a whole new way. I try not to produce projects that I am working on as an actor. Why? Too many headaches! The Broadway shows I was fortunate to be a part of were LOVE LETTERS, written by A.R. Gurney, starring Brian Dennehy, Mia Farrow, Carol Burnett, Alan Alda & Candice Bergen & CHINA DOLL, Written by David Mamet, starring Al Pacino & Christopher Denham. Great experience.
11. Auditioning! Do you like it? What are your tricks to landing a role?
It is a necessary evil of the job. All I can say is the more you do it, the more relaxed you will become. I actually enjoy it now, I make it fun. My secret is: I say to myself when you get that moment of anxiety in the waiting room before you go in, “Hey you have worked in front of hundreds of people that have paid to see your work, Now I am gonna give this Director 2 minutes of my work for free. He/She is the lucky on” Do not audition for the job! Audition for your career! Audition to make that contact! If you come across desperate, the Casting Director will see that and move on. Go in, do the work, thank the reader (always thank the reader) say have a nice day and leave.
12. How much work do you put into going over the script before you get to set or the theater?
A lot, actually. It is our job as actors to build the character’s “back story”. We must explore and bring things out of the character that may not be on the page.
13. What was your worst audition ever?
I can’t remember. Once I leave the audition, good or bad. I leave it there.
14. Who is your dream director to work with?
I already got one in the books with Jodie Foster, but I would also like to work with Steven Spielberg and Marty Scorsese
15. What is next for Warren Bub?
Just being able to create and explore is all I look forward to.
Dream, always dream…If you do what you’ve done, you’ll always be what you’ve been…Time to make a change