In show business an artist is only as good as the last thing they’ve done and the next thing they’ve got in the pipeline. This is why comedian/actor Monty Geer is not resting on his laurels. In this exclusive discussion with the “Awkward” actor, we learn how social media is helping him stay both – relevant and on top of his “A-game”.
Who or what drew you to acting as a professional career aspiration?
When I was 10 years old, I would stay up and watch Saturday Night Live every week. I loved John Belushi, Chevy Chase, and Dan Aykroyd. Watching all those talented actors and comedians gave me the acting bug and I began making my own videos since then. They were mostly stop motion videos with Legos.
How long were you acting before you landed your first high profile TV show or film, and what was that project?
It took a long time, before I landed my first big thing. When I was 16 years old, I began taking the train to NYC and did stand up and improv there for a few years. I even had to get a fake ID just so they would let me in the clubs. I booked commercials and shot a lot of my own content, but nothing big. The first guest staring role I booked was on the show We The People With Gloria Allred. It was a court show that was supposed to look real. So I had to improvise a case of how my ex burned all my clothes on my yard.
Let’s talk about “Awkward.” How has that show helped your career?
Awkward has done absolutely amazing things for my career. It has opened so many doors for me and made it possible for me to audition for Spielberg and J.J. Abrams… I mean, granted they didn’t cast me… or probably don’t remember me at all… But they still saw me! I have also learned so much from being on the show for two years and it has been a blessing that the Executive Producers cast me.
You’re currently doing a social media series of comedy skits. What sparked that idea, and what’s your ultimate goal with it?
I actually broke both my feet climbing down from a roof. I was confined in a room and had to use a wheelchair for 2 months. So, to stay sane I made a few funny Snapchats on @MontyGeer, which were very popular. Eventually I remembered why I got into this field in the first place, and that’s to create my own content and so I decided to make more videos and post them on Instagram. So every week I post a new video with another celebrity on my Instagram, @MontyGeer. Our lastest videos starred some of my Awkward. cast-mates Jillian Rose Reed, Niko Pepaj, and Sosie Bacon. My goal is to continue making my own films just like Seth Rogen does.
Do you have a name for the skit series yet; if so, what’s it called and where can people check out some of the stuff you’re doing?
I do not have a name yet, but it’s on my Instagram, FB, and Twitter @MontyGeer. The longer versions of the videos are on my director Albert Lopez’s YouTube page. (https://www.youtube.com/user/editorialonmars)
What advice or inspiration would you give to other actors who might be struggling with finding work opportunities?
Make content. I know you hear that all the time, but do it. Especially if you are not auditioning every week. I have a lot of opportunities, and yet it is still frustrating and sometimes I feel like I’m not going anywhere. The opportunities available to you do not matter; what matters is that you are constantly improving your craft and throwing yourself out there. As the 15-time SNL host Steve Martin has said, “Be so good they can’t ignore you.”