Magazine article Variety

My First Time in Variety

Magazine article Variety

My First Time in Variety

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August15, 1996

"Alien Avengers"

Anthony Anderson, who won an NAACP Image Award this year for his starring role on ABC's "Black-ish," has also earned kudos for his work on "Barbershop" and "The Departed." But it was a part in the TV sci-fier "Alien Avengers" and in Nickelodeon's Big Helpa-Thon that were his entre to Variety, timgray

How did you get involved with Help-a-Thon?

I was on the Saturday-morning TV show "Hang Time." When Nickelodeon asked me to come on, I jumped at that opportunity. It was about donating time to your community - and it was cool to just be a part of that movement.

How did you break into the biz?

I got an acting scholarship to Howard University, and then returned to L.A. I didn't even have agents, but I would crash friends' auditions. Casting director Jaki Brown-Karman saw something in me, and would call me for auditions. I was green and nervous about the industry. She said, "You need a picture and a resume. You need representation. Nobody's going to take you seriously if you don't take the business seriously." Jaki advised me to continue studying, to get into a class, to hone my craft.

Was that a scary time?

I wasn't afraid of success or failure, I was afraid of the unknown. It wasn't "Am I good enough? …

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