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"I certainly haven't made a living in movie on looks," says
Patrick, 41. "I don't have any great talent. But I've always been
one who won't take 'no' for an answer, and I've always been the
type person to ask questions so I can get to the bottom of
something. I want to know the answers so I'll know how it works."
After working as an extra and seeing the movie business as
something he might like to pursue, Patrick enrolled in a TV
commercial workshop. "It must've worked because I started working
in everything that came to Atlanta," he says "I did voice-overs on
the radio. I was in a billboard ad for Ford. They had me sitting
in a car, starting out the window, looking clueless, But I was
He read for a major part in coward of the County but didn't get
it, "But the producer, Dick Lowry, said 'You're not bad, I'm gonna
find you something to do.' So he gave me the part of a soldier who
had just come back from boot camp. Dick said, 'You don't mind
getting a little haircut, do you?" I said no. Well, they brought
out these clippers and shaved my head. I guess that impressed him
that willing to do that."
Patrick worked 28 days on coward of the county " commuting 140
miles a day and working as a stand-in, working as a stunt man,
getting Dick Lowery and Kenny Rogers lunch...whatever they wanted
me to do."
At the end of filming, Lowry invited Patrick to Hollywood to work
on another movie. "I loaded my suitcase and TV into my '66
Mustang, figuring I'd be gone about three weeks, " he says. "I
stayed 15 years."
His first month in Hollywood, Patrick worked 21 days as an actor.
"I found out about a thing in L.A. called the Breakdown Service,
"he says, "It's service that breaks down all the TV and movie
scripts and sends them to casting directors. I found out through
another actor that the Breakdown were delivered to the door of
these different agents, so I found where this one agent lived I'd
take a broomstick and, through the fence, rake the breakdowns over
to me, run make copies, bring them back, then go home and go
through all the parts. I had a friend in Atlanta who would pose my
agent and make calls from me. that's how got a lot of my work."
one of the breakdown called for a guest spot on an episode of
"I went in and read for the part, and the casting directors told
me to my face, 'You can't act. you've got some work to do,' "
Patrick recalls, "So I fed her a line about how I was gonna go to
"A month later, she calls me back in to read for the part again
when I get there, I am in this waiting area and I know almost
every person in there because I've seen them on TV - the guy who
played Emie on My three sons was one of them. They're all there to
read for the same part. I am after, So I know I've got about as
much chance landing this part as I do of flying.
"Somehow, I got the part. It was the episode where two men get
blown up, one gets killed and comes back as a ghost. It was
nominated for an Emmy."
Patrick has turned more to writing the past two years. Movie
rights to his first novel, White Trash in a Trailer Park, have
been purchased by HBO.
Some of the topics he will discuss at the seminar are how to write
a resume, submitting the right type headshots, finding an agent,
what to expect at an audition, what to look at when considering
acting classes, how to get your child into show business.
"I don't have all the answers," he says, "but I can tell you what
I've learned over the past 15 years. the main thing people need to
know is that I was just like all these extras working in A Time to
Kill. I knew It was something I wanted to Pursue, but I have no
idea how to go about it. Hopefully, I can lead some of those
people in the right direction."