“Law & Order: SVU” actor adapts to keep living the dream 

By Kelly Montgomery

Ron Parson smiling
Actor Ron Parson struggled finding work when COVID-19 halted many productions, but he adapted and got his family into the act in a TV ad for Camelback Resort.

Actors unable to work for more than a year because of COVID-19 shutdowns had to adapt to a new normal.

Ron Parson is just one of many actors who felt the pandemic’s effects. Not being able to film or audition in person for what he loves doing had a serious impact on him. 

However, Parson, who has been acting since he was a kid, stayed motivated, adapted and landed new roles. Most importantly, he continues to smile and dream as he looks to the future. 

Q: Tell me a little about yourself and where you grew up. 

I grew up in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. Ever since I can remember, I have dreamed about doing impossible things. I’m now a 40-year-old man with three daughters. I love sports and am a comic book nerd. 

Q: What were the impossible things you dreamed of? 

I dreamed of being an actor on TV and in movies. It’s all I ever wanted to do. But I never did drama in high school because I didn’t want kids to make fun of me. Yup, I used to care what people thought of me. 

Q: Do you come from a family of performers?

No. My mother always wanted to be an actress but never went for it. She was too scared. Maybe I was living out her dream. I don’t know. But today, my daughters act. We even do commercials together. My youngest just got the lead in a school play. I’m very proud of that. So, I guess we are a family of performers.

Q: How did you know performing is what you wanted to do?

I just like making people happy. I like people to smile. I did drama when I was little, and I loved it. But, I stopped in high school because I wanted to be with the “cool kids.”

Q: How do you usually prepare for an audition? Has anything in your preparation changed over the years?

I used to get nervous and psych myself out. Now that I’m a little older, I’m calmer. Confidence, not cockiness. I know I’m good, and if I prepare, I’m great. It’s all about preparation. I just think to myself that I’m going to get the part and that I can’t be touched. All confidence. It’s the same approach I used when I used to play sports. 

Q: Has there ever been a role you felt prepared for and confident in that you didn’t get? 

Yeah. Those hurt, but it’s the nature of the business. Wawa, PA lottery, a role on a television show called “Servant,” and a small part in a Kevin Hart movie. I did a good job, but not good enough. You just have to take your lumps and get back up. 

Q: On the flip side, do you have a role you got that has been your favorite?

Anything role I do with my family. We just did a commercial for Camelback Resort. Three days of filming. The whole family was in it, and we were the leads. That was amazing. Those are the fun ones. I also loved playing a guy in a short film called “Lockbox.” My character was deranged. I loved playing a bad guy. 

Q: What about playing a bad guy did you love?

Everything! Being evil. The script was amazing. The director was awesome. He trusted us and let us have fun. “Lockbox” should be streaming soon. Hopefully on Netflix or Hulu. Fingers crossed. 

Q: That’s awesome!! It’s great that filming and the arts are somewhat getting back to normal. How did COVID-19 personally impact you when you weren’t able to perform?

I hated it because it changed everything. I didn’t get to work that year. Hurt my pockets big time. Also, the way they do auditions changed. It’s all about self-tapes now. Fun times. 

Q: So, you prefer in-person auditions over self-tapes?

Absolutely. I hate self-tapes. Auditioning in person is way more personal because I get to know the director, and they get to know me. 

Q: That is very true! Do you have an actor whose career you would like to emulate, and why?

Joaquin Phoenix. The man is so talented. I’m glued to the screen when he’s on. Watch “Her.” It’s about a man falling in love with AI. Sounds dumb, I know…but he pulled it off. I even cried. I felt for his character. I also love DeNiro and Pacino. Any of the greats. If I could have half of their success, I’d be happy. 

Q: If you had a chance to sit down with Joaquin Phoenix and ask him only one question, what would it be?

How do you keep going after all the rejections? I mean, he wasn’t always super successful. 

Q: Agreed. Final question, how do you see your career progressing over the next five years?

Hopefully, I will be done with commercials and be acting more in television and film. Not Indie films. Real stuff. I also want to help my kid that acts go further than I ever did.  

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