For Adam Ray, there’s nothing unsettling about the unknown.
“If anything,” said Ray, “it’s an opportunity to see what you’re made of.”
With minimal formal training, Ray moved to Hollywood to pursue an acting career. The Fox School of Business alumnus, who appeared in two seasons of the HBO medical comedy series “Getting On,” is looking to continue his path in the Entertainment Capital of the World as an actor and producer.
Ray earned his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, with a focus in Marketing, in 2012. Along the way, the Phoenixville, Pa., native said he “took two theater electives,” stoking a deep-seeded interest. A few months after graduation, Ray put on hold his career plans and moved to Los Angeles.
“I at least had to see and experience the entertainment industry for myself,” he said. “I didn’t come to L.A. with the intention of staying here, but I knew that if I took a 9-to-5 job right after graduating, I’d never pursue acting.”
To expand his acting depth, Ray has studied at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in Los Angeles. Inspired on set by the show’s lead actor Laurie Metcalf, Ray started studying comedy at Lesly Kahn & Company in Hollywood. He also produced and co-produced two short films in 2015. Fellow Temple alumnus Alexander C. Fraser wrote and directed Ray’s first short, “Cabo,” which led to Ray meeting Al Pacino and Broadway director Robert Allan Ackerman.
Here’s a glimpse into a day in the life of Adam Ray:
Tuesday, Jan. 19
9 a.m. Start the day with a conversation with my agent to discuss an upcoming audition and the recent headshots that I’ve had taken.
9:30 a.m. Reviewing the trailer of a recent film in which I appeared. (I’m looking over it and getting ready to put some posts out to social media.)
10:15 a.m. Receive another call from my manager, who provides updates on a pitch she made to a director, Gabriel Hart, who became familiar with my work through an Instagram video.
10:45 a.m. Running through a scene for my audition, with former “Getting On” castmate, Verton Banks. We like to work together on material. I have a blast working with Verton, and can feel assured that I’m putting in the right work.
12 p.m. Meet in Burbank with a casting director whom I’ve gotten to know a bit from being called in for various auditions. It’s a casual chat, and we talk about our perspectives of the industry.
1 p.m. Stop by my place to have a bite to eat and to get ready for a pitch meeting for a script I recently optioned from a writer whose work I enjoy.
2 p.m. At the pitch meeting, which goes on for a while. We talk about what they thought of the script. They loved it and are considering a few actors that I’ve suggested. This looks promising.
4 p.m. Attend a seminar for producing new media content. I like to keep up-to-date with current news and ideas for producing material. As online content becomes more mainstream, it’s important to be aware of the changes.
6:30 p.m. Meet with a friend for dinner at Bosanova in Hollywood. It’s time to unwind a little bit and just talk about our day’s work and what’s coming up.
8 p.m. Head home to unwind, but I can’t help but jot down some ideas. I’ve developed a new hobby: Writing. Lately, I’ve been writing a few comedy sketches and shorts.
9:30 p.m. Watching the season finale of “Master of None.” Brilliant show!
11:00 p.m. Time to head to bed.