David Wunderlich

Year:
2012
Major:
Communication Studies
Residence:
Los Angeles, Calif.
Career:
Actor, filmmaker
In a nutshell, what do you do?
My main focus is acting; it’s what I love and what I came out here to do. However, this year, I’ve been involved on the other side of the camera as well. I started my own company, Break Free Productions, as a platform to create and cast myself in my own work. It’s been quite the learning curve, but incredibly rewarding as well.
What are you working on right now?
As I’m writing this, I just stepped off the set of General Hospital. I recur on that show as the bartender at the Metro Court Restaurant. I’m also currently in the process of submitting a short film I produced and starred in to various festivals locally, nationally and internationally. It’s something I’ve been working on with some colleagues for the past six months, and now the film is finally finished and we’re in the process of getting it out there and (hopefully) being recognized for our hard work. This film has taught me so much about the filmmaking process. I’ve been there every step of the way from inception to completion, and then some! It’s insane the amount of work it takes to get a movie made. I have a whole new appreciation now when I sit down and watch a film.
Why do you love what you do?
I’ve loved movies for as long as I can remember. I’ve always been fascinated by actors, too. I can remember as a kid watching the red carpet just to see the interviews of the actors and then changing the channel as soon as the awards started because I didn’t know any of the movies that were nominated! There was just always something so unique and authentic about actors and from a very young age it’s been a quality I’ve admired. And once I started acting, I knew why this quality exists in actors. Learning to be a better actor is learning to live a fuller life, plain and simple. Any reservations you have as an actor are the same reservations you have in your life, and learning to work through those is unbelievably rewarding.

It’s also because of the way films have affected my life. Films have the power to open your mind and your heart to something, or to bring clarity to a struggle you’ve been dealing with, and even to change the direction of your life. It’s happened to me so many times, and my hope is that I can someday return the favor, maybe help some kid realize his dream.
How did Albion help you get there?
I did my first play at Albion. Albion also gave me the opportunity to come out to LA and intern on the set of Cougar Town my junior year, and it was during that internship that I decided I was going to go all in and pursue acting as a career. If it weren’t for my four years at Albion, I might not even be out here right now. But, ultimately, the liberal arts education I received there has helped me more than I had ever imagined. I opened my mind through it, and nothing could be more helpful for a career in the arts. 
For me, Albion...
...is a place I'll always look back at and smile. The classes, the football games, the Greek life, and most importantly the friends, are some of the best memories I'll ever have.
Anything else you'd like to add?
The older I get, the more I realize, especially in this day and age, you can make money doing anything you want to! People are inventing new jobs every single day. Find what you love, whatever it is that you’d gladly do for free, and go make a living out of it. Don’t take the safe route, it’s not even guaranteed to be safe! So take a risk, do what you love and find a way to make money doing it. That’s what you got an education for, isn’t it? Use it!

Take It Further: David's IMDB profile, Communication Studies, Theatre