20 questions with Vancouver actor Anthony F Ingram.
20 questions with Vancouver actor Anthony F Ingram.

Meet actor Anthony F Ingram.

Meet Anthony F Ingram

Anthony F. Ingram is Vancouver born and bred, having lived away from his home-town a total of one year out of forty-seven when he trained and worked at the Stratford Festival in Ontario. In addition to that training, he is a graduate of UBC and Studio 58. He’s been nominated for Jessie Richardson Awards as a director and actor, winning Best Actor for his performance as a serial killer in “Frozen”. He’s toured across the country with a number of theatre companies and has even played in San Jose California with Electric Company’s “Brilliant! The Blinding Enlightenment of Nikola Tesla”. In his spare time, Anthony reads extremely long novels, children’s picture books, watches Japanese films, tries to be a writer, and collects odd cover versions of popular songs. Anthony is scheduled to appear in Aaron Bushkowsky’s new play “Farewell, My Lovely” at the Arts Club next season.

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20 Questions with Anthony F Ingram

[dropcap]1[/dropcap]Your first job.

My Dad got me a job working for the Safeway Bread Plant that used to be just South of Marine Drive on Fraser Street. I was sixteen or seventeen. He’d worked grave-yard there for years. My first night I had to clean these huge machines, using an air hose to blow all the bread crumbs out of the machines … I was caked in sweat and bread crumbs by the end of the night.

[dropcap]2[/dropcap] The job you always wanted as a child.

I always wanted to be a rock star. – still do.

[dropcap]3[/dropcap] Your pet peeve.

Having started driving again after not having a car for thirteen years, I’d have to say the people who change lanes without signaling in advance or AT ALL, drive me right round the bend. What makes you a good driver is being predictable, so that other drivers can adjust safely to your actions.

[dropcap]4[/dropcap] Your hero.

My wife. She’s constantly coming to my rescue.

[dropcap]5[/dropcap] Your biggest indulgence.

Sleep. I can never sleep too much.

[dropcap]6[/dropcap] One thing no one knows about you (and you’re willing to share).

I once spent a night drinking with Kevin Spacey.

[dropcap]7[/dropcap] Three things you would want with you on a deserted island.

A subscription to the New York Times crossword, a guitar, and Garage Band.

[dropcap]8[/dropcap] The one word your best friend would use to describe you.

“Bro.” And no, we’re both white and we’re not related.

[dropcap]9[/dropcap] If you were not an actor what would you be doing right now?

Begging for change on Granville Street. Or, feeding worms.

[dropcap]10[/dropcap] Hero or villain?

While I think people who prey on others are completely reprehensible, I’d have to say that, given the choice, I’d choose villain; for the simple reason that it’s probably the less stressful lifestyle of the two. Heroes have to make decisions based on pesky things like morals. They have to make important value judgments all the time, like “hmmmm, should I save the kid from falling off that bridge or should I stop the bomb from going off in the bank?” Villains have it so easy. They just do what they like when they like. That’s the easy life, man.

[dropcap]11[/dropcap] Your life’s motto/mantra.

I have two: “Limitations lead to innovation.” and “Furniture is Death.”

[dropcap]12[/dropcap] Your favourite playwright or author.

Really impossible to pick one person. W.B. Yeats, Howard Barker, Douglas Adams, Salman Rushdie, David Mitchell, Noel Coward.

[dropcap]13[/dropcap] The last book you read.

The Mystery of Edwin Drood – Charles Dickens’ last (and unfinished) novel.

[dropcap]14[/dropcap] If you were a breakfast cereal what breakfast cereal would you be?

Fruit Loops.

[dropcap]15[/dropcap] What will it say on your grave marker?

That’ll do, pig.

[dropcap]16[/dropcap] Who would you most like to have dinner with?

Anyone who doesn’t talk too much, doesn’t expect me to talk a lot, and is going to pick up the tab.

[dropcap]17[/dropcap] Your idea of happiness.

I think I would achieve happiness if I could feel the freedom to live and create without fear of failure and ridicule. This fear is the most paralyzing thing in the world. It’s easy to call it procrastination, but really it’s not. It’s fear. And it’s mortally debilitating.

[dropcap]18[/dropcap] If you could go back in time, what would you tell your twenty year old self?

Find better things to spend your money on and stop trying to act like an adult.

[dropcap]19[/dropcap] The one thing in your life that makes you most proud.

Ummmm … that I’ve survived. Well … really, I suppose it’s that I’ve been able to get a handle on my depression with the help of a great doctor and a patient spouse and have been able to beat down the demons for the last few years.

[dropcap]20[/dropcap] To be or not to be?

Not.