Okay, so this is a family connection, believe it or not.
Tyler Jon Olson, known more colloquially in my circle as “Erin’s Tyler”, is actually the boyfriend of my sister-in-law, who lives in Los Angeles. Tyler and I have never met face to face, but we’ve been following with some fascination his rise in the Hollywood scene. Over the past few years he’s had roles in movies with Bruce Willis, Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and other heavyweights. These people – once his heroes – are now his friends and colleagues, which is still pretty surreal, even for him.
But what struck me about this conversation is Tyler’s devotion to the craft of acting. He continues to study acting, to improve is work, to push himself as an artist. In a place where I suspect it’s very easy to chase and get caught up in the glitz and the red carpets and the fame, he just wants to work. He wants to act. He wants to pursue this passion of his and develop it to the best of his ability.
How refreshing is that?
And so it’s been a 20-year ascent for Tyler Jon Olson, from indie films and commercials to an appearance on The Big Bang Theory and eventually being cast in films with the big dogs. He’s had to earn those roles and that position. He’s had to a do a grind that would wear out a lot of people who were in it for the wrong reasons. His story is instructive for anyone who is a performer or artist. It’s a reminder that the art should come first. The craft should come before the crowd. The work is what will fulfill you and bring the success you may seek.
This was a really fun and inspiring conversation. It was great to listen to Tyler’s stories about Hollywood legends, as well as the steps that led him to where he is today. He’s a humble guy and an impressively dedicated actor whose effort is paying off in a big way.
I hope you’ll take as much inspiration from this one as I did.
Learn more about Tyler via his IMDB profile.
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