How To Become A Super Successful Commercial Actor

By on October 30, 2014 in ArticlesHow Much Does

Last Friday I was sitting in a bar getting ready to watch game three of the World Series when something pretty cool happened. Right after the national anthem was sung, and the military jets did a fly-over, the game cut to commercial. Normally that's not a big deal. But in this case, the very first commercial that played (for the new Samsung Note) happened to star my friend Josh Breeding. I blurted out "I know that guy!" but everyone was too busy pounding Fireball shots. Fast forward to tonight, and I see the same commercial again. And this time it aired during the first commercial break of LeBron James' homecoming game in Cleveland. Over the last couple years it seems like Josh has booked dozens of nationally televised commercials that all tend to air during major television events like the Oscars, the Super Bowl or the World Series. So what's that like? Is that a full time job? And how does someone become a super successful actor in the commercial world? Let's find out!

I guarantee you've seen Josh's work. Most likely many times. In addition to the Samsung commercial, Josh recently appeared in a spot for Wonka candies where he gives a woman random mad-libbed directions like "So, you're gonna wanna palm tree up the fish. Keep unicorning till the smiley face of the soccer shoe…" Does that ring a bell? It aired a ton over the last couple months:


Here's an ad Josh did for Captain Morgan that I thought was pretty funny:

And here's a Dominos ad that was actually Josh's first commercial to air nationally:

You get my point. Josh has beaten insane odds to make carve out a nice little career in the highly competitive world of commercial acting. And that's kind of crazy because his original dream was to be a comic book illustrator. So how does someone go from wanting to draw comic books to appearing in commercials? That's the subject of this week's Celebrity Net Worth podcast!

Bing a successful commercial actor can be a blessing and a curse. Especially for people like the Verizon Guy (Paul Marcarelli), the AT&T girl (Milana Vayntrub) or Flo from Progressive (Stephanie Courtney). But I bet most of us would take that curse and run with it straight to the bank, all day, every day.

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