Daniel Grozdich, star of The Gradual Report, the longtime zany YouTube channel of random mayhem, is mulling a career change. Okay, not a change exactly, but an addition. On the heels of his last film, the acclaimed indie drama Along the Roadside featuring fellow YouTuber/actor Iman Crosson, Grozdich is looking to beef up his movie credits.
Grozdich, who was one of the early innovators on YouTube, has seen the highs and lows of the medium and survived it thus far — mostly. Even during its lean times it beats being a lawyer though, which he used to be. But that was the past — the future is in acting and standup comedy. Playing Mitts in Along the Roadside, Grozdich has been getting high acclaim — the sort of stuff that makes getting roles in feature films a lot easier. So it’s not a matter of IF Grozdich grabs another role in something interesting but more like WHEN.
Be sure to check out Along the Roadside in VOD on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or the Metakwon website.
Last time we spoke, you were in a really down mood about the state of your channel. How are you doing now?
I don’t remember being down about the state of my channel, I love my channel. The money side of things however is severely lacking. While I’m happy that I’m reaching the people that I am, it would be nice to be able to pay my car payment and rent in the same month. But I recognize that the path I’ve chosen in this weird life is one of struggle and so I’m content with that; otherwise I guess I would be a lawyer and hate my life for different reasons.
In the spectrum of awesome life experiences you’ve had, where does performing in Along the Roadside fall for you?
It rings on the more awesome side of the spectrum. To be involved with any project is really great but Along the Roadside had a bunch of YouTubers present in it and it was a lot of fun. Also, it had a really great result. You really can’t ask for anything more than that.
Are you looking into doing more movie work? And if so, is it easier with an acclaimed movie under your belt?
It’s not any easier, I have something that I can point to and say hey I’ve done some really great work, have a look at this. But IMDB doesn’t put a photo of you up unless you pay them $100 a year, so next to my name I have one credit and no photo, not exactly a great start for anyone doing a search of my credits.
I would absolutely love to do more acting gigs, it would be wonderful. I’m currently trying to get my standup comedy really strong so that I can segue into acting a lot like Jim Carrey, or Dane Cook, or Louis CK.
So I’m doing a tour in Canada: you can find the info and tickets at www.gradualreport.com — shameless plug. I’m also planning on doing a Serbian comedy tour and hopefully filming a documentary about that experience to add another credit to my otherwise weak IMDB profile.
What’s your coolest story from being on set?
When we were driving out to the hotel on our first day of shooting and we had to drive through the night in my mom’s RV with like 35 people in it, sleeping on the floor and over the couches and on the table and all over the place. I was driving and I got really tired but I didn’t want to stop, so I put the giant RV in cruise control and stood up and stood next to the driver’s seat. I asked if anyone else wanted to drive and Vladi the producer said that he would. He slid into the driver seat from behind really slowly as I stood there holding the wheel…everybody started waking up and kind of freaking out, and I was also realizing how incredibly dangerous it was to do that. I was literally surfing in a 30 foot RV with like 20 souls in my care. That was probably the craziest thing that happened on set.
How does movie acting and YouTube performing differ? How are they similar?
In YouTube acting you get to do as many takes is you want and edit it and posted and see the results within hours of having it acted out. On the movie side of things, everybody gets a say in how it’s done and it takes a lot longer, but the result is a lot better. There’s a lot more pressure to get it right the first time because there’s lots of other things that need to get done whereas on YouTube you can spend three days on one scene.