One of my jobs as art director is to lay out the Berkeley Rep Magazine, which contains our performance program. I'm currently designing the Joe Turner's Come and Gone issue, and in going through the actors' bios -- making sure every play, movie, and television show they've been in is spelled correctly, italicized, etc. -- I ran across an unusual credit: one of our actors, Kenya Brome, listed a television commercial.
Now, lots of working stage actors do commercials to help pay the bills. (And boy, do they pay -- and keep paying.) I saw another Berkeley Rep actor in a commercial just last week. It's not, however, something an actor usually likes to highlight on his or her resume.
But I'm really glad Ms. Brome mentioned hers, because the one she mentioned happens to be one of my favorite commercials of all time:
If you've watched much television at all in the past few years, you've likely seen this commercial and/or one of the others in Citibank's identity-theft series. As a student of advertising and marketing for some 20 years, I think these commercials are really clever.
Do you know any actors you've seen on stage who've also starred in commercials? Post your links in the comments!
Thanks so much for the write-up, Cheshire! This IS going to be the best prom ever.
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