As an actor in Hollywood, there is no such thing as a typical day for Miles Allen, a 2012 alumnus. He goes out, auditions and books work.
“That’s the constant state an actor is in,” Allen said.
Allen, a film production major, just returned from a sold-out run of shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. Allen entered this festival with his solo comedy act, “One Man Breaking Bad,” a comic tribute to the show “Breaking Bad.” He said this is where his big break came from.
He recalled the few months when he first came to live in Hollywood.
“[I’m] living the dream,” Allen said. “But quickly I got really, really sad. ‘Where are all my friends?’”
Hollywood is a double edged sword, he said. It’s a land of many opportunities but also a land of broken dreams, disappointment and rejections.
When he first started out, he did behind the scenes work for film and television. But his break came when some friends filmed Allen, impersonating a homeless man complete with a shaggy beard, perfectly acting out various characters from “Breaking Bad.” After the YouTube video went viral, an Australian producer contacted him.
“He said, ‘I loved your talent, and I want to get you on the show,’” he said.
The video has over 1.4 million views on.
“I love making people laugh,” Allen said. “[It’s] a rewarding gift to get people to laugh.”
Besides his stand-up act, Allen has provided a voice-over in an online video game called “Neverwinter” and was cast in a commercial for Turtle Beach headphones.
“Through his voices and passion for his performance, Miles finds a way to craft a performance that remains in audience’s minds long after the show is over,” Allen’s manager, Ram Getz, said. “‘One Man Breaking Bad’ is only the beginning for what Miles has in store for the world.”
Allen wants to keep creating and keep doing what he likes, so he does a lot of writing.
“People constantly come here and are like, ‘Yeah! Yeah! I’m gonna make it!’” he said. “I don’t know how people without a church can survive here.”
Allen attends Reality LA church. The church, community group and amazing friends he has made there really help build him up.
“He is one of the warmest people I know, just kind to everyone he encounters,” senior Jonathan Scales said. “He always used to entertain us on set with his different voices and various impersonations. I’m so excited that he’s found success in something that he is passionate about and continues to bring joy to everyone who interacts with him.”