That cute little kid to the left is me, Daniel John Martinez Jr. At that age, I was a dreamer. I put on little performances for my friends and family while standing on my "stage" (the front porch), and I always played the lead. Growing up, I was always interested in telling stories. This became the foundation of me wanting to pursue Acting.
I didn't know it was something I actually wanted to pursue until high school when I was cast in my first play. I went on to earn a BA in Performing Arts and Social Justice from the University of San Francisco (which makes me totally bankable). After graduating from USF, I began working at a full-time career in acting. I noticed that HBO was in town to begin filming the first season of "Looking". I decided to get involved as a background actor.
Not a major career move, especially because background work doesn't really give you a whole lot of "respect" as an actor...so I'm going to brag about it here because it can't go on my resume. But I was so fortunate to be able to work as a background actor on "Looking" for two seasons (I even had a feature in 2x07, check me out dancing with a pool table stick) because of the experience. I not only witnessed first-hand how an industry-professional set operates, but I got to be on set alongside Jonathan Groff which was more than this little gay boy could handle. I even got to work as a background actor for 2 weeks on the new Danny Boyle film, "Steve Jobs" starring Michael Fassbender (and Kate Winslet. Another moment this little gay boy could barely handle).
With those experiences I learned on set as a background actor, I began booking more roles in TV/Film projects around San Francisco. I love working in this industry! I'm not a typical leading male, but I'm really good at what I do. I give 110% to each project, I'm professional, and I always have a positive attitude. We're all working in our dream jobs- if we can't have fun while we're working, we're wasting an opportunity that thousands of people would kill to have.
I'm still a dreamer. And I have big dreams for this industry. If you need an actor who is genuine, hard working, and happens to be lethal on the dance floor, please give me a call. I look forward to working together!