As a teenager, Barry was cast to play the drug addicted son of an opera singer, portrayed by Jill Clayburgh. Barry speaks on the issues of a young actor exploring sexuality and drug use. We share his favorite scene from La Luna, an improv inspired by the firing of Yankees manager Billy Martin. He describes the mindset necessary for today’s actors to survive in the business and the key skills to master in order to compete. Barry shares the pitfalls of early fame and the discovery of a new career. The new challenge of casting director led him to opening doors for a mostly unknown Rachel McAdams and Kat Williams. He also explains the loyalty that has been the foundation of his friendship with Nick Cassavetes.
The next challenge for Barry will be as a producer while continuing to inspire the next generation of performers as a successful acting coach.