Jun 21 2011
This week, I’m interviewing Chad Renfrow, a very special guy. From Owensboro, KY, Chad has always dreamed of being an actor. From a very early age, he would act out movies in the living room and later create movies with his family’s video camera. And he hasn’t stop pursuing his dream since. Please, join me in getting to know this multi-talented and very cool dude.
Hey there, Chad. It’s great to have you as my guest this week. You’ve always known that you wanted to be an entertainer since you were a young child. Tell me, if I had a time machine and went to meet four-year old Chad, what would he be like?
*Laughs* You’d probably walk up to my mother and say, “Well, You gave birth to a freak!” *More Laughs* oh wait, that would be if you used that time machine to go forward. I guess I appeared more normal when I could hide behind my tender young age. I guess four-year old Chad would be a blond haired, daydreamer. Always putting on a show for his family to enjoy—or be driven to the brink. Either one.
Who are your idols? What about them do you most respect or hope to emulate in some way?
Johnny Depp is my biggest hero. I respect that guy a lot. His acting talent is out of this world, And his climb to fame truly moves me. He grew up in my hometown of Owensboro, Ky, Had a rough upbringing—was starving—literally starving and headed out to Los Angeles in the early 80s. He persevered and passed all the hardships to ultimately climb to the top. Also, he seems to be one of the most humbled guys walking God’s green earth. I have insane respect for the man and his career. It’s something I strive to hopefully emulate even an ounce of someday.
You often tell people that you feel like a visitor from a distant planet, being brought up in Kentucky and wanting to chase the bright lights of Tinseltown. Please, tell us about this. How do you deal with people who don’t understand your dream?
“It’s just odd.” “You’re insane to be chasing such a pipe dream.” Yeah, those are just a couple of things I hear time and time again. It gets tough to deal with at times. Coming from a small town everyone seems to be on a set course, or people want you on a set course and this is the way things ought to be. It’s safe and it’s in the norm. I just don’t think like that. Be who you are. Chose after what’s within. My aspirations and disadvantages are just as real as anyone else’s. Life can go in a million directions, and everyone takes their own path. I’ve made peace with my decisions. One thing I also know is nothing in life is guaranteed so I’ll chase what I’m passionate about and everyone else can do the same if they please.
In 2006, you were accepted to train at the WWE’s official training ground in Louisville, but after a year, decided it wasn’t for you. What was that experience like? What did you learn from it?
It was my first taste of what being apart of something special felt like. Being around the cameras and the crowds. It’s a memorable rush to reflect on. Definitely a life-changing opportunity being able to train alongside future WWE Talent, and learn from superstars I grew up admiring. I learned a lot of self-discipline and what earning other’s respect was all about. It definitely set me down a wonderful road with loads of vital life lessons learned along the way.
Word has it about town that you’re working on a new web series called “Chaddy Says.” What can you tell us about it?
I wonder who your sources are? *Laughs* It’s still in the early stages of development, but “Chaddy Says” is going to be a new YouTube series I’m putting out later this summer. I’ll be hosting this quick and witty web series focusing on current events in the world. Anything from world news, politics, celebrities, etc. Basically my own version of “The Soup.” I really can’t wait to begin work on it, and I hope everyone will enjoy it.
You’re a big fan of horror films. What is the appeal for you? Which ones are your favorites?
I am a fan of horror, but not like everyone thinks I am. While I own over three-hundred movies on DVD, probably thirty of them are horror flicks. My bottom line with any genre, If the story’s interesting, I’ll watch it. A lot of people get the idea I love horror so much because my favorite film of all time is John Carpenter’s “Halloween.” It was something I watched at a very early age, yet it never disturbed me. There’s a tranquil feel that comes over me when I watch it. Transforming me into this imaginary world of imagery and sound. It must sound strange hearing me describe it, but it’s a film that made me know at a very early age, “this is what I want to be a part of when I grow up.”
Even though you’re a fan of horror, you say that it’s not the kind of work you aspire to do? Tell us, what are your dream acting jobs?
I want to be a character actor. I’d love to be apart of drama and thrillers. Maybe even some comedy roles here and there. I’ve always been persuaded to go into comedy.
If you could give a short pitch to a producer or director right now, what would it be?
My life story could make you a lot of money, my friend! Ha ha ha!
I know that charity work is important to you. Please, tell us more about the work you’ve done. What would you like to do in the future?
I’ve done visits to children’s hospitals and volunteered at homeless shelters over the years. I really have a soft spot for kids in my heart. I got involved with a charity called Kids With a Cause. It’s a Los Angeles-based non-profit group focused on lending helping hands to today’s disadvantaged youth. I hope to someday have enough money at my disposal to get more involved with many charities, and continue the daily fight of their causes.
Right now, you’re in Kentucky and working toward your goal of relocating to Los Angeles to pursue your dream. How do you keep motivated?**
Just hardcore focus. When I set long-term goals I give everything I got to them. I make sure to bring it every single day to insure my goals come full circle.
If you could have a dinner party and invite some of your favorite fictional characters from film, who would be seated around the table?
Ha ha ha. Oh boy. Hmmm. Well, I’d like to have Michael Myers there. I would definitely have Batman there to to make sure he doesn’t get out of line. Oh, and the Mad Hatter. Yeah, I’d like to have a tea party with the whole gang, why not? *laughs*
I’ve been forever called picky, but I maintain that we’re all picky creatures. What are you picky about?
I’m picky about how I eat my two hamburgers. The first has to have mustard and ketchup. pickles are optional on burger number one. And burger two has to have lettuce and mayo. I can do it no other way. *Laughs*
What do you know now that you wish you knew five years ago?
That in one single moment—everything you thought was an ironclad direction for you, can change in an instant.
What do you hope to know in five years that you don’t know now?
I hope to know how to navigate around Los Angeles without a GPS directing me to each and every street. That could very well take five years to learn.
Where can people find you in cyberspace?
I can be found at these sites:
If you’d like, please swing by my actor page on Facebook to and “like” me if you’d like to follow my further adventures.
Any parting words for the masses? Any shameless plugs?
Thank you all for reading! Thanks to all the amazing friends and fans I have! Team Chaddy Worldwide, you’re all amazing and my days are truly made by you!
Molly, It’s truly been a pleasure! Thank you so, so much, my dear!
**UPDATE* As of 3-1-2012 I have officially made it back to Hollywood! I AM HERE! Chaddy’s here in the city that dreams built! The dreams, the passion for acting, the determination to chase those dreams down and live them out as only I know how is alive and well. I have made it. I am back in the middle of this city to pursue these dreams of mine.. And to everyone who has supported me. To everyone on TEAM CHADDY~WORLDWIDE! I give you my word.. I Am NEVER, GOING AWAY!
LONG LIVE THE DREAM!
Coming to a screen near you in the future!