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From Homeless to Hollywood Trainer, Stunt Performer and Actor: Aaron Williamson

You may be familiar with Hollywood stars such as Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, J.K. Simmons, James Marsden, Sylvester Stallone and Zac Efron, but you may not know the trainer that helped them build their incredible physiques, Aaron Williamson. Aaron went from Marine Corps, to being a celebrity trainer, to stunt man and now actor. But his path was far from smooth, he spent time living out of his car and overdosed at only 12 years old. He then transitioned to a personal trainer and after a chance encounter ended up working with Zac Efron for his role in "The Lucky One". Now he's moved on to being a stunt performer working on films such as The Purge, Birds of Prey, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, to name a few...and now he’s beginning a new journey into the craft of acting.  


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11/20/2020

Aldis Hodge: Race in America and the Entertainment Industry

If you missed Aldis Hodge's classic 10,000 NOs origin story episode from last week, you canlisten to it here. Today’s episode was unplanned. When Matt and Aldis sat down, one of the first questions Matt asked was “what’s the biggest ‘no’, literal or proverbial, that you’ve had to overcome?” This led to what we deemed to be a stand-alone conversation about race in America and, particularly, in the film and television industry. Without holding back, Aldis brings truth, courage, humor, thoughtfulness and an articulate perspective on what he, and other minorities are forced to live through unbeknownst to others who do not share their ethnic background. Matt weighed in, from the perspective of his background, ethnicity and experiences as a white man in the world, and this industry. What followed is the conversation you are about to hear: two friends, colleagues, cast-mates trying to understand one another’s experience and find some answers amidst the large and difficult questions that arise around this hot-button topic.It is not the critic who counts. If you’ve been knocked down... get back up, dust yourself off, and get back in the game. If you want to give back, share this with someone who could use it. Encourage them to take the next step and leave a 5-star review so more people can benefit from these conversations.SHOW LINKS:10,000 NOs: THE BOOKJOIN THE 10,000 NOs TRIBEFOLLOW MATT ON SOCIALONE ON ONE MENTORSHIPGUEST LINKS:FOLLOW ALDIS ON INSTAGRAMIMDB FILM & TV CREDITSWIKIPEDIARECENT HOLLYWOOD REPORTER ARTICLE
11/13/2020

Aldis Hodge: It's All Going to Be Okay

To sayAldisHodge's career is heating upright now is a massive understatement. This moment, for him, can be more aptly described as "being in hyperspace". He is currently shooting season two of Showtime's City on a Hill, where he goes toe to toe with Kevin Bacon. He recently wrapped a season of his rebooted TNT series, Leverage. And he is preparing to enter the DC Universe, opposite Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, playingHawkmanin the highly anticipated comic-inspired Black Adam. He was on short lists for an Oscar nomination for his work in the death row indie film, Clemency, and his upcoming festivalfavorite,One Night in Miami is already on early Oscar watch lists for next year. Other notable roles include MC Ren in StraightOuttaCompton, Levi Jackson in Hidden Figures and Noah on the WGN America seriesUnderground. On top of all of that, Hodge's passion for horology led him to bet on himself as an entrepreneur, creating a watch company that aims to stand out from the crowd. But Hodge was not born on Easy Street. His victories have been hard fought and his struggles have been real, including a stint where he and his brother lived with their mother, out of a car. He does not mince words and he brought the same fierce truth, and humor, to our conversation that he brings to his work as an actor.It is not the critic who counts. If you’ve been knocked down... get back up, dust yourself off, and get back in the game. If you want to give back, share this with someone who could use it. Encourage them to take the next step and leave a 5-star review so more people can benefit from these conversations.SHOW LINKS:10,000 NOs: THE BOOKJOIN THE 10,000 NOs TRIBEFOLLOW MATT ON SOCIALONE ON ONE MENTORSHIPGUEST LINKS:FOLLOW ALDIS ON INSTAGRAMIMDB FILM & TV CREDITSWIKIPEDIARECENT HOLLYWOOD REPORTER ARTICLE