Josh Fredric Smith's Exclusive Truth
STORY BY Sam Russell
Published: April 28, 2015
Chances are good that you caught a glimpse of a fresh face on the Hollywood scene recently and did a double-take. Josh Fredric Smith is that face. Josh charms doors open with his gentle-giant demeanor and seems to carve a niche for himself on various movie and commercial productions swimmingly.
Like Parker Posey, Josh is perfecting his craft through a sea of indie flicks that will soon amount to a stack of DVD’s you could stand on. Merge the kind spirit of Jon Hamm with the disarming looks of a Baldwin brother and you may have discovered your next crush. With all that said, let’s see if we can make him blush!
Meet Josh Fredric Smith...
1) It will crush some of my readers to know that you are off the market. Let's ease them into that reality. It' Friday night, the young one is safe and sound with your trusted babysitter; what does date night look like? Where are we going and will there be spooning later?
LOL…You’re so quick to assume. It's Friday night and I am watching another terrible repeat of something on Netflix that my girlfriend loves. Every now and then, a night hike may be on the menu or a laughter-filled evening at Joe's crab shack in Torrance is always a winner. I don't bother with nightclubs. You will not find a better spooner in Hollywood. Have you seen my long legs?
2) You grew up on 40acres in Northern California. Explain this "Hollywood sound stage" built on the land? Sounds ideal for hide and go seek....
TOTALLY! What a dream come true for any child. My Grandfather was a studio hand back in the early days of Hollywood. After re-locating to the bay area, he purchased a large plot of land and made his own western themed town on it. Growing up on his property was full of amazing memories intermingled with his unique, campfire stories of working on such classics as, “Gone With The Wind,” “Wild Blue Yonder” and “Pollyanna.”
3) You have stayed under the radar but traveled to big places with very meaty roles in a few indie films. Which country was most fascinating? Any moments where you experienced danger being an American?
I took what roles I was fortunate enough to land and went over seas… India, Cambodia, The Middle East. I have a great presence in the Hindi Film society from DAM 999, but barely anyone in the States has a clue about it or the likes of me…I am cool with that. Being under the radar allows me to hone in on the art of it all. Being on movie sets is so enriching to me that I feel incredibly fortunate every step of the way to participate in the process.
India was good for for the soul, but it had its ups and down for sure. A lot of people that really want to go soul searching in India, i just don't think they realize all the searching is going to be for a toilet. India will test you fully if your not prepared for it. Dubai was very futuristic, yet when our film schedule was to take place on an oil tanker in Fujairah (8 hrs. east of Dubai) things got kind of sketchy … I had to leave my passport with immigration for the ship port and I didn’t like that … but there wasn't any fear of danger… Actually come to think of it, I did have a Larva Infection removed from my armpit after the Cambodia trip. I had developed a bad infection and once the doctor cut it open it was a large Larvae presumably from the Kampot river scene in the movie … so, yeah I brought back a souvenir no doubt.
4) Where do you want to be 2 years from now? If you can't visualize it, it will be near impossible to manifest it. I am a big believer in positive thinking.
In two years, I want more of the same: success in my work and a continued unbreakable relationship with my daughter. I visualize health and happiness for my Family. A nice ranch style home in the bay area and something very similar here in Los Angeles and my CD recorded finally … I've been working on a rock album for years, but locking in studio time with my schedule has been a challenge.
5) It's a true honor to get this time with you before you are too big for little writers like me! My passion project, Giving Closet comes from a desire to stay connected to everyday people--beyond the landscape of power players and pretty people in Los Angeles. How are you going to maintain a healthy relationship with yourself and your evolving family in a tough city like this?
HAHA thanks, but I think it should be the other way around, a fella like me should be so happy that someone with your credentials has even taken the time to do a write-up about little old me …and for that SAM, THANK YOU!
I was never into it the Hollywood scene and its illusions. So surviving the ups and downs has been fairly easy, my home and my heart has never been immersed into ego. I used to build decks and fences when I wasn't making money as an actor. My list of odd jobs has been quite long: Babysitting, housesitting, low-paying modeling jobs… no joke! This has been a very humbling journey that shaped me into who I am today.
Spending time with my cousins up north, or playing with my daughter when I am not on set keeps everything in perspective. I strive to be as present and available as I can be in every moment. My daughter, London daughter taught me that.
Does that answer your question?
Yes Buddy it does! More than you know….
Photo Credit: Octavia Osby-Klein www.octaviaklein.com
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