Mike Messier Actor and Filmmaker

Getting real about mental illness and filmmaking with Mike Messier

Filmmaker, acting coach, and wrestling aficionado Mike Messier

Mike Messier’s childhood fascination with professional wrestling led him to dreams of sportscasting, which in turn led to a career in acting, filmmaking, and coaching. 

In this interview, you’ll learn how he advanced his career and turned his attention to training other actors while managing a mental illness. 


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Quote of the Day

“Live in the moment. Die in the memory.” —Mike Messier


3 Lessons from Interview

  1. How an introverted kid from Fairfax, VA ended up acting alongside Cybill Shepherd and Meryl Streep

  2. How Mike turned a psychiatric hospitalization and a fascination with wrestling into a series of short films, Wrestling with Sanity

  3. The key reason Mike was able to produce his short film The Nature of the Flame, which debuted at the 2014 Rhode Island International Film Festival


Featured Books

Moviemakers’ Master Class by Laurent Tirard

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Interviews with 20 of the world’s greatest directors on how they make films—and why

Making Movies by Sidney Lumet

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A professional memoir and definitive guide to the art, craft, and business of the motion picture

Zen and the Art of Making a Living by Laurence Boldt

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How to identify and create work that you really want to do


Getting to Know Mike Messier

What is a helpful habit?

Reading and really engaging with books I read. Check out my list of motivational and inspirational books about filmmaking and other topics at mikemessier.wordpress.com/mikes-school-of-progress/books-to-read.

What is a helpful resource for you?

The Industry Insiders Facebook group

Who is a helpful person that helped you on your journey?

Barry Primus, an acting teacher who trained me and inspired me to start my C.O.R.E. acting training class

What is your purpose on this planet?

To entertain, to inform, to educate, to engage, to enjoy

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Celia Ho

Board of Advisors at Duplessy Foundation
Celia is a business development consultant with a background in sales, marketing, and event production. She serves on the Duplessy Foundation's Board of Advisors and geeks out about leadership, technology, and startups.