New York Film Academy Graduate Books National Commercial for Honda!

January 9, 2012

New York Film Academy graduate Beto Ruiz has booked a national commercial for Honda. Ruiz just graduated from New York Film Academy’s January 2011 One-Year Acting for Film Conservatory at the Los Angeles – Universal Studios location.

NYFA Graduate Beto RuizNew York Film Academy graduate Beto Ruiz

Comments Beto on booking the role, “Its a funny story because it’s one of those good things that come out of sad ones.” Beto first booked a national commercial for Walmart through an audition at a casting agency, but ended up being unable to make the shoot dates due to a family emergency. The casting director remembered Beto and called him to audition for a McDonald’s campaign, which Beto also booked but lost when the client didn’t want to file SAG paperwork. Says Beto, “It seemed like it was never going to happen, but suddenly the casting director gave me the sweet third call to invite me to the Honda Audition and after the callback they called to tell me they were fine with doing the SAG process for me and that the commercial was mine.”

Beto says “the shoot was amazing; a very professional environment, so many people involved, each and everyone of them focused…I had to practice my precision driving skills while I was following the camera around downtown, while another one was shooting us from a big truck. We had some police patrols escorting us while driving around downtown as we stopped traffic and passed some red lights, which was fun.”

Beto posing in front of a HondaBeto poses in front of the Honda car used during filming

On booking the shoot, Beto adds that his training at New York Film Academy helped prepare him: “After a while working on camera over and over for class projects and production workshops I can say I gained plenty of knowledge that helped me with the booking of this project. John Henry’s teachings in Acting for Film class helped me develop a sharper sense of the camera presence and feeling more natural around it, in addition to his many tricks he passed on us his students. Eye line, warming up exercises and lots of film vocabulary made it easier for me to book it. “

Beto is now working on a web series called “Bibi the Witch.” Beto plays the lead, a news reporter from the real world who is transported to Bibi’s magical wold each episode. New York Film Academy looks forward to seeing Beto’s national television spot air!