Dr. Eric Merriweather Chats With TMI About His Passion For Acting

Hey Eric, So excited to be chatting with you! 

Where did your love of acting come from? 

I wanted to act when I was a child but didn’t really do anything about it at that time.  I have several clients that I am a life coach of and they suggested I get into acting.  I took there advise and just really fell in love with it.

Do you have any rituals before filming a show? 

For me just really knowing my lines and being prepared before filming.  So I do things like wash dishes and say my lines or clean the house and say my lines or just intentionally move things around as I am saying my lines so that I can be prepared for most situations.

What goals have you set out for yourself in your career?

One of my goals is to be a lead or supporting in a Feature Film or to be recurring role on TV

Overall, how has this whole acting career experience been for you so far? 

For me the experience I would not change it for the world as it has created such a freedom of being.  It’s like the real Eric has just exploded into someone magnificent in my eyes.  One would call it finally having the inner permission to be me.

What’s your favorite part about being an actor? 

The freedom of being you in a character you play

What is one movie that has greatly influenced your life?

I am a lover of the Matrix and Gladiator

What has been your favorite acting role to date? 

My favorite role was playing a homeless guy as the lead in Among Pigeons

What would be your dream acting role? 

My dream role would be to have a lead or supporting in a film with Viola Davis or Denzel Washington

Do you have any projects in the works you can tell us about?

Black Butterfly an Animation Project that I worked on with EG Daily, John Amos, Racquel John, etc. produced by Tracy Noland Jackson and directed by CharlesWest CWStudios

If you could have a gigantic billboard anywhere with anything on it — metaphorically speaking, getting a message out to millions or billions — what would it say and why? (If helpful, it can be someone else’s quote: Are there any quotes you think of often or live your life by?)

Know your Identity.  It is okay to be yourself with no regret!!

What is an unusual habit or an absurd thing that you love?

I Like to be colder than the average person and curled up when I sleep

What advice would you give to someone who wants to pursue a career in acting? What advice should they ignore?

My advice to an actor is absorb and learn as much as you can don’t be anxious and make sure you learn the business so you don’t get scammed by the wrong people.  Ignore people that have a one stop shop (i.e. manager, agent, publicist, acting coach, etc.) they will take advantage of your desperation for the business.

When you feel overwhelmed or unfocused, or have lost your focus temporarily, what do you do? 

I tell myself that I am nervous out loud so that I get rid of it versus being internal with.  I also pray as well.

 What social media platform do you use most? Where can people find out what projects you have going on?

IG:  https://www.instagram.com/emerriweather/

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/ETMerriweather

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/ericmerriweather

imdb:  https://pro.imdb.com/name/nm9606554?ref_=hm_nv_mp_profile

Do you have any other talents other than acting?

I am a Masters Olympian for the USA for Track & Field for 40 and older.  I have done 2 games and 15 World Championships both Indoors and Outdoors.  I run a nonprofit organization in Atlanta, The African American Association of USA theaaausa.org and I have received an honorary doctorate, humanitarian aware and the Lifetime Achievement Award from President Barack Obama which is truly an honor.

Any last things you’d like to tell your supporters?  

Thank you for the support and I hope that I am an inspiration to you all to become better in life as we go on this journey together. God Bless.

Thanks for taking the time to do this interview!

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