“Come on, every actor works as a bartender, taxi driver, taxi driver…”
Tristan Rogers (Robert) had an interesting journey before landing his first daytime role in general hospital and shared some of his detours during an interview on Maurice Benard (Sonny) State of mind. Rogers gave an insight into his childhood, which was very good, and reflected on what led him to become an actor.
At the time, the area where they lived was considered very bad. “Nowadays in this area, you couldn’t get an addiction for less than $3 million,” Rogers explained. After his parents saved, the family bought a house in a new development, where the actor started a whole new life. He left school in 1964 and “hung around for about two years and got downright pissed off [his] parents off”, then he and some friends started a rock band. Soon after, at age 21, he realized they couldn’t make real money, so Rogers started doing commercials and modeling – and made a lot of money.
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When he decided he wanted to start acting, with no acting lessons under his belt, Rogers had no idea the ramifications of that and the commitment you had to make. “For me, it was a way to earn some money. That’s all.” His first audition was in a lobby, while a janitor was mopping the floor, and he started playing roles under the age of five. When he heard about a new cop show in Sydney, he moved on and landed the role of detective on The liaison men. From there he went to London, reconnected with his old producer and landed his next role in Temple of Paulwithout an audition, which was a huge hit and truly was his “debut in the industry”.
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So what happened next? In 1972, Rogers worked at a nightclub and joked, “Come on, every actor works as a bartender, taxi driver, drives a cab.” However, when the disc jockey failed to show up on New Year’s Eve, Rogers volunteered, then froze in front of a packed house – until he understood and realized: “It’s is amusing. After buying some guy’s equipment and music, he got hired at a club in London.
When that didn’t work out, Rogers consulted commercial radio, which led to a memorable moment seeing Elton John and Kiki Dee headlining a show. But then Rogers’ visa expired and he was forced to leave the country.
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Hear him explain how it all happened, but know that Rogers is a guy who tells it like it was, which means a bit of salty language!
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