John Ross Bowie's New Memoir, "No Job for a Man"

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What does it truly mean to “make it” as an actor? 

Titled No Job for a Man, Bowie's memoir takes an honest look at what it means to pursue a career in the arts in America.

From growing up in New York City in the 80s to joining a punk-rock band called Egghead to traveling to L.A. to start a career in Hollywood with his wife, Jamie, Bowie's memoir is filled with authentic humor and powerful insight. Bowie joined us to discuss No Job for a Man in detail.

Beginning the Writing Process

Maya Capasso: What inspired you to write a memoir?  John Ross Bowie: I'm going to give you a horrible, cynical answer: An agent approached me and said, “Hey, would you like to write a memoir?” And I said, “Okay.”  But then it took on a life of its own.

It went from being a fun little shallow recollection of some acting anecdotes to this examination of my dad, our generational differences, and how he and I each approached work.

MC: Much of your memoir is focused on your father and his impact on how you grew up and who you became. What was it like to have a Michael Scott-like man, as you describe him, as a father?

The Early Year

JRB: Wow. What a question. Ask that to anybody, man. I mean, wow. What was it like? In hindsight, it was fascinating. My dad was a bit of a drinker. He had intense mood swings sometimes, but he had this incredible passion and love for theater, movies, and TV.

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