Bill Howey and Carla Howey

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Name: Bill Howey and Carla Howey. Note: since Bill and Carla have been married for 41 years and worked together the entire time and own their business together and do everything together then they are answering these questions together.

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Bill’s Age: Next question

Carla’s Age: 60’s

Bill’s Title: Acting Teacher

Carla’s Title: Manager (Finances, handling actors and problems, handing out scenes).

Married/Single: Married 41 years. This is what Carla wrote on her Facebook page on their 41st anniversary:

“Thank you Bill, for an amazing 41st wedding anniversary celebration last night. No one on the planet has made me as happy as you. The way you value me, respect me and make me laugh is worth the world. You are unbelievably the most wonderful person I’ve ever known. You are truly the best friend I’ve ever had. You’re everything to me. You are my life, my soul, my heart. And the best thing about this is that I know you feel exactly the same way. We are truly what is meant by soul mates. I love you.” https://www.facebook.com/carla.howey

Kids: Three, we also have grandchildren.

City you live in: Chandler

A typical day in Bill’s life includes

working with and living with my best friend, Carla, my wife. Writing and working on helping actors reach their goal.

A typical day in Carla’s life includes

paying bills, talking to actors who call about classes, tweaking workshop website www.billhowey.com and book website www.actorsmenu.com which she created by herself. Cooking. Having wine with dinner with best friend, husband and business partner.

Bill was born…

in Cleveland Heights, Ohio and has been waiting for the Browns to win the big one since.

Carla was born…

in Tacoma, Washington but moved immediately because father was in the Air Force. She moved with family every 2 to 3 years.

Bill’s favorite thing about Arizona…

clean streets, weather, the cloud formations.

Carla’s favorite thing about Arizona…

the majestic saguaro cactus, all the cactus really. The heat. The sky, the air. The friendly people.

Bill is listening to…

mostly Jazz.

Carla is listening to…

NPR/KJZZ talk radio.

Our family…

is all thriving.

If Bill could have dinner with anyone, it would be…

my father.

If Carla could have dinner with anyone, it would be…

my mom.

One thing Bill cannot live without…

Carla, my wife.

One thing Carla cannot live without…

my moisturizer (and Bill.)

When Bill was younger he wanted to be…

an actor, a soldier; I’ve done both but I served in the US Navy.

When Carla was younger she wanted to be…

a ballerina and ride horses.

Bill is inspired by…

creativity.

Carla is inspired by…

the human brain, by all the animals on earth – land and sea. Bill is an emotional person. Carla is very analytical.

The one person who motivates Bill is…

my wife.

The one person who motivates Carla is…

my husband.

If Bill could change anything in the world, it would be…

prejudice and hate.

If Carla could change anything in the world, it would be…

cruelty towards fellow humans and animals.

Bill’s perfect day would be…

playing some poker, winning and having a great meal, good wine with my wife.

Carla’s perfect day would be…

working hard and succeeding at whatever project I’m working on and ending the day with a meal I cooked and a glass of wine with my husband.

Bill’s first job was…

at an optical store.

Carla’s first job was…

A waitress at a country club.

Bill’s favorite escape…

good movies and a little poker.

Carla’s favorite escape…

Facebook.

Bill’s life…

has been filled and not boring. From serving in the Navy in the Orient, to acting, directing, producing, writing a book selling world wide (The Actor’s Menu: A Character Preparation Handbook,) living on a sailboat for 5 years and cruising and working with actors to find the adventure of acting.

Carla’s life…

has been and is happy and fulfilled. I’m from a wonderful military family so I got to see the world at an early age and meet people from other cultures. Loved high school and college. Loved all my jobs and married Bill 11 days after our first date. Loved our sailing days. I can’t and don’t complain about anything. Life is today, no one is guaranteed a tomorrow.

Bill is currently working on… 

building our acting studio in Mesa and working on my second book.

Carla is currently working on…

promoting our new acting studio and looking forward to meeting our new students.

Bill says always…

find your truth for yourself – explore.

Carla says always…

think positively. Stay optimistic. Learn something new everyday. Think the best of people.

Bill says never…

give up.

Carla says never…

text and drive.

Bill’s favorite quote… 

far to many but I really enjoy Eric Hoffer quotes.

Carla’s favorite quote…

it’s the one I’ve heard from our actors in classes the last 35 years: “This class has not only made me a better actor – it made me a better person.”

Bill’s biggest dream…

I’ve pretty much lived it next to winning the World Series of Poker.

Carla’s biggest dream…

have a long, healthy (mind and body) life with Bill.

Bill’s Pet Peeve…

that there is so much to do with only 24 hours a day.

Carla’s Pet Peeve…

people who don’t except someone for who they are.

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Bill and Carla Howey have been teaching acting classes since 1980. They started out in Los Angeles working for Milton Katselas at the Beverly Hills Playhouse. See ABOUT BILL HOWEY and ABOUT CARLA HOWEY.

After 5 years at the Beverly Hills Playhouse they opened their own studio in Culver City, CA. Because they got the sailing bug they bought a sailboat and spent almost a year sailing the coast of Mexico. Sold the boat and opened a small studio in Burbank, CA on Victory Ave.

Carla’s mother became ill and Bill and Carla and their son, Steve, moved to Denver, Colorado. They taught acting in Denver for 12 years. While in Denver they wrote and produced three independent movies. Their first movie, CLASS, was shown at the Denver International Film Festival.

They also wrote and published The Actor’s Menu: A Character Preparation Handbook. Bill wrote the book and Carla established her own publishing company, Compass Publishing, and published the book on Adobe In Design CS4. See THE ACTORS MENU.

By this time their son, an actor, was working on the WB sitcom, REBA. He played the character, VAN, for 6 years. Bill and Carla moved back to Los Angeles and opened another acting studio. They taught scene study in LA for 10 years. They taught four Advance/Intermediate classes, a Beginner class and a Teen class. They loved every minute of it and had many students go on to establish themselves as working actors.

As much at they loved their studio and all their students it came time to slow things down and not work so hard. In July of 2016 they moved away from LA to Chandler, Arizona. They now have established a new studio in Mesa and are looking forward to helping the actors in the Phoenix area to create more believable, vulnerable and personal characters.

 

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