Comments: 124 • Responses: 43 • Date: 2017-12-06 15:59:53 UTCsource
flatchampagne43 karma2017-12-06 16:00:49 UTC
Do you get a decent amount of money everytime your commercial airs?
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hwoodjamie94 karma2017-12-06 16:09:02 UTC
The first few years it was 'per use' as they say. Now I get what is called a 'buyout' which is a flat fee for the whole year (season). Because the other voices are Billy West and J.K. Simmons I'm in pretty good company so if I'm careful I can live off the one check for the whole year. I'm pretty lucky.
haemaker47 karma2017-12-06 16:37:26 UTC
Wow. You can live off the residuals of one 30 second spot made 16 years ago? You have one hell of an agent!
hwoodjamie65 karma2017-12-06 17:03:15 UTC
Union. SAG. And yeah. I have a great agent. It helps that people really seem to like this spot and look forward to seeing it every year. It's all about numbers so they must sell candy when they run it.
steelavian6 karma2017-12-06 17:43:11 UTC
I like your commercial and your comments. What struck me was that you said you live off this check every year.
Just curious, but are you actively going after new paying work? It seems like once they replace the commercial your income stream will vanish.
16 years worth of compounded interest on a check like that (I'm assuming) could set you up pretty nicely if you were able to live off of new income.
Food for thought, but if you started at $0 and deposited $50,000 annually for the last 16 years at 8% APY you'd have $1,637,511
hwoodjamie28 karma2017-12-06 17:59:08 UTC
Or I could have bought bitcoin. If I can pay my rent and buy my food and gas and stuff I'm happy. In this business you are always one audition away from a series. So that's where I reside in my mind. I'm always auditioning. Some years the M&M's money is a bonus, some years it's my lifesaver. It's feast or famine in this business.
steelavian7 karma2017-12-06 18:15:59 UTC
Some dude spent I think 10000 bitcoins on 2 pizzas in 2010, so you just never know lol
Edit: Also my next bar story will be that the guy from the M&Ms Halloween commercial replied to my comment on reddit. Puts me one degree closer to Kevin Bacon presumably, unless you've met him.
hwoodjamie10 karma2017-12-06 18:29:40 UTC
No but I did work with Kevin Spacey in Lost in Yonkers and yes, he hit on me the first day of rehearsal, but I was 24. Here is a photo. https://www.reddit.com/r/pics/comments/7i02cg/me_danny_gerard_and_kevin_spacey_in_the_original/
steelavian14 karma2017-12-06 18:30:52 UTC
I think I want more degrees of separation from Kevin Spacey, not less
hwoodjamie6 karma2017-12-06 18:33:36 UTC
I had to get in bed with him eight times a week. https://www.reddit.com/r/pics/comments/7i02cg/me_danny_gerard_and_kevin_spacey_in_the_original/
zuperfly1 karma2017-12-08 15:14:57 UTC
What do you mean?
hwoodjamie1 karma2017-12-09 17:06:43 UTC
In the play Lost in Yonkers.
shitsouttitsout-23 karma2017-12-06 17:14:20 UTC
i hate you. im not even joking.
hwoodjamie29 karma2017-12-06 17:19:27 UTC
I understand. I did take a huge risk by going into this business. And I'm not wealthy by any means. I hope you can be happy for me that I am able to pay rent and buy food while working in my chosen profession. I'm off to the The Actors Studio west to do the first act of a play called Tru about Truman Capote that I have been rehearsing for a few months and am just doing for 'fun'. It's nice that my commercials can support that. Also..Don't be bitter. It only affects you. LOL.
mattreyu17 karma2017-12-06 16:30:59 UTC
Do you give out M&Ms at parties?
hwoodjamie36 karma2017-12-06 16:32:09 UTC
I used to. At this stage all my friends are over it.
mattreyu6 karma2017-12-06 16:36:19 UTC
Yeah I guess it'd get old after awhile.
hwoodjamie20 karma2017-12-06 17:03:51 UTC
Not for me. LOL. But people are like, 'give it a break Jamie, I want a Snickers'.
easyaspiez10 karma2017-12-06 17:28:41 UTC
I think you misinterpreted. They wanted a Kit Kat. ;)
hwoodjamie6 karma2017-12-06 17:32:45 UTC
Just no 3 Musketeers. Never cared for those very much.
judgehood12 karma2017-12-06 16:37:42 UTC
Does appearing in a successful commercial hurt or help your chances of getting other acting jobs?
hwoodjamie25 karma2017-12-06 17:02:55 UTC
I'm not that recognizable so it's never been an issue. Sometimes producers/directors will know they've seen you somewhere before and they don't realize it's from a commercial. You're just a familiar face. That's always good.
jimbeam8411 karma2017-12-06 17:00:20 UTC
Did you get work work with Billy West? If so what is he like to work with?
hwoodjamie22 karma2017-12-06 17:00:47 UTC
Never met the man. I worked with little M&M's dolls and the script girl reading their lines to me.
thedexiz7 karma2017-12-06 17:02:57 UTC
Are you surprised that this commercial has endured for so long? How much life do you think it has in it? I mean, 3D animation looks quite bad and aged.
hwoodjamie11 karma2017-12-06 17:11:56 UTC
I'm floored. The director was great. I have to give a lot of credit to the costume and makeup and hair dept, because the look I have in it still holds up as 'hip'. Just put a lot of product in your hair, blacken your eyes and it's timeless. LOL
man_mayo7 karma2017-12-06 17:15:32 UTC
What's your favorite type of M&M?
hwoodjamie17 karma2017-12-06 17:25:16 UTC
Every single type of M&M's is amazing. They are without a doubt the most delicious candy or food product ever invented. If i was forced to choose I would probably pick peanut. But those new crunchy ones are pretty amazing. It's hard to keep up.
philtech16 karma2017-12-06 17:29:16 UTC
All hail corporate! But hey you have a good reason to blow the horn. Kudos!
hwoodjamie15 karma2017-12-06 17:31:54 UTC
You get it.
Snowbank_Lake5 karma2017-12-06 17:27:33 UTC
Love those seasonal M&M's commercials that have been around for years! Did you get any candy-related perks for your work? Like free M&Ms for life or something?
hwoodjamie9 karma2017-12-06 17:29:35 UTC
LOL. No. But I can afford to buy all the M&M's I want with what they pay me. Occasionally I'll walk into an M&M's store in a mall and think 'should I tell them?" But I never do. They would think I was weird.
iiAWESOMNESS5 karma2017-12-06 17:30:26 UTC
Do you have any upcoming gigs? Any current ones?
hwoodjamie8 karma2017-12-06 17:38:14 UTC
Thanks for asking. I just finished an independent movie called 'Get Lucky'. And I'm working on a play about Truman Capote (it was done on Bway in 1987, I want to do it out here in Hollywood.). Trying to stay busy.
Realsan5 karma2017-12-06 17:32:19 UTC
if I'm careful I can live off the one check for the whole year.
if I'm careful I can live off the one check for the whole year.
Do you ever worry about what would happen if they'll just filmed a new commercial or got rid of that one completely?
hwoodjamie17 karma2017-12-06 17:36:45 UTC
It's my worst nightmare. But that's the biz. I never ever expected this one spot to turn into this. It's a miracle every year (but my agent already negotiated next year so I'm good for another year). But, yeah. That'll be a super bummer.
easyaspiez2 karma2017-12-06 17:29:47 UTC
Have you ever done any other commercials?
hwoodjamie6 karma2017-12-06 17:31:37 UTC
Lots. I was also on The X-Files. Here is a link to an old reel. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otk4ldyIFh0
easyaspiez1 karma2017-12-06 17:37:01 UTC
Awesome man! X-Files!
hwoodjamie2 karma2017-12-06 17:41:18 UTC
That was a fun week.
easyaspiez2 karma2017-12-06 17:48:22 UTC
What are some rolls you auditioned for but never got that really still bum you out to this day? Did you ever audition to be on The Office? Thanks for such an easy AMA. You seem like you have a great head on your shoulders even though you are damn good at acting crazy! =)
hwoodjamie9 karma2017-12-06 17:56:23 UTC
Thanks for the compliment. As far as roles I auditioned for and didn't book (I don't say 'lost') I don't even go there. It will drive you crazy as an actor. I've auditioned for hundreds of jobs I didn't get. A big regret...hmm, the tweeker who got his head crushed with the ATM in Breaking Bad. I would have nailed that part. But the guy who got it was great and it was his job, not mine. That's that.
rjtoca8212 karma2017-12-06 17:25:32 UTC
Are you Jon lovitz?
hwoodjamie4 karma2017-12-06 17:27:07 UTC
No. I'm Jamie Marsh.
Licensedpterodactyl4 karma2017-12-06 17:38:16 UTC
Do you know John lovitz?
hwoodjamie5 karma2017-12-06 17:39:47 UTC
coryrenton1 karma2017-12-06 18:03:04 UTC
Which famous actor do you run into in commercial work consistently that most people wouldn't think does that many commercials?
What is the strangest piece of direction you've received?
hwoodjamie2 karma2017-12-06 18:13:03 UTC
First question IDK. Second question. I was asked to pick a bug out of my hair and eat it, once (pretend to, don't actually have lice). So I went very specific. I killed the (pretend) bug with a finger against my head, then rolled it out on a couple of hairs and chewed it with my front teeth. They loved it. Luckily it didn't make the final edit. Too graphic.
Vharr1 karma2017-12-06 18:28:16 UTC
As a swede, and since wiki said you lived there, I have to ask. How was it to live in Stockholm?
hwoodjamie3 karma2017-12-06 18:30:19 UTC
Amazing. I love Stockholm. I try to visit every summer.
Vharr1 karma2017-12-06 18:34:22 UTC
If you have to pick one, whats your favourite spot there?
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Vharr1 karma2017-12-06 18:40:53 UTC
Good choice :D , Gamla Stan sure is beautiful! Do you get recognized alot when you're visiting Stockholm?
hwoodjamie3 karma2017-12-06 18:43:36 UTC
LOL. NEVER! I never get recognized anywhere. The most that happens is someone thinks we went to school together or something.
easyaspiez1 karma2017-12-06 17:39:58 UTC
You are a really talented actor. What was it like working side by side with Gillian and David? Holy hell.
hwoodjamie2 karma2017-12-06 17:44:00 UTC
Thank you. They were very professional and friendly. I really had to step up my game. Especially with Gillian. She doesn't mess around. She was incredibly prepared and generous. Duchovny was just a cool guy. Gary Shandling was hanging around with him on set the days I worked with him so that was really cool.
easyaspiez1 karma2017-12-06 17:52:59 UTC
Awesome response. Thanks! This is a cool AMA. I hope more people see it.
hwoodjamie2 karma2017-12-06 18:02:01 UTC
Thanks. I'm just a working actor in Hollywood. There are lots of us. It's a job that has some perks and status attached, but in the end it's just a job. I'm trying to answer the questions as best I can, from a redditor's perspective. As I watch Bel Air burn on local TV news.
humanoidfrog1 karma2017-12-06 17:36:42 UTC
hwoodjamie3 karma2017-12-06 17:39:20 UTC
Depends what I'm drinking.
matrix_man1 karma2017-12-07 16:45:04 UTC
Not sure if you're still answering questions, but here goes: What percentage of actors would you say can actually make a living off acting? I'm not talking about being stupid rich and famous, but just making a decent living without having to work any sort of side-jobs.
hwoodjamie1 karma2017-12-07 17:16:24 UTC
I think it's less than 1 percent.
matrix_man1 karma2017-12-07 18:01:09 UTC
Wow...that is super-low! I guess it's easy to forget that for every multi-millionaire Hollywood blockbuster actor/actress there's thousands of people just trying to put food on the table through acting. How do you think aspiring actors/actresses can stay motivated knowing how few ever get to make a living off of acting?
hwoodjamie1 karma2017-12-07 18:30:17 UTC
Tough question. Find a group of like minded artists and work amongst yourselves. Do scene nights, Make you tube videos. Just create content and have fun. Community theater. Acting classes (can be a financial drain). Stay creative. With digital technology a world has been opened to everyone. You can create content and distribute all on your own. That has never ever been the case before.
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hwoodjamie1 karma2017-12-07 19:06:15 UTC
Wow. I am so flattered that you think someone would pretend to be me. LOL. https://www.reddit.com/r/pics/comments/7i8sel/proof_that_i_am_who_i_say_i_am_super_flattered/
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hwoodjamie1 karma2017-12-07 19:09:31 UTC
This pic doesn't do that? https://www.reddit.com/r/pics/comments/7i8sel/proof_that_i_am_who_i_say_i_am_super_flattered/
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hwoodjamie1 karma2017-12-07 19:12:18 UTC
That picture doesn't prove who I am?
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hwoodjamie1 karma2017-12-07 19:13:46 UTC
So many hoops to jump through...https://jimboinla.imgur.com/all/?third_party=1#_=_
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hwoodjamie1 karma2017-12-07 19:18:18 UTC
You are definitely not getting any candy next Halloween.
hwoodjamie1 karma2017-12-07 19:21:23 UTC
A mod just made me prove I am me. LOL. Amazing to think that someone would pretend to be me. Anyway...it's me. https://imgur.com/NNwDmrm
snark_billy1 karma2017-12-06 16:55:42 UTC
How did you get cast for it?
I ask, because I have done a few TV commercials and a couple of episodes of a TV show, but would like to do more.
hwoodjamie4 karma2017-12-06 17:01:14 UTC
Agent submission to casting director. Union- SAG all legit.
snark_billy3 karma2017-12-06 17:02:06 UTC
Right on. Not a member of SAG and just got 1099's.... and my agent sucked. :)
hwoodjamie3 karma2017-12-06 17:13:53 UTC
Stay with it. Congrats on 1099.
daxriggs1 karma2017-12-06 17:51:02 UTC
Do you get M&M's for free?
hwoodjamie5 karma2017-12-06 18:02:15 UTC
Everyone does on Halloween!
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