Edgar Smith didnâ€™t have anything else better to do on a Tuesday and Thursday.
When his friend asked him to share the driving and attend an â€œActing for the Camera Advanced,â€ class at Central Piedmont Community College, Smith could not turn him down.
He thought it would be interesting to see what it takes to make a commercial and a movie.
What he didnâ€™t realize is how his life would change.
The Denver resident loved being in front of the camera.
â€œThatâ€™s my favorite part-figuring out what to do,â€ he said.
Having been retired since 1985 from chemical engineering, Smith never thought he would take on another career.
â€œItâ€™s really gone further than I ever dreamed,â€ he said.
Since 1993, Smith has stared in almost a dozen commercials and several made for TV movies including Hallmarkâ€™s, â€œThe Love Letter,â€ â€œScattered Dreamsâ€ and â€œDeath in Small Doses.â€ He was featured in the first Carolina Panthers commercial in the late 1990â€™s.
After seeing himself on camera for the first few times, Smith said it was an experience.
â€œHow big can your ego be pumped,â€ he said. â€œPeople come up to you all the time and say I saw you in that commercial.â€
His most current movie is, â€œA Tale About Bootlegging,â€ which began Sept. 12 with filming. Smith plays the minister who burries the bootlegger. The movie is a comedy set off from a short story by William Axley Allen.
Scenes have been shot in Gastonia, Charlotte, Blowing Rock and as far away as Saluda.
Smithâ€™s scene was shot in Blowing Rock on top of a gorge, 350 feet up.
The towns people are shown coming up the hill with the coffin where everyone gathers around.
â€œI will be excited to see it,â€ Smith said. â€œYou shoot so many scenes that you never know what the finished product will be like.â€
It has not been determined when the movie will be released.
When Smith is not involved in film making, he loves to read.
A Monroe native, Smith loves living at the lake where he has resided since 1986.
He is very happy that he decided to get involved in acting.
â€œI had no idea all this would pop up, it was just a matter of being at the right place at the right time,â€ he said.
by Amy Wadsworth