A Long Island native, actor, writer, and (reluctant) producer Eddie Alfano (Barry, Shameless, Good Trouble, Birds of Prey) has a huge body of acting work and has written and produced multiple award-winning short films and web series. We covered a lot of ground in this interview, from the challenges of film acting to how to utilize your perfectionist traits to nail your self tape every. single. time. Eddie looks back on his career when he started acting back in 2008 during the last Writer’s Strike and what he would have done differently, and how he has chosen to embrace his typecast as the cop and bad guy. He also shared what it was like for him to cast his own short films, and what he looks for when casting actors. If you’re like me and have always wondered about using your typecast to your advantage, casting actors in your own work, and what we can do to make ourselves shine, this episode is for you.