In this episode guest, Robert Cunniff, a “Professional Geologist” turned “Actor/Producer,” who had spent over 25 years working for someone else and about 4 years ago went on to become a solo consultant is featured. His shift is one that shows how making a change can bring success if you follow your heart. As a Geologist, he was involved in environmental issues dealing with the remediation of contaminated soil and groundwater, as well as the geotechnical aspects of civil infrastructure. Robert has stood in the shadow of an ash cloud on the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii, traversed glaciers in the Swiss Alps, discovered previously unknown caverns, and geologically mapped the water tunnels over 700 feet below the streets of New York City. Once working for himself, he was finally able to branch out into other areas where he could focus on expressing his creativity.
Robert’s first acting gig was on the “FOX TV” series “Gotham” as a “Background Prisoner” in the “Blackgate Penitentiary.” Since then, he has worked on nearly every television show that films in the NYC area and his acting has progressed into principal roles. Robert, typically performs as a detective or a uniformed officer, in most of the true-crime recreation shows on the “Investigation Discovery” channel and he has built a following as a “Comedic Actor” on “Instagram” and “YouTube.” After answering an ad on “Backstage,” he was cast in a parody video called, “Work Naked Day,” produced by “New Media Comedy,” in Colonia, NJ. He then became a regular on “New Media Comedy’s” “Instagram” page with a weekly “Officer Bob” comedy video, and on a successful movie-review series titled “October Moviefest Countdown.” Robert recently became a full partner with “New Media Comedy” and is now a producer. He continues to make his own content, in addition to working behind the scenes of “New Media Comedy’s” productions.Some of their production pilots are for two major online streaming services and they have released a feature-length comedy, “Gail’s New Boyfriend,” now in negotiations for widespread distribution and doing well on the film festival circuit in the USA. They also have another feature-length drama, “Syzygy,” in post-production. There is no short in business as they continue to produce “Instagram” and longer-format comedy videos on a daily basis, some of which consistently receive in excess of one million views within 24 hours after posting.