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KD: So for the first part of your career, you really went out there and tried to get jobs on your own. CA: I did try to self-promote because I never had anyone to do it for me. It's so true. I ended up with the shadiest of representation, both management- and agent-wise, and it's just now that I'm really getting into the groove of having good representation. It could have been a lot better. I was trying to figure out how the business worked. I mean, I came from such a small town in Virginia, and it's not like you can just pick up the classifieds and read about acting jobs. I had to deal with a lot of broken promises, though looking back, they weren't really promises -- just lip service -- and I'm finally at a spot now where I have representation that I can work with. No matter how much work I have and how great the roles are, I'm still going to be tossing and turning at night, wondering if I'm still going be working. The Wire is so hot right now, but the writers' strike is really slowing this down. ["This interview was conducted before the strike was settled." -- KD] You know the phrase, you need to strike when the iron's hot, and I don't think they every intended in working the "strike" of a writer's strike into that phase. KD: How did you get into acting? CA: It's hard to say. I like entertaining people, and in every interview I've done I always talk about where I grew up -- Bedford, Virginia. It really was the epitome of Little House On The Prarie, and I grew up mimicking the TV. That's where I learned accents. Maybe it was in Social Studies, in fifth or sixth grade, when I started reading about England and the beginnings of America. When I was called on to read out loud, I read with a British accent. And other kids -- I was never the most popular, I was somewhere down the middle -- I remember other kids saying, "Get Chris to read it again with that accent." No one else could do it. I don't know if it was a gift from God or not -- I mean, we all have talents. I don't know if that was the beginning of it. I liked entertaining people, and I got a kick out of no one else being able to do that accent. I wanted to work for the government and tried to do as many accents and learn as many bits and pieces of other languages as I could. I wanted to be an actor when I was a kid. Of course, everyone grows up saying that's what they want to be -- that and an astronaut. KD: Okay, but most kids grow up and then turn out to be a dentist or a salesman. But you stuck with acting. How did that happen?