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December 13, 2007

A little bit of Hollywood

Malakoff graduate Clark talks to Chamber about life in the entertainment industry

Josh Clark — assistant location manager for the TV show “Prison Break — spoke to the Athens Chamber of Commerce Wednesday during its monthly luncheon.

Clark was born in Arlington and moved to Tool when he was five years old. After graduating from Malakoff High School, he attended Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches.

Clark explained how he got into the entertainment industry and talked about what is happening in Hollywood right now.

“I didn’t really know what I wanted to study,” he said. “My parents just told me ‘Do something.’ I then started looking at the film department and it really intrigued me.”

He said he began getting nervous about his future around his senior year of college.

“People were saying you couldn’t make a living in film unless you moved to Los Angeles, and I wanted to stay here,” Clark said.

He didn’t have to worry, though, because after graduation he began working as an assistant location assistant for the TV show “Walker Texas Ranger.” Clark said he knew he had made the right decision — to go into the entertainment industry — as he worked on the final three seasons of the television series.

“As the last season came to an end I started to get nervous again, because you don’t really know where you are going to go or what you will do next,” he said.

After the show wrapped, Clark packed his bags and moved to Austin where he began working with Robert Rodriguez, who directed “Once Upon a Time in Mexico” and “Sin City.”

“Working with Robert Rodriguez was great, because I studied his films in college,” he said.

Clark began working on “Prison Break” after receiving a call from the producer of the series. The two had worked together on “Walker Texas Ranger.”

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