Nevada Union graduate lands national TV commercial gig
Tom Plumley, a 2011 graduate of Nevada Union High School, plays a featured role in a Taco Bell and Sony Entertainment commercial which began airing Sept. 24.
“It’s getting a lot of air time,” said his father Doug Plumley. “It’s amazing the number of people who have already seen it.”
Tom, 22, said he had to fly to Santiago, Chile, for the commercial’s film shoot. The spot will air through the end of October.
“It was such an amazing experience to go to another country and work in the industry that I love.” he said.
Doug Plumley said the new commercial is the first one where Tom plays a featured role. Several years ago, he was in a McDonald’s commercial, but “he was in the background, and if you didn’t look for him, you would have missed him,” Doug Plumley said.
Tom Plumley has also done some work for Nickelodeon and the Disney Channel, but those were also in minor roles, his father said.
Tom Plumley said he became interested in acting when he began drama classes at Nevada Union with teacher and mentor Rob Metcalfe.
He participated in several school productions and was on the Comedy Sportz team, he said.
He was also involved in local theater and spent summers in Santa Cruz attending Young Actors Theater Camp.
His senior project was the production of a comedy show performed at the Nevada Theatre in Nevada City.
“All these experiences helped propel me toward a serious acting career,” Tom Plumley said.
After graduating high school, he spent a year in Santa Barbara studying film production. Then he moved to Hollywood to begin his professional acting career.
”The audition process can be grueling,” Tom Plumley said. “It takes thick skin and a lot of confidence.
“You have to make things happen and always be open for opportunities and continue to build your skills and relationships,” he added. “This business is like running a marathon — the work is neverending but the rewards are definitely worth it.”
Tom is a Nevada County native. His parents, Doug and Gayle Plumley, are the owners of Grass Valley Pest & Weed Control.
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