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OSU grad markets himself in Hollywood

By Penny Soldan Published: October 23, 2007
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Robert Blesse is making good use of his marketing degree from Oklahoma State University.

So far, he credits it for helping him land acting jobs on nine television shows, including "JAG,” "Grounded for Life” and "Any Day Now.” His latest project is a guest-starring role on today's episode of "Bones” (7 p.m. on Fox). He plays Charlie Rogan, a twentysomething worker at a compost site in the episode titled "The Secret in the Soil.”

"Every day, I think about my marketing degree,” said Blesse, who moved to Los Angeles soon after graduating from OSU. "I'm basically a product, and I'm selling a product. It's funny to think of yourself as a product, but I do put myself in the best position possible at all times, and I always do my best.”

Blesse's Oklahoma accent also came in handy when he auditioned for "Bones.”

"I can turn my accent on and off, but I dialed it up a bit for this one,” he said. "It helped me, too, that the guy was an interesting character.”

Blesse shot his scenes during a five-day stretch in late August on a horse farm north of Los Angeles. It was 113 degrees outside with bugs everywhere, but having series co-stars David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel in all his scenes made up for everything else.

"I really enjoyed working with seasoned actors and seeing how they go about the process,” Blesse said. "They were goofing off before we did a heavy interrogation scene. But when the cameras were set and ready, they switched it. It was pretty cool to see that.”

Something not so cool happened to Blesse before he booked the "Bones” role.

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