It’s not possible to film a movie, television series or commercial every day, but what drives Casey Bond as he continues to establish himself in the entertainment industry in Hollywood are relationships.
Tuesday night Bond had the opportunity to form some new relationships as well renew some old ones during a reception at the Regal Green Hills Theaters prior to a showing of Moneyball. More than 150 Lipscomb supporters attended the event. The public was also invited and approximately 300 people filled the theater for the 7:20 showing.
Among the group was Bond’s mother, Cynthia, who made the trip from Peachtree City, Ga. His father, Tom, was unable to attend.
“Thank goodness, first of all, I actually like talking to people a lot,” Bond said. “I can go up to someone and say my name is Casey and that is good enough. But I asked them how they know someone else or ask them about what they do I have gone the extra mile. And when you go the extra mile things always happen.”
Bond posed for photos and signed autographs during the reception. Since arriving in Nashville Sunday he has appeared on television, radio sports talk shows and in the print media. He also spoke to theater and communication classes at Lipscomb.
“I met people who played baseball at Lipscomb in the 1950s,” Bond said. “I talked with a theater student for 20 or 30 minutes. It is great to also build those types of relationships.”
His aunt, Lily Nelson, has been an actress. She called one of her friends who connected Bond with an agent. The next day he was in a national commercial.
“That was about relationships,” Bond said. “I revisit relationships. I go to acting classes. I go work out. You have to be motivated. I am always looking for the next thing.”
It was the fourth time that Bond, a former Lipscomb baseball player who plays pitcher Chad Bradford, had seen the film. He admitted he was more interested in the crowd reaction to the movie, which stars Brad Pitt, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Jonah Hill, than he was in watching the screen.
“I was listening to reactions,” Bond said. “This was a film that I was on for a long time.
“You put yourself in a situation where you are displaying yourself to the public. Obviously, you would like to hope that your work is well-received. It seems like it was a great night.”
Bond has not been affected by the glamour of the profession. He admits that the wild side of Hollywood has no allure for him.
“I face those challenges every day,” Bond said. “I could stray off to the bad side in a second, but to me it is not a worry. I don’t even bat my eye out it. I am not like everyone else out there and people have noticed it.”
He credits Lipscomb for showing him the importance of doing things the right way.
“I was only at Lipscomb for one year but I came in and started in center field,” Bond said. ‘That was huge. For coach Jeff Forehand to put me in that position right away and have that trust was huge for me.
“Lipscomb has a commitment to doing the right things and being a good person. It is not about just going to church but in everything you do in life. Brian Shoop, my coach at Birmingham Southern also stressed doing things right but that was a team and Lipscomb is a university doing it.”
Bond and a couple of his friends have formed a production company. He knows how he wants his career to grow.
“The ultimate goal for me is to have an idea, write it, produce it, direct it and be in it,” Bond said. “The best guys out there are doing that.”
But at this stage of his career, after a little more than a year in Hollywood, succeeding as an actor is his top priority.
“I would love to play a quirky character, someone totally opposite of me,” Bond said. “I think it would be so fun to be completely out of my element.
“My favorite actor is Daniel Day-Lewis. It would be a true test to see if I could really get outside of myself.”