Rich Henkels 3.0... That's me. At the age of 55, I quit a great, lucrative job do something that would bring joy. 5 years later, I find myself producing a TV Pilot, with high hopes and even higher standards! Workforce - The Pilot is just the start!
Talent Agent
A complete "ham" growing up, I let life come full circle when I turned 55, and became a full-time actor. Those around me, raising kids and paying for college tuitions, all asked, "... who does this?". The better question is "why?" We have to find joy and spread joy in this life. That especially applies when you have kids. I decided I needed to model for them a life well lived and a life fully enjoyed. So good bye regular pay-check and hello to the instincts that had me play roles as diverse as Li'l Abner in the musical of the same name, and Tybalt, in Romeo and Juliet. 15 years in TV news had me comfortable in front of the camera; so spokesperson and hosting roles, which reward experience with teleprompter, served as my bread and butter initially, with commercial work taking a close second. Experience with several short films changed all that, and I am all-in when it comes to film/TV work. At the start of the pandemic, I started a group called Actors' Think Tank, a collaborative of 30+ actors from across the country that get together once a week via Zoom to work on their craft, and sometimes learn from industry guests, whose experience is, in some cases, legendary. See Kevin Bacon, Austin Pendleton, to name a few. (actorsthinktank.org)
In January of 2021, everything changed again, when an Actors' Think Tank member brought me a script called Workforce. A tremendous story of redemption, complete with conflict, humor and over-flowing with human nature, Workforce came to life with Actors' Think Tank members filling most of the roles.
Teaming with a director I'd met in another short film, we set sail on the project and, before I knew it, I was serving as EP, Lead, and any other role that needed filling. Which get us to where I am now. Workforce - The Pilot is my first effort as a producer of any kind. Self-funding a project has proven unbelievably rewarding and humbling, at the same time. As we turn the page on this, going from film festivals to finding production and distribution partners for our series, my eyes, ears and imagination will remain open. My parents, who raised a dozen equally spirited and independent souls, gave me this guidance when I filled them in on the Workforce script: If you are going to invest in anything in this world, invest in yourself! Thanks Dad and Mom.
Grand Prize Best TV Pilot
Workforce - The Pilot
Silicon Beach Film Festival
Los Angeles
2022
Honorable Mention
Workforce - The Pilot
Paris Film Awards
Paris
Honorable Mention
Workforce - The Pilot
London Film Awards
London
Honorable Mention
Workforce - The Pilot
Milan Gold Awards
Milan
Best Actor in a TV/Web Series
Workforce - The Pilot
Actors Awards Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Best Web Series/TV Pilot
Workforce - The Pilot
IndieX Film Festival
Los Angeles
Best Director, Best Television Pilot Program or Series
Workforce - The Pilot
Indie Cine Tube Awards
Kolkata, West Bengal
Best Actor, Award Winner Feature Film
Workforce - The Pilot
Salt House Creative International Film Festival
Kincumber, NSW
Best Web/TV Series
Workforce - The Pilot
Diamond Bell International Film Festival
Chennai
Best Web/TV Series
Workforce - The Pilot
8 & Halfilm Awards
Rome
Special Jury Award
Workforce - The Pilot
Greece Film Festival
Best Actor, Best Director Feature Film
Workforce - The Pilot
Chicago Cinema Awards
Chicago
Best Actor, Best Web/TV Series, Honorable Mention Best Poster
Workforce - The Pilot
Art Film Awards
Scopje
Best Actor, Best Drama
Workforce - The Pilot
Crown Point International Film Festival
Chicago
Bronze Prize Best Web Series/TV Pilot, Bronze Award Best Ensemble Cast
Workforce - The Pilot
Independent Shorts Awards
Los Angeles
Award Winner Best Web Series/TV Pilot
Workforce - The Pilot
New York Movie Awards
New York
Award Winner Best Web/TV Series
Workforce - The Pilot
Hollywood Gold Awards
Los Angeles
Best Score, Best Supporting Actor, Best Web/TV Series
Workforce - The Pilot
World Cinema Awards
Best TV Pilot, Best Actor
Workforce - The Pilot
Hong Kong World Film Festival
Hong Kong
College
Boston College
Double-Major: Economics and Broadcast Journalism
19811983
College
Whitman College
Economics
19791981
High School
Judge Memorial Catholic High School
19751979
Birth Date
April 2, 1961
Nickname
Rich
Birth City
Philadelphia
Current City
Lansdale, PA
Hometown
Salt Lake Coty
Height
6' 1"
Gender
Male
Ethnicity
caucasion
Eye Color
Brown
Zodiac Sign
Aries
Children
Two boys, 25 and 23
Rich Henkels 3.0... That's me. At the age of 55, I quit a great, lucrative job do something that would bring joy. 5 years later, I find myself producing a TV Pilot, with high hopes and even higher standards! Workforce - The Pilot is just the start!
Talent Agent
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