Realistic Extras and Supporting Role Players
All Special Forces soldiers have to learn a bit of role-playing to do their jobs, and all Special Forces are so well trained they are naturally good students and quick studies. This makes them very flexible and amiable when it comes to production.
If your production wants or needs realism, we provide the real operatives. This serves to add depth, style, and flavor that can only be captured in the details by real operators. Our operators give any production something that no extras or supporting actors can, and that is the realism that can only come from being real.
Special On-Screen Talent
Over Hawke’s twenty-five years of service, he has met a handful of Special Operators who have taken an interest in the media and visual arts. These folks have pursued studies in film, television, radio, writing, and public speaking. Since most Green Berets are teachers first and foremost, they are all trained and experienced in being and performing in front of groups of people. To some degree, there is even a bit of acting involved in making a class interesting to foreign students, particularly when they’re teaching in the foreign language and need to supplement concepts with actions and activities.
The result of this, is that SPECOPS has a small pool of actual Special Operations Forces veterans who are either skilled, studied, trained, and/or experienced in providing on screen talent.
How We Got Our Start in Production
Hawke found his way into the media quite by accident. He started a medical company to provide health care in war zones. This was stressful for his men, so he started a tourism company to run a fun camp for kids in Costa Rica. This is where MTV Road Rules found him. He helped develop the story, plan the segment production, and played the dual role of good guy and bad guy for their series finale. This led them to ask him to work on other shows, first as medic, then security and translator, then as a segment producer.
After 9/11, with SF in the media forefront, he was asked to be a subject-matter expert on a few shows, and then was asked to do more talent-based shows for film and reality TV. It is this background and experience that has helped Mykel to find, select, train, and hand-pick a small number of SOF Operators, based on their personality and abilities, to be able to offer their services to select productions.
Hawke has had a number of offers and inquiries for hosting various shows, but has declined many—not for lack of interest, but rather lack of expertise. Mykel knows what he knows, very well. But more importantly, he knows what he doesn’t know and always shoots straight with media personnel. If they want someone to host a show about police, Mykel Hawke and SPECOPS offers them the best for their show and for the public consumption: a Special Forces Ranger, D.C. Cop, and Delta Operator who is handsome, personable, well spoken, confident, fit, and—most important of all—a truly experienced and vetted world class expert that can really deliver the best for everyone.
If you’re a production company looking for new and real talent, talk to SPECOPS, we’ve got you covered. At the end of the day, all of our personnel have led a serious life full of intensity that breeds one attitude common to all: we know how to live, because tomorrow we may die and that means our people know how to have fun! Life is short and no one gets out alive!
If you’re a production company looking for new and real talent, talk to SPECOPS, we’ve got you covered.