In 2008, Michael Aaron Gallagher attended his first movie audition and was offered a role as a character in the independent horror film Ms. Cannibal Holocaust (SRS Cinema) by award-winning Director Ron Bonk (Clay) and award-winning Executive Producer Jonathan Straiton (The Two Plates).
“Michael is a director’s dream,” Straiton said. “He’s not afraid to push the limits, or try ’till we get the take! He’s early, he stays late and dives in head first. Actors like Michael add true professionalism to the art.”
The director also reflected on working with Michael on the film. “Michael was a pleasure to have on set – on time, attentive, able to follow instructions easily, combined with the ability to quickly learn on-the-spot, knife-fight choreography,” he said. “Truly an asset to any movie production!”
The indie horror film was released on DVD in 2012, and is also available to watch on Amazon Prime.
In 2012, he attended his second open casting call for the movie Adult World (starring Emma Roberts, John Cusack and Cloris Leachman). After director Scott Coffey saw Michael at the casting call, he received a callback and was asked to audition for a small role as a computer repair technician in a scene with Emma Roberts, although he was not offered the part.
In 2013, he was an extra in a scene with actress Michelle Hunter for the independent action thriller Iris (directed by Chris Steinberger). The film, which was produced by Watchworks Studios is available to watch on Amazon Prime.