Actor Mike Schminke has looked for his big break since moving to Chicago four years ago. On Tuesday, the nation will see his hard work pay off.
The 34-year-old Fort Dodge native will appear on NBC's "Chicago P.D." as a parking valet who gets paid to put trackers on cars to later be stolen.
Schminke says the dramatic role is a new challenge for him, having normally been cast for the comedic roles in TV commercials and low-budget films.
"This is a pretty big milestone in my career," Schminke tells Channel 13.
The actor is a graduate of Fort Dodge High School and the University of Northern Iowa. He says the support from his hometown community validates his effort in the acting industry.
"I feel like I am on the right track because as you can imagine as an actor, you're just trying to book things and stay positive. There is a lot of rejection to deal with so when something like this comes along and you feel that support and it's just phenomenal."
Tuesday's cross-over episode between Chicago P.D. and Chicago Fire will feature another Central Iowa native.
Sasha Smith is a guest star on Chicago Fire, playing a mother who was hit by actor Taylor Kinney while driving her car. Smith's mother, Patty Ryan, says this opportunity is only the beginning of her career. "We've spent a lifetime of taking her to practices at the Des Moines Playhouse and now she’s made a name for herself in Chicago," she says.
A small viewing party was held at Ryan's home in Des Moines. Family and friends plan to host a larger re-watch party on Friday.
Smith, 26, is a graduate of Des Moines Roosevelt.