In 1970, Ken landed his first acting job as an Albanian soldier on the movie: Mrs. Pollifax – Spy. Taking a chance on getting more work like this, Ken moved to Hollywood and upon arriving he joined SEG (Screen Extras Guild) an started working on numerous films and TV episodes. He then joined SAG (Screen Actors Guild) in 1972.
Once he became a member of SAG Ken originally began appearing as a character actor. While honing his talent, Ken was also a wild river guide, guiding many tours across Americas rivers in-between movie projects. In 1972, after guiding a survey team into Slick Rock Canyon, Colorado, Ken filmed this expedition and also captured images of early native pictographs. Shortly after developing the film, Ken shared the footage with an ABC American Sportsman cameraman. 10 days later, Ken was leading another expedition into the canyon, this time to be documented for ABC Sportsman and aired later. Ultimately that show led to the preservation of the Dolores River and Slick Rock Canyon.