Q: What made you want to become an actor?
A: I wanted to become an actor because it has been my dream my whole life to just wake up every day and have a new dynamic job/life. I have had some of the most liberating moments of my life acting and portraying a character relatable to different experiences of my life. I have met some amazing people too and people who have guided me and helped with hardly anything asked in return. It’s crazy how it happened when I decided to do this. I moved out here alone at the age of 19 not knowing anybody but a few people who had promised to help me out that I hardly even knew, so it was a big risk for sure, but I was willing to go for it. A culture shock at the beginning as I am from a town of 15,000 people and hardly even having enough money to be secure for the whole year. I have been to rock bottom for this, not having any luck coming in before, no friends believing in me, family drama, and my own personal problems, but that is all another story. I did not admit that I wanted to do acting until I was near the end of my senior year in High School when I was 18. I originally planned on going to college and playing tennis in Texas from a scholarship I was offered, but then turned it down for this, and it was like it was meant to happen when I followed my heart from meeting people who have advanced me and guided me in big ways. So, here I am following my heart and chasing the dream, and I’ll never stop, even when I make it in the limelight.
Q: What kind of day job (or income source) do you have?
A: I currently work at a shipping & packing shop that sells magazines as well as P.O. boxes. It at least is giving me some source of income to be able to pay for a few extra things and rent. I also get a little help when needed from different family members combined which hasn’t been very many because of their realistic views on life and thinking this dream is unachievable. With the exception of my Mother and Step-Father, who have been willing to do whatever it takes to help me see this through. I believe in being yourself and doing what you love, where many of my family believe in going to college and getting a degree, which doesn’t promise you a job anyway in this sporadic economy.
Q: Why is acting better than your current day job?
A: It is just something indescribable to for me. The only way I feel like another person could understand my point of view is if they relate it to something they cannot live without and dearly love in their life. Love is the most important thing and is the greatest feeling. I love acting more than anything I’ve ever put time in to. It is a completely new world with imagination and emotions heightened. I feel like I have really found myself as well after I have been pursuing this, and like I said it has been some of the most liberating moments I have ever experienced in life and also meeting amazing people. I could go on and on why I love this more than anything, and why I live for it.
Q: What role do you play in Helen Keller had a Pit-Bull?
A: Steve the intern, who was initially set for me to play was a geeky guy who could never score with women. But I think after the director saw me more in person and who I was, that he thought it would be better if I played more of a “Stiffler” type of character, which is funny because that is one of the type of characters I have been told by my acting coach that suits my sort of look and comedy side. I enjoyed being the goofy and confident type guy who really was just more concerned with status than getting actual work done. It was a really great experience being in this film and I couldn’t thank Josh Mitchell enough for what he did for me and meeting him in general was just a blessing. He is an awesome guy and very motivated to get the job done. I can’t wait for what the future holds with this team.
Q: The film deals with a Hollywood scammer. Who is the biggest scammer you have encountered in town?
A: It’s Hollywood. You are bound to meet many people who claim they are legitimate that will do so and so for you, but really just want your cash. I have encountered a few people but my journey is still young and fresh, so I am sure running into more of them will be inevitable. That is why I have learned to do my research and stay vigilant in this industry. Keep your head up and your feet on the ground.
Q: What kind of training have you had?
A: I have been trained privately by a professional actor who is up and coming. He is one of the greatest, down-to-earth people I have met. He has done so much for me spiritually, bringing me out of a shell that I thought could never be repaired. I love that man and I don’t think he will ever know how much I look up to him. He has been in a feature film with Hugh Jackman and was on the number one hit kids show in the world. I couldn’t have asked for a better mentor to guide and advance me through my career. So many people get the wrong training from acting, and I was lucky enough for him to show me the legitimate commercial side of acting.
Q: What was your most memorable acting job so far?
A: Definitely this recent film I just shot with Josh Mitchell. It was the longest shoot I have done and was able to have some great screen time throughout this project. It was very fun and a challenge. I loved throwing myself out there. I was there nearly all days of the shoot whether I was acting or helping the crew, because I just want to be on the set as much as possible to learn and to feel positive energy to attract more projects in the future. I have learned a lot from this project and it also has ignited my ambitious fire to a new level, unleashing the beast and I’m ready to tear up more projects in the industry, showing the world what I’ve got.
Q: What makes someone a good director?
A: I would say to be a good director, and I’m no expert but in my opinion from what I’ve seen is to know what your story is and always have things planned the way you see it, having a good eye for what will look good. Also taking as many takes until you feel like it is perfect, knowing which people fit the character’s roles you’ve written, and always keeping things rolling. Whatever you become, the more practice, the better you become. No celebrity or person is ever born with the talents and skills enhanced to the relations of when they were a child. Keep going, keep believing, keep imagining, and only strive to be a better you. Never stop working.
Q: What do you like about Los Angeles?
A: I love Los Angeles. I’ve wanted to move here since the first time I visited when I was around 12 years old, and I always have been drawn to it. The weather is amazing, it is the city of big dreamers, massive amounts of people, always something to do; the ocean, and the options of women is always a nice addition. So, those are the reasons I would say I love Los Angeles more than any city.
Q: What don’t you like about it?
A: What I don’t like about Los Angeles? Well, I guess that would be that it’s not a very welcoming city if you are new when you first move out on your own and there are snakes in the grass preying on young blood like me to buy into their propaganda. Some people knock down your dreams which is funny because I’m not very easily fooled with people before even a word is spoken by them. That’s a plus side to being an emotional person. Also the traffic is annoying, which I’m sure everybody can agree on that. But I don’t have much I don’t like about this city, those are just minor things. I stay positive and love meeting new people regardless. Never pay attention to negativity.. I’m just focused on doing my job. I’m from the bottom, so up is the only place that I’m going. That’s my only goal.
Please note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects:)