Today we’d like to introduce you to Adrian Snow.
Adrian, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
Sure! I was born in Houston, Texas way back in the 20th Century. I moved with my mom to Atlanta when I was a kid, before moving to Chicago to study acting at The Theatre School at DePaul University. I had always had an interest in performance growing up. I would recite nursery rhymes I learned for my mom’s friends in my kiddie pool. For a while, I found myself attracted to more science and chemistry fields, and forgot about acting until 12 or so. That’s when I decided to go into acting as a potential career, and asked my mom for acting classes, and got into drama club.
I don’t think my parents realized how serious I was about being an actor until I told them I was leaving the South for a conservatory program. After college, I performed in Chicago for four years for various theaters including Lookingglass, Steppenwolf, and a few local black boxes. I made the move to LA in 2012, where I ironically found my way back to chemistry through herbalism. It’s always nice when life comes full circle like that.
Since moving out here, I’ve worked in nearly all fields of acting from theatre, television, commercials, and video games. I’ve also gone into writing and comedy at The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, and am starting up my own natural body products company.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I’ve been acting for over 20 years at this point, but when I reached a professional career as an actor, I noticed that there was a major gap in the stories being told for Black Women. For so long, we’ve been resigned to a supporting character, or frankly, the help. Even when we are the star of our story that put through a lens that is considered an acceptable story for us to tell versus showing the layers and multitudes that exist in stories about being Black in America and the world.
Growing up, I hung out with the alternative kids. I’d go to ballet and tap class after school, and then go see Rocky Horror Picture show at midnight showings and see my friend’s punk band. I also chased my fair share of R&B boy bands and heartthrobs.
Having these experiences on top of being frustrated with what I was being offered in my acting career, I decided to write the comedy web series, Crazy Sexy Oreos, with my improv teammate and friend Dyani Rejae. We wanted to showcase a Black experience in White spaces as well as a different view on what it is to be Black because we are more than one or even two stories or your sassy best friend. We’re currently in post production and working the festival circuit.
On the other end of that, I got into herbalism a few years back because I wasn’t satisfied with the products being offered for my hair when I went natural. My hair wasn’t growing, and that sent me on a journey that led me to the California School of Herbal Studies where I not only learned the medicinal benefits of infused oils for body products but herbal internal medicine as well. I’m such a hippie now! This is what California does!
With that knowledge, I want to offer a reasonably priced all natural product through my company, Strange Gazelle. They’re handcrafted and ethically sourced, and they have an expiration date. I know that sounds weird, but if your food didn’t have an expiration date you’d be weary, so why aren’t you weary about the products you put on your skin? Skin is an organ and it needs nourishment like every other part of your body. I’ve been doing small arts and crafts festivals, and hope to have the website up and running in time for Valentine’s Day 2020.
What do you think it takes to be successful as an artist?
Oh boy! That’s a tough one. I would define success as setting a goal, and achieving what you find to be an acceptable version of that goal. If you strive to be a world class surgeon but become a great surgeon in your hometown, that’s still pretty close. My career isn’t quite what or where I thought it would be, but I’m also nowhere near done.
With that said, it’s perseverance that is the essential part of being an artist. If you’re chasing someone else’s dream or comparing your career to your peers, you will probably lose the momentum you need to keep going in this field. Doors will be closed in your face, you’ll experience downfalls, people will tell you who they think you are a lot, and you have to keep going. And in those downtimes, because they will be there, have a secondary creative endeavor you can focus on. Think of it as a way to simply keep your sanity, and keep going. Being an artist is a lifelong commitment.
Lastly, go about it your own way. People are going to tell you how to be an artist, or what’s acceptable or not, and it’s all hullabaloo. (I like out of fashion words) I got my manager from a cold email, I got my commercial agent from a workshop, I auditioned for a major role in a major film by mailing my headshot. Be inventive with the way you go about your art and your career, and stay ready.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
Crazy Sexy Oreos, Season 1, will most likely be released late summer, early fall on a streaming platform near you. 🙂 If you want to see us in action, and you’re an LA local, we are the new hosts of Church Improv at The Clubhouse! It’s the 1st and 3rd Monday every month at 8 pm, and we also perform throughout the town at various comedy theaters. Follow us on Instagram @oreoimprov or @churchimprov.
Strange Gazelle currently sells at UCB Flea. We will have a few dates this year for people to come and support comedy artists in their other creative endeavors. You can find those dates as well as my contact, and info about the website opening on Instagram @strangegazelle.
And if you’re just curious about my acting career, which is going well, feel free to hit me up on Instagram @msadriansnow. It’s a lot of pictures of my cats, and clips from my times on current shows such as The L Word: Generation Q, This is Us, General Hospital, and the upcoming season of Kidding on Showtime.
- Website: www.adrian-snow.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @msadriansnow
- Facebook: facebook.com/adriansnowactor
- Twitter: twitter.com/msadriansnow
- Other: www.strangegazelle.com
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