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Check Out Carlos Chavez’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Carlos Chavez.

Hi Carlos, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
I was born in Peru and acting was always part of my life but at a young age, you don’t really think too much of it you know? It was a hobby, a safe place where I could be myself and really express what I had to say. I was lucky enough to perform at the biggest theater in my city and discover that I wanted to do that for the rest of my life. Ended up moving to LA in 2014 and haven’t looked back.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
I has for the most part, I think it depends on how you look at it. I really like to stay positive even when things don’t go my way. Specially in this industry, you have to let go of control. So many things are completely out of your control and worrying about every single one of them would drive anyone crazy. Every time I have a struggle, problem or something didn’t work out the way I was expecting, I sit down and ask myself if there’s something I could’ve done differently. If there is, I learn from it and move on. If I stayed true to myself and it didn’t work out because of whatever reason, I find comfort in knowing I did everything I could.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I used to mostly do theater but I’ve been part of some really cool productions lately and I don’t think I can choose a favorite anymore. I’m mostly known for my work at the DharMann Studios. This started a couple of years ago when I booked a short film where I was gonna play the role of a boyfriend getting friend-zoned. I believe it was a whole day of filming and once we were done, I never asked what it was for. I bought dinner, went home and before I knew it I was working with one of the biggest YouTube channels out there, This experience opened a lot of doors for me and I’ll always be grateful to them for that. The thing I’m most proud of is staying loyal to my beliefs, I think it’s super easy to get lost or lose yourself in this business and that’s why it’s so important to surround yourself with people you truly care for and love. Your tribe will always remind you of what’s really important, who you are and what the end goal is. Even when you don’t. So be smart about who surround yourself with.

Any big plans?
I think the beauty of this career lies in the surprise factor. I once drove for over 2 hours to Santa Monica for a commercial audition. I remember it was a really hot day and I had the biggest pimple in my nose but it didn’t matter. I was gonna go in and give everything I had. The whole audition lasted 10 seconds and I never heard from it again. However, on the way out I saw a poster outside the casting office that said “It only takes one YES”. For some reason, that sentence changed my whole mindset and mood that day. I didn’t drive 2 hours to not get the role. I drove 2 hours to read that. To this day, I repeat that sentence to myself whenever I feel disappointed or frustrated and it keeps me going. Cause we never know when it’s gonna happen you know? It can happen today, tomorrow, ten years from now. The future is completely unknown so might as well focus on your day-to-day.

That said, I’m working on a couple projects that mean a lot to me and will share more details when they are released. Recently I was lucky to sign with an agency I wanted to work with for the longest time so I’m excited to see what opportunities open up. I don’t think I can control what’s gonna happen but as long as I stay positive I think it’ll work out the way it’s supposed to

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The first 2 pictures were taken by Danny Ngeam.

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