Today we’d like to introduce you to Tomás Decurgez.
Hi Tomás, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
Today, I continue to be a full-time working actor, but also a struggling producer and a wannabe produced screenwriter. I’m originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, where I was already acting, mostly in theater and shooting worldwide TV commercials. Where did I get to where I am today? Well, it’s 2020 and I’ve been traveling the world since July. Yes, some of my friends ask me if I’m crazy. But I actually found 2020 to be the best year to travel. As many might know, most casting director’s offices have closed and we actors are all self-taping our auditions. So in July 1st, I left my apartment in West Hollywood, like many people who left LA, and I started a road trip through eight states, during three months, while writing a TV pilot and auditioning online. In October, I flew to Madrid, and I’m right now writing this from Warsaw, Poland. I will be in Barcelona for Christmas and new year’s. And I have a flight back to LA on January 12th, 2021. But who knows what the world will be like then and if I will in fact, get on that plane. I’m enjoying the present like never before while doing my craft remotely.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
It’s never a smooth road. And I think one of the most important lessons I learned in my career as an artist is that the “Art” part is maybe just a 20% of what it takes to get where you want to go. That is why so many talented actors, dancers, writers, visual artists, musicians, etc., never get there. Even though they are more talented than others. It’s because of those who “made it” are better at all the non-artistic parts of the business. Who to contact? How to properly contact them? How to sell or get your script produced after you wrote it? How to get the right agent for you if you are already the most amazing singer in the City? etc., etc. Not having a monthly paycheck as a self-employed person in a creative field is hard. I’ve always been good at saving when a major royalty check arrives. But sometimes, those checks don’t come in. It is definitely a bumpy road, but I don’t regret any of the risks I’ve taken, and I would take them all over again.
Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
As an actor, it was always very important to know what my strengths and weaknesses were. What do audiences see when they look at me? My first language is Spanish: One of the “strengths” that got me my manager and agents (some of the best in the industry). But having an accent in English has been a weakness from time to time. The truth is that even when I was getting better at it, times changed and now Latinos with accents have more parts in movies and shows. So sometimes I have to go back to my previous, thicker accent. What sets me apart from others? Well, we are all unique, and that’s the beauty of this business. Adapting to the times we are living is key. This applies to every single performer in the world. And today more than ever, diversity in the performing arts is a major goal. As a writer, this applies too, because people around the world need new voices to tell their stories. I started writing because I got tired of watching remakes and the eighth sequel of blockbuster movies. Good, new writers are needed, and we all have a personal, original story to tell.
Alright, so to wrap up, is there anything else you’d like to share with us?
I would like to encourage people to travel. We all think we will travel the world someday. And then we get cough up with stuff, responsibilities, life. But flight tickets have never been cheaper, there has never been more apps and services for us to find a place to stay anywhere in the world. And traveling is something that we can never regret doing. It enriches us, gets us to know new people, new traditions, see other cultural issues, and expands our imagination. The world is going through a transition now. Work can be done from home. Whoever is reading this, if you get the chance to rent a cheap cabin in the woods with wifi, do it. Or take your online classes from Japan. I’m doing it, and it’s incredible.
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