Today we’d like to introduce you to Chris Pudlo.
Chris, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I moved to L.A. in 2001 at age 19 and my first gig was playing Frankenfurter in the midnight showings of the Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Nurart in West L.A. Shortly after, I started stage managing and performing in a handful of Del Shores’ plays which eventually led to me being in Sordid Lives: The Series playing a mental patient alongside Leslie Jordan. I studied at the Groundlings and UCB and did a handful of indie films and parody videos. One of the parody videos my friend and I created was a Knots Landing “Greatest Hits” that garnered a lot of attention. After this, my friend decided to ramp up our impressions and we created the stage shows “Hollywood-Uh, Could-Uh, Should-Uh!” and “Rise ‘N Shine with Bette and Juliette. The second show ran monthly for a year and a half which consisted me doing an impression of Juliette Lewis.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It hasn’t been a road but a rollercoaster. The irony is I’ve never made a financial living as an actor but somehow my life has been more fun and exciting than the “Move to LA, become an actor, win an Oscar and live in the Hollywood hills” delusion. I’ve definitely had insecurities not knowing where I “fit” in this town. It took me years and years to get an agent and even then, I never went out for projects I wanted to be in. I’ve found that creating your own art and not waiting for Hollywood is the way to go. Hollywood calls you when you create. My dating and social life in Los Angeles has always been wonderful and I’m very grateful for that. I’ve also had amazing apartment karma. I always land a great pad and that makes the journey much more enjoyable.
Chris Pudlo – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I’ve been an actor, impressionist, photographer, animal lover and nature enthusiast living in L.A. for 19 years. I love to create. My brain is kind of like a “DVD SHUFFLE.” I see movie clips and I love creating a hybrid of Hollywood moments in my performances and my art.
What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
I am most proud of the shows that I’ve written, produced and performed in with my creative partner. Those moments made me realize that I can do anything I want if I focus on it. A recent, fun moment was when I edited a video of myself doing my Juliette Lewis impression and Juliette herself posted the video to her Instagram. She’s a fan! People like Alicia Silverstone and Amy Sedaris were commenting and responding and I had the “Ok, there’s something here. Go with this.” moment. It’s very rewarding when people you are fans of encourage you. I am currently writing a web series called “Mixed Nutz” which is a mix of impressions, pop culture and film in a variety show package. I’ve also become a nature nut over the last eight years and I have done countless road trips. I am currently building a California road trip website to showcase curated road trips for people to experience.
- Website: www.chrispudlo.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jacktorrance81/
- Twitter: Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClNfMXFi0r-vQBdTKTSoJZA?view_as=subscriber
- Other: https://www.instagram.com/califukinroadtrippin/