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Meet Curt Gavin

Today we’d like to introduce you to Curt Gavin.

Curt, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I grew up in Arlington Virginia with a passion for skateboarding and music. I was about to go to high school and had decided I didn’t want to play baseball on the high school team so that I could spend my time jamming with my friends, skateboarding, and all the other mayhem that came along with those interests.

My mom had different ideas. She was a firm believer that the devil finds work for idle hands and insisted I join some after school activity. Her solution: Theater. She told me it would be a great place to meet girls and I reluctantly agreed. Fast forward four years. I had a newfound passion in theater after having an amazing teacher and decided I wanted to go to school to be an actor. I followed that dream to VCU where I earned a BA in theater and minor in history. I first cut my teeth as an actor in DC with some small companies and worked at a restaurant to support myself. I tried stage managing too but realized DC wasn’t the right place for me to pursue my dreams and a restaurant was a dead end for my creativity. After some planning and visiting NY and LA. I decided to pack up my car and head out west. I am now on my 3rd year in LA I have a TV credit for the Fox show “Legends and Lies” under my belt and build sets for two of the largest theater companies in LA as well as freelance projects.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I think one of the biggest struggles as and artist freelancer is figuring out how to survive and pay the bills while keeping a healthy enough mindset to use your creativity and flourish as an artist. I decided carpentry, rigging, and stagehand work was a great way to overcome my restaurant obstacle. Meaning I would be in an industry where I’m still learning about my craft as an actor and meeting people relevant to my goals instead of working for something I wasn’t passionate about and getting burned out or overworked in something less fulfilling for me. Breaking in as freelance craftsman is really hard when you don’t have the experience. I have to continually work hard to keep up and stay competitive with people who have been to school for design or have been welding since high school. It’s two freelance lifestyles so you have to put in the work and continually prove yourself. However, business is building. I am getting more and more contacts and freelance builds. I recently helped open “Rock of Ages” on Hollywood Blvd as a carpenter. We had a lot of stuff working against us in terms of the building not even being ready for a show due to stuff out of our control, but my training from CTG and The Geffen kicked in and we set up a beautiful set for some really talented actors. Do yourself a favor and check it out!

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I am on this earth to help tell your stories and build your community through storytelling. As an actor, it is our job to be a mirror to society. We are in a time where rifts in our social fabric are intensifying. We need people who are willing to share hard truths or talk about issues that are uncomfortable. Whether it’s through comedy, through drama, through setting up an event or creating a space that is sacred and inviting enough to bring people together for catharsis, I am here to help. I am here to help you find your truth, I am here to help you find your catharsis. I can help you get organized. I can help you build your space. I can be your canvas or conduit to share your ideas with a world that is hungry for new ideas and community.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
I think it’s easy to have a mainstream view of success. In the entertainment industry everyone equates success with the hot actor that is on the most shows or one who is the most visible. I disagree. I would much rather be respected by people in my field who’s reputation I hold in high esteem than to be well known and liked by the public. Think about how many artists there are out there who are doing their thing and will never be famous yet are producing tons of groundbreaking work. I think some of the best finds are the hidden gems. Don’t let society or mass approval be your meter. Be your own meter. If you are pushing your boundaries and overcoming obstacles set in your way. If you aren’t giving up and overcoming your fears to find your path in life. You are success. Success is like anything else. It is all around you and is you. You just have to change the way you’re looking if you’re not seeing it.

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Rory Lewis Photographer; Teresa Castracane Photography

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