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Meet Diego Medellin

Today we’d like to introduce you to Diego Medellin.

Diego, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I live a life without filter. It’s in my blood to be outspoken and I love to observe and study people’s behavior and personalities. Also, I do have a talent for manipulation, which sounds horrible but my parents gave me a strong education and because of it, I’ve always used this for my craft and not for taking advantage of people. I have cero shyness in me, talking in public fuels me and I’ve always been a very honest and open man. All these talents made me a natural actor. When I was a kid, my teachers and family would ask me to tell jokes and they would all laugh, maybe the jokes weren’t that good but the fact that a small child would just stand up, grab a mic and start talking was enough to create laughter.

It wasn’t until I got cast in a play in my school. The director had a surprise for us and invited a very famous Mexican actor (Gonzalo Vega) to be part of our play as the lead. After our run was over, Gonzalo said to my director “This kid is a diamond in the rough”. That was it for me, I realized I could do this for the rest of my life and everything changed.

I moved to LA and got my master’s degree in acting for film. Met EXTRAORDINARY teachers that gave the necessary tools to start competing with everyone out there. After a lot of work and perseverance, I managed to get myself a manager and agent and the real game began.

Its been years of struggling but great things always happen to those who work hard and wait. Now I can honestly say that I may not be where I want to be but I’m driving on the right road.

I’m getting ready now to shoot the feature film “Tomorrow” by Kellen Gibbs where ill be playing the co-lead.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It’s been very rough. I’ve had to encounter multiple hurdles and I think the biggest one is race. I’m not saying I’ve been abused or casted out because of being Mexican. But I’ve found that is not the color of your skin, it’s simply your heritage. I thought I was white… Until I moved to Hollywood. I was immediately placed in a box YOU ARE LATINO. Sometimes Hollywood forgets that all those great stories they write can happen to ANYONE Asian, Latino, Black, White, etc. And this has been the biggest challenge. But these are the rules of the game and you must follow them, once you can actually demonstrate that you have the talent then you can start getting roles that you want and that has been the hardest part.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I’ve heard the phrase “At the right place, at the right time” a billion times. Luck has a lot to do with it. And if I’m not where I want to be yet is because of that factor. I can honestly say that I’ve done my homework I’ve conquer everything in my path and its just a matter of time and luck so I can explode my talent even more than I already have

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