Today we’d like to introduce you to Dinora Walcott.
Dinora, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
My teaching life began just after undergrad, when I became the Director of Performing arts at a high school in Boston – my hometown. I loved teaching, but there was so much more about the craft (acting, singing, performing in general) that I wanted to know. That desire leads me to getting my Masters from Harvard University’s American Repertory Theater and the Moscow Art Theatre in Russia. I have now been living in LA for the last ten years, working as an actor, comedian, musician, and acting coach.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Smooth is not a word I would use to describe it. Long is the word. A long road that included everything from bartending, selling fitness gear at CostCo, being a “Box Girl” at the Standard Hotel, managing a restaurant, and being an Adjunct Professor at Cal State. All while pursuing acting. And getting married. And having two children.
Acting Honestly – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
In addition to being an actor, I am also an acting coach. I work with actors at every level: those who are just starting out, on up to the seasoned professionals. Over the years I have decided to focus more on audition coaching. I really love the immediacy of helping actors get from not really knowing in what direction they want to take a scene, to, “I’m ready to go in there and melt these casting directors faces off!” I encourage actors to come from a place of truth and honesty, and to always allow yourself to play.
What is “success” or “successful” for you?
My vision of success has shifted over the years. Initially, success was getting my SAG card, booking Guest Star roles, becoming a series regular. My current vision: to work on awesome projects and productions with brilliant creatives, have time to spend with my beautiful family, and make boat loads of money! You know, easy!
What are your plans for the future? What are you looking forward to or planning for – any big changes?
If you had asked me that four months ago, I would have had a very different answer. Now, that we are living in the age of Covid19 my plan is to stay flexible you have to be flexible when you’re married with two children. I’ve shifted to coaching over video, I’m creating more online content, writing, and I’ve signed with a new voice over agency. There is no way to know what my industry, along with most others, will look like over the course of the next few months or even years. So, I’m along for the ride! I’ll be ready and excited to get back on set whenever it’s safe to do so!
- Phone: 818-814-6170
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: @dinorawalcott
- Twitter: @dinorawalcott
Main photo by Vanessa Acosta,
Photo with pink shirt Michelle Kim