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Meet Francisco Martos

Today we’d like to introduce you to Francisco Martos.

Hi Francisco, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.

I moved to Los Angeles two years ago to pursue acting. I first studied at UCLA and after my graduation, I started working in the industry. I started working in Student projects in order to create a reel, Then a website, and with all that, I looked for a manager. I also was struggling with my English so I started reading books out loud along with their audiobooks to improve my pronunciation and get more comfortable speaking. It also helped me to develop my imagination; the more books I was reading, the easier I could imagine a character. My understanding of acting started to grow. I left behind the limitation of just replying to my own experiences and I started to create new and safe ones. I enjoy it so much more because me myself is not on the spot as much anymore and I can just create any type of life with honesty.

Acting became something fun and honest. It feels to me that in real life, we live constantly under a mask for the fear of being hurt. We tend to lie; to protect ourselves or others. We tell big or small lies. When we are acting, we can be completely “naked” and in the moment, keeping us hooked to this craft.

Today my acting is based on so much work that I’ve done on set. From commercials with big companies like “Cheetos”, “LG” or BOSCH” to music videos for artists like “DBVVS- say it” or “Shallou – All your days”. I participated in independent films for directors like Steve Balderson (bloody Famous) and Carl Bessai (6.15AM to 6.15 Pm), this last one was produced by Deborah Maxwell Dion.

I also participated in the new season for the TV show “Westworld”.

My last short “Past lives” was showcased on a big screen before the movie “Firebird” at the Directors Guild of America. This experience was unique and incredible. We shared a screen with such an important movie that by the way, was very beautiful and powerful, I would recommend everyone to watch it. This short will be also screened at the Outfest2022 festival in July 2022.

I also want to highlight the short film “Clear water”. It won 4 awards and four nominations in different festivals like; Berlin Indie film festival or Los Angeles Film Awards (LAFA).

Today I am still working hard, and the better you become the more opportunities come. But that doesn’t mean you can relax, in fact, you need to work even harder. I am in a point where people are getting more interested in my work and that opened my doors to meet important casting directors like; April Webster, Ronnie Yeskel, Marc Hirschfeld and Jan Glaser.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
It hasn’t been easy. My biggest obstacles were the language, the immensity of the city and the competition. I moved to a place with a lot of people, and even though we were mostly actors, not everyone came to Los Angeles with the same idea of Acting that I came. For me, acting was a serious profession so I didn’t want to join all the parties they were throwing every day. For me, acting was a long-distance race and I needed to be focused all the time. That added to the fact that I was working on my English and classes at the same time. It was a very hard moment in Los Angeles…It got me distracted and it took me a while to find my community and people with positive orientations and motivations. I also had a surgery in my finger and I spent 15 days in the hospital. My friends were staying with me at night so I didn’t feel alone. Right after, my mother came and I got to spend sometime with her.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I’m an actor. I’m specialised in practically everything but I love psychological thrillers. I’m here for the stories that hold meaning and can inspire all kinds of people.

I am proud of leaving my profession as an optometrist back in Spain and come all the way to Los Angeles to pursue what I most love Acting.

I carry my own experiences and that is what’s keeping me being me, no one can be the same person and pretending to be another person is just a paper wall

Let’s talk about our city – what do you love? What do you not love?
I love the weather in Los Angeles. I also love surfing and acting, so LA can cover those two things almost perfectly. Is a great city with so many people full of creativity and passion. People here are fascinating because they allow their imagination to take off.

I don’t like the traffic, the individuality and the coldness. We are all running to get things done, we travel isolated in our own cars. It almost feels like everyone is in their own bubble and I think that we are a little disconnected from each other and we a losing that human element.

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Image Credits:

headshots and professional photos ; Colin Brennan In the picture inside the cinemas we are along with the director from the movie “firebird”; Peeter Rebane And the main actor; Tom Prior. also another picture at the premier “firebird” I also uploaded a picture with Ronnie Yeskel (On my left) sitting on a chair. Other pictures from the festival Outfest and South by Southwest Other pictures from set.

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