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Meet Isidoro Perez

Today we’d like to introduce you to Isidoro Perez.

Isidoro, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I always knew I wanted to be an actor. Since I was a kid, I watched people and imitated them. Me and my sisters grew up in some rough areas. When we moved to one of our apartments, we didn’t have a TV. I took some of our moving boxes, cut rectangles in them, jumped inside and pretended that I was on TV to entertain my sisters. Sometimes when I was wondering around the neighborhood, I’d find old window screens. I carried the window screens around for days and held them up in front of my face and entertain people. My mother was my favorite person to entertain. When she was sad, I would tell her stories, jokes and made faces just to see her happy. As I got older, I started to realize what I wanted to do. I’d collect bottles and run to our local Blockbuster and rent movies. I believe that film saved my life. I stayed inside for hours, watching my favorite movies just to escape from reality. To feel seen and heard. I would watch Wesley Snipes in Blade and feel like a superhero. I would grab a broomstick as my sword and throw on a jacket and shades, and jump around our small apartment. I felt like I could conquer anything. That’s all I want to do as actor. I want to tell stories that make young kids like me escape their reality and become superheroes. I want to inspire people to push a little more and let them know that I see them. They are seen and they are heard.

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’s been a rough road, but I wouldn’t want it any other way. I believe the struggle is beautiful. The struggle is where you find out who you really are and who you’re supposed to be. In acting, there are so many technical struggles from representation, auditioning, and actually filming. In my opinion, the hardest part is finding who you are and showing that to the world unapologetically. For so many years, I struggled with depression. I tried to hide it from the world, but my sister told me one day, “You don’t need to act. You know how this feels. You’ve been there, you’ve seen it. Just let go and show people that you’re their biggest supporter. You can communicate pain, struggle, and depression because you’ve seen it. There’s no need to act”. I have been able to use my duality to show pain and struggle but at the same time show the beauty and love that you need to pull yourself from it. The struggles in acting is what has opened the door to me freeing myself. So in a way, there is no struggle. It’s just a process of becoming who you’re meant to be.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I’ve been in Commercials, TV Shows, and Feature Films. I’ve made appearances on S.W.AT., 9-1-1, and Snowfall. I’m most proud of the people I’ve met and the experiences I’ve had off camera. I’ve met so many people who have changed my life. My manager, Victoria Monroe, has been one of the biggest blessings in my life. She found me when I had nothing. She saw something in me and believed in me. I consider her a second Mom. I’ve met so many friends through acting class who have become like brothers and sisters to me. I finally found a safe space to create and be who I want to be.

What I feel like separates me from others is nothing. I am just like everyone else. When I come on screen, I want people to know that I am them. I’ve never been rich. However, that is the beauty of film. People should look up on the screen or on billboards and see themselves. Make them believe they can do anything. I’m not better than anybody else. I am the struggle, so when people see me on screen I hope they feel a connection and see themselves. This same struggle has however, made me one hell of a relentless man in my work ethic.

What quality or characteristic do you feel is most important to your success?
Determination. I always look at myself in the mirror and “How bad do you want it?”

People who know me know that I have no fear. I got the spirit of a fighting dog, so whatever needs to get done will get done. No question about it.

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David Muller Photography, Tony Marino

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