Today we’d like to introduce you to Quinn Baker.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Quinn. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
My story of falling in love with acting started in 1994 when I was seven years old and was introduced to Jim Carrey. That year The Mask, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective and my favorite movie of all time, Dumb and Dumber were released. It was watching these movies that I first thought to myself, “that’s what I want to do. That’s what I want to be when I grow up.” I didn’t get a chance to give acting a try until I was a sophomore in high school but from the first time I set foot on that stage, I knew I was home, I knew I had finally found my place and where I belonged. I did high school theatre for three years and found my heart’s true passion and calling. Unfortunately, after high school, I would not be on stage for another decade, for I fell face first into my addiction to alcohol. I started drinking when I was 13, became physically dependent on it to get rid of the shakes at 16, and it would dictate my every step of every day for the next tens years until I got sober on March 11th, 2014 at the age of 26. Getting sober is something I could fill an entire novel with. The ups and downs, the defeats and victories, the life lessons I’ve learned that one can only obtain by walking down that deep dark lonely road, but that is another story for another time.
Today I am blessed to share with you how walking down that road leads me back to my home. To my heart’s passion. To Acting. Two years into sobriety, after I had finally learned the basics of living, it was time to add more fruitful elements to my life and I always yearned to be back on stage so I took to getting into community theatre where I finally made my return. Through doing a couple of productions I met some people who were doing a student film where I was able to audition and was cast, to get my first experience acting on film. This is where it happened. This is where I was bit with the bug again. “This is what I want. This is what I want to do with my life.” So at the age of 29, I decided to go to college for acting. Crazy right? The biggest factor for me to do this now is if I didn’t at least try, whether it works out or not, is I can see myself at 60 years old with a lovely family, a successful career, and all the material things I ever wanted but having that huge weight in heart of “What if?” I know myself pretty well by now and that weight scares the hell out of me. So I came to L.A. to attend a conservatory college acting for stage, T.V. and film program where I graduated in June, which brings us to today. I’m living the old school actors dream, waiting tables and auditioning every chance I get!
Has it been a smooth road?
Every road that is built starts as rough, course material, that with time, effort, work, and dedication, becomes a smooth road. My road is still under construction. I have a solid foundation that was given to me at school and I’m continually working every day on smoothing out the parts that I can and asking for help for the parts that I can’t. I think the biggest struggle for me has been myself. I am my own worst enemy and I can get lost in my mind of self doubt, letting all those fears and insecurities take over. It’s taken a lot of effort and time, which I’m still learning to do, to be able to press pause, take time out, and rearrange my thoughts. I have to step back and look at things from a different perspective, a different angle. It’s once I do this I can see how my mind is making mountains out of molehills and I can start to look at things truthfully. I can look at the big picture and start to break it down into smaller chunks, reasonable and achievable goals.
Is our city a good place to do what you do?
I thinking being in L.A. is bitter sweet. It’s awesome to be in the entertainment capital of the world, the heart of where my dream lives, and know that this is where my dream can become a reality. Although it is tough because this is where everyone comes to chase that dream so your competition is insane. I’m dedicated to being here and trying my best to make it work. I understand that there is a huge amount that is out of my control when it comes to auditions and landing roles, so my goal is to do everything that is in my control and do it to the best of my ability. The rest I put in God’s hands and see where He wants me to go.
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