Today we’d like to introduce you to Savannah Mares.
Savannah, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
My parents got me into acting at the age of 6 after seeing how much I loved putting on shows at home and performing little skits. From the moment I started, it became a growing passion of mine. I signed with an agency at the age of eight, got into commercial modeling and acting and went full force into the industry. Traveled to New York, would go to LA every pilot season, and got an agent in LA. All while still living in my hometown in Arizona. After growing up in the industry, I slowly got less booked as I entered the great “awkward stage” of braces, breakouts and weird growing spurts. My agent advised to wait it out and just enjoy high school, so thats exactly what I did! While still working on my craft and going to acting classes and performing. After graduating high school, I knew I wanted to go full force back into the industry but decided to give college a go!
After two years of community college and working four different jobs just to make sure I didn’t graduate with debt, I knew it wasn’t for me. I got my associates was Accepted to University of Hawaii and turned it all down to pursue my dreams. I worked hard for two years, got an agent in AZ again, got back into the industry and gave myself the goal to move to LA. In 2019 I finally saved enough and made the move all by myself. Threw myself into the industry out here and was finding success after some struggles of course but then…. corona hit and its been downhill since. Clearly, my first year in LA didn’t go as planned but I’m staying hopeful that soon enough, we will all be back to work soon enough! I look forward to what my future holds out here in LA and so excited to be here!
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It hasn’t been a smooth road at all. Trying to save up enough and find a place in LA was a struggle within itself. Moving to such a big city not knowing anyone or if you’ll find success in such a competitive career is scary. My move here wasn’t smooth I fell into a deep depression since I wasn’t booking any gigs for months or having any luck with booking an agent. I wanted to move back home, but I knew it only took one yes for things to turn around. Luckily at the start of 2020, I started booking gigs and felt hopeful. Then the pandemic hit and its been back to square one of not booking anything. The timing keeps falling through and any gigs I did book for 2020 has been canceled. I keep reminding myself were all struggling in these times and if I can make it through this and support myself in this crazy city during a pandemic, then I can make it through anything this industry and life throws at me!
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I am a freelance Actress, Model, Creative Director and Comedian!
What sets me apart in this industry is that I can work behind and in front of the camera. I have been hired as the model and the one who puts the whole shoot together. I have been hired from photographers to help direct the shoot, put the concept together, train models how to pose, then help with the final product and marketing. I also performed years of improv while also filming horror films and dramas. I love the challenge of it all and being able to learn as much as I can to make me as well rounded as possible!
Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
I feel kindness, being openminded, eagerness to learn, vulnerability and respectful are most important for my success!
- Starting at $200 an hour for photoshoots
- Starting at 150 for creative director work
- Website: https://savannahmares.wixsite.com/mysite
- Email: Savannahmares@gmail.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/savannahmares/?hl=en
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SavannahMaresOfficial/
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