Today we’d like to introduce you to Zachary Fairless.
Zachary, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
At 19 (in 2010), I moved from my hometown Yucca Valley, CA to Los Angeles. I dropped out of the community college I was kind of attending and used that FAFSA money to pay for my first month’s rent in LA. All I knew was that I wanted to “do comedy!”
I immediately took an improv class at Groundlings, then these free Christian improv classes (I’m not religious, but I was broke). Eventually, I was able to get both my parents to help me pay for classes at UCB (not Berkeley). I took improv and sketch classes there from 2011-2014. At UCB, I also co-wrote and co-performed my half-hour sketch show called ‘Now Is Tight’ with my other creative half, Nick Luciano. To pay for improv and rent, I spent over three very long years doing non-union background work for Central Casting. This job showed me a lot about the entertainment industry, mostly the not-so dreamy and gross aspects I didn’t realize could come with the territory. Through this, I felt I needed to approach the industry in a different way- with consciousness, communication, love, and with my own style.
My intention with creating is to be honest, real, and vulnerable af. When I follow that process, I produce art that I am excited and proud of. I create art through live sketches, stand-up, and making short films with my friends and other talented artists! I’m an Artist/Comedian/Actor/Writer/Dumbass and I’m passionate about a couple of other things, especially veganism, animal rights, and helping the environment. I currently co-co-host a weekly stand-up open mic called Instant Shine where my best friends and I provide a welcoming, safe, and creative space to get up, be vulnerable, and hopefully funny! My life goal is to make art and act in films full time. I live for IMDb and weed is tight.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Always, there will be struggles. Fear and worry are big ones for me. This shit still prevents me from doing things I dream to do. I’m constantly learning how to truly let that fear go and focus on gratitude to overcome those old stories of lack and unworthiness. I’ve gone from living out of my car and sleeping on countless couches to providing for myself through my art and living alone in a beautiful studio. A more recent obstacle for me seems to be finding the ideal representation for my career. I’ve booked roles in commercials, tv, and films through my own connections and work, but it often feels like I need an agent/manager to actually get the opportunities that align with my life goals. So I’m still out here trying to get in touch with the right representation who dreams as big as I do!
So, what’s next? Any big plans?
Continuing to make my own stuff. A new short film from ‘Very Nick and Zach’ is in post-production and almost finished. I have a small role in this really funny indie comedy called Teenage Badass that comes out in 2020! Working with that crew and director Grant McCord felt very life-affirming and I’m excited for more jobs like that!
- Website: https://zacharyfairless.com
- Phone: (760) 885-7270
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @dingusbutt
Nick Rasmussen – Personal photo; Gabe Kimpson – Screen Grab from short