Today we’d like to introduce you to Gloria Jumi.
Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
So originally, my background is in science, I have a Bachelors in Biological Sciences and I went to get a Masters in Molecular Biology which I ended up postponing. I was always interested in the arts and I love cinema and tv but I never thought it was something I could pursue. During my studies for my Masters, I noticed this wasn’t what I wanted to spend my life doing. I couldn’t imagine myself being in a lab all day and just doing research for the rest of my life. That was when I decided to postpone my studies and go back home to Cyprus. After a few months, I started looking into acting schools in LA. I thought if I didn’t at least try, I would regret it. So in January of 2018, I attended an acting school in Santa Monica and I fell in love. Everything just clicked, this was the path I was meant to take. After completing my course, I went back home and tried to find a job but things were very limited not very inclusive and diverse so I decided to come back to LA in 2019 and get an acting certificate from UCLA extension. I have since then graduated and now I work at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood while also auditioning trying to live out my dream.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
It was definitely not a smooth road, coming from an academic background I struggled with the idea of giving up everything I had worked for up to that point. But I knew it didn’t make me happy and I needed to make a change. Also, how do you tell your parents you want to postpone your Master’s degree to pursue acting.
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I am an actor! At times it feels strange saying it out loud. As someone new trying to break in the industry, I am open to everything and anything. I have done student films, short movies, video clips and most of them unpaid unfortunately but I know this is how it is when starting out. Even though I didn’t see it in the beginning, my background in science has definitely helped me along the way. From being disciplined, organized and doing the research when it comes to different characters to being able to audition with ease when it comes to scientists/doctors/nurses or academics because I’ve lived it.
Risk taking is a topic that people have widely differing views on – we’d love to hear your thoughts.
It was a hard decision for me leaving behind what I knew and what I had worked for, for a career that is so unpredictable and unstable. But I believe in this case the higher the risk, the higher the reward. Even though I was unsure in the beginning, I have definitely not regretted my choices.
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Not the personal photo but Pic 1) photo by Michael Koutoumbas Pic 3) photo by Savvas Christou