Today we’d like to introduce you to Graciela Campos.
Hi Graciela, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
I moved to Los Angeles from Utah to attend the American Academy of Dramatic Arts five years ago this January. I’ve been working as a professional actor for about four years. I’ve been on stage, in short films, and commercials. With my sister, we have a collective called Existimos where we would put on art events for the QTBIPOC community in Utah. The beginning of 2020, we actually had our own space but lost it due to Covid. With the money we make from events, we donate aide to El Salvador since we are Salvadoran. Currently because of Covid, there isn’t a lot of acting opportunities so I’ve picked up modeling and photoshoots. Now I’ve just been coming up with concepts for at home shoots with myself or friends. To me, working with friends and close colleagues is the best thing you can do as a creative in Los Angeles.
Alright, 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 the smoothest role mainly because I moved here all alone and I am close with my family so the loneliness catches up. Also, trying to balance a day job while pursuing acting can be real tough. Especially when you have to miss out of opportunities because of your day job. Or you don’t have time for your craft cause you are working a 9-5. It’s also hard taking all the rejection. It makes you doubt your talents.
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?
Primarily I am an actress but I like to think of myself as a creative director. As of lately, I am known for my at home photoshoots and my collaboration with friends. I am most proud of lately — especially during Covid is how I come up with photoshoot concepts in my space. Because of Covid, the act of creating has its boundaries now. But it also has pushed me to figure out how to keep my creative juices going with such limitations. I think all creatives are different and bring their own unique style to their work. What sets me apart, I would say is that my motto is, “use what you have to make it happen.” I don’t let lack of resources stop me from creating my vision. If there’s a will there is always a way. I also emphasize working with your peers and friends. So many people are only trying to work with “already established” persons but some of the greatest minds are undiscovered. I also am very much a collaborator. Feeding off other people’s energy and ideas inspire me so much.
Before we let you go, we’ve got to ask if you have any advice for those who are just starting out?
Engage in life and with all types of art. Watch a range of films, listen to old songs, read interviews that include your favorite creatives. I read so many actor interviews and watch so many round tables. The richer your life is the richer your art is. Don’t forget to live and exist outside of this business. Don’t do anything for the hype. Be genuine and honest. You will never know it all so always be a student. There is no one clear path or road to take so follow your gut. Advice I wish I heard starting out would be “don’t overthink and just be present.” Also just be you — not who you think people want you to be, or people think you are but you. Be the younger you. Find the inner child that you hid away because you became a teenager and started caring too much about what people think. Authenticity always wins friends.
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Photo with animal print blanket: ME Photo with two friends: Nayeli Maldonado Photo with gems in eyes: Chelsea Wallace Photo in front of red barn: Chelsea Wallace Photo in tiedye: Red Heart Media Photo with plants: ME Photo in green chair: ME Photo with green shirt: Josh Haynesworth