One of the most beautiful, loving, caring souls I know is my friend Bianca Santos. You'd never know meeting her that she has starred in such projects as The DUFF (2015- Mae Whitman, Bella Thorne), Ouija (2014) and (my personal favorite) as Lexi on Freeform's The Fosters.
I met Bianca in an acting class a year and a half ago and let me tell you - this girl is as loving, genuine and supportive as she is talented. Whether it is coaching a friend for an audition, coming over for girls night, chatting on the phone about nothing, or celebrating with us at our wedding - Bianca is one human I know I can count on no matter what. And I am so excited to share her story with you! So without further ado - keep reading for my bedheaded interview with actress Bianca Santos!
Tell me a little about yourself and how you got started in acting
Hello! My name is Bianca, I’m a first generation American and my parents are from Cuba and Brazil. I’m born and raised in LA which makes me a unicorn. Even though I spent a lot of time acting in my own right growing up, I am not a child actor (shock!) so I had to figure it out as an adult.
What was your favorite project you have worked on?
I think there comes a moment when your job transcends just showing up and doing the work and it becomes something more. When I worked on an indie film in 2015 called Priceless, I had the privilege of taking ownership of my craft. I was invited to be a part of the collaboration process and each scene got to have my feedback and voice heard. The immersed participation I had with that project makes it one that will always be close to my heart.
What was the hardest thing you've had to overcome in your acting career?
Honestly? The lulls. People will tell you about how difficult it is to break in to the business but the equally challenging (in a different way) part is realizing “breaking in” never stops— “made it” is an illusion. Once you book that show and that movie, you’re now up against EVERYONE everyone already knows. Staying afloat when your pool of people you’re up against is an A-lister thats a phone call offer away can be daunting. But it’s important to remember everyone has their turn in this town, keep the faith.
Who has been the most instrumental in your career life?
Has anyone read Malcolm Gladwell’s book Outliers? Read it. The whole book explains the factors of success and mainly how it never comes without help from people plus environment plus context. That book has my story. Showing up to an industry with perfect timing with the help of unlikely people. From that weird acting coach I had who made a phone call to get me a manager, to the creep from class who had a crush on me and literally gave me a crash course on what the business side of acting is. These strange characters are not in my life but they were instrumental to my career.
What advice do you have for people trying to break into the industry?
When I started I had no idea what I was doing so I joined an acting studio. This is such an important step because who else can you bounce the ideas of what headshot photographers to go with, what managers to aim for, and where are you going to find friends you can shoot things with? Community and perseverance, those two things are the foundation of your career and they work best together. Otherwise it’s a lazy lonely road!
What's the best life advice you've been given?
I was searching for direction at a pivotal point in my life, and I happened to be in a luncheon with one of the most famous people you’ve never heard of: Albert Bandura, World Famous Psychologist. I was one of 12 people dining with him before he was to give a big University lecture (aka hanging with Beyonce in her green room before her show). He was delightful, recounting stories when suddenly my friend Corrine asked, “What advice do you have for the younger generation?” I was salivating, anxious to hear his response…“You regret in life the things you did not do.” —the simplest quote hit me like a ton of bricks. Acting. I need to do acting. It was my absolute truth.
How important is it for you to have like-minded artists around? How did you build that community for yourself?
It’s so important to find and surround yourself with like minded people!! Creativity and success are infectious I’ve found. You must surround yourself with those that are excited to build you up, not be jealous of the heights you will reach. I’ve been fortunate, I’ve built my community through past projects I’ve worked on with some of the most incredible humans (Madisen Beaty) as well as through acting classes (what up Ans!!).
I don't know about you but I just ordered "Outliers"! Thank you B for such an insightful interview! If you guys want more of Bianca you can check her out in "SPF 18" out now!
I don't know about you but I LOVE podcasts (I even had one of my own!) I listen to them all of the time - when I'm hiking, sitting in LA traffic, cleaning my apartment, whatever - and I especially love podcasts where actors talk about their journey. It is so inspiring to hear that Jenna Fischer (Pam from "The Office") struggled in LA for 8 years before booking her iconic role, that actors are people who have struggled and fought for what they have now. So I have made a list of podcasts to keep you inspired and help you not feel alone in this crazy, wild, magical city while perusing your dreams!
Off Camera With Sam Jones
This was the first actor-interview podcast I found a few years ago and it is still one of my favorites. Sam Jones is a photographer that goes deep into the past and careers of some of Hollywood's biggest stars. According to the show's website "Off Camera is hosted by director/photographer Sam Jones, who created the show out of his passion for the long form conversational interview, and as a way to share his conversations with a myriad of artists, actors, musicians, directors, skateboarders, photographers, and writers that pique his interest.
Because the best conversations happen Off Camera." | Listen Here
That One Audition with Alyshia Ochse
I found this podcast a few months ago when Lucy Hale (Pretty Little Liars, Life Sentence) advertised that she was going to be on the show and boy! do I love it! Alyshia is so sweet and detailed with her guests. She interviews actors who are making a living as actors, and some you've heard of, but others are relatable working actors who are making a living and doing what they love. The audio isn't the best every episode but there is so much actors can pick up in each episode that are so helpful and inspiring. According to the show's website: "Honest, humorous and inspirational conversations with your favorite on-screen storytellers and Hollywood influencers who reveal their most life changing audition tales and the survival skills they’ve collected along the way."| Listen Here
Kahnversations Podcast By Ryan Bailey
If you've lived in Los Angeles for any amount of time (or maybe even if you haven't) you've probably heard of famed acting teacher Lesly Kahn. Her studio is a powerhouse and a great resource for actors. And one of those resources is the Kahnersations podcast hosted by LK Staff Member Ryan Bailey. According to the show's description "So many inspiring podcasts out there allow us to hear all about how well-established stars got to where they are today. But those actors are so faaaaaaar away from where so many of us are today! Wouldn’t it be great to hear from the guy who just booked his first pilot? Or the kid finally doing a studio pic after a bunch of low budget indies? Or the woman who’s been a series regular a few times but is only now becoming a name? What about the guy who’s been on a show for years and you know his face but what’shisnameagain? Or that actress who is now a freakin’ showrunner???? How’d THEY do it, right? How did they transition from relative obscurity, bartending and bottle service, to buying that house in the hills? Listen in and enjoy as these entertainers speak candidly about their paths, processes, and experiences." | Listen Here
Backstage did an article on a bunch of others and I haven't listened to most of them, but click here if you would like to!
Until next time!
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Thank you for stopping by. My name is Ansley and I am a creative being. With not much to show for it. Feel the same?! Welcome! For all of you artists out there who are just hanging in there - this is for you!