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!
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