We had the good fortune of connecting with Cassidy Davis and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Cassidy, what’s one piece of conventional advice that you disagree with?
One piece of advice that I really don’t like is: “If you’re good at anything else, other than being an actor, do that instead.” I was told this in high school by an actress I admired, and it made me doubt whether I wanted to pursue this dream after all. Because I was, and am, good at things other than being an actor. So I spent years wondering if I should do that instead of trusting my gut and doing what I love, even if it wasn’t the safe choice. I think the intention of this advice is to warn performers that being an actor is not meant for the faint of heart. It involves a lot of rejection, a lot of unknowns, a lot of working really hard and not directly seeing the results of that hard work, a lot of high highs and low lows. So I know that the actress who told me that was intending to warn us that this is a tough industry to succeed in, and therefore, if you’re also good at something else that’s a little more financially dependable, do that instead. But I wish it was phrased that way. I wish she told me that this career choice is a difficult one. It may take many, many years for you to live the life of your dreams. It will take a lot of HARD work and thousands of hours spent working on your craft. You will cry in your car (a lot). You may live a financially unstable life for a while. It will be difficult… BUT if you really love this, if you believe in yourself, and if you’re not afraid of years of hard work, then absolutely go for it. Just know that you are choosing a difficult path, so lean into it fully and without hesitation if you feel that it is the path for you. That way the advice is the same, but it is not phrased in a way that suggests every actor is a) not good at anything besides acting and b) that you shouldn’t pursue this dream just because it’s difficult. I chose to pursue acting not because I wasn’t good at anything else, but because nothing else in my life makes me this happy. The high I feel from a great audition or amazing day on set is unlike anything else. So I believe that if you feel this way, and if your heart is in it, then absolutely go for it. Just know the risks ahead of time so you can prepare accordingly (i.e. get ready work your ass off! )
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
The project I’m most proud of is my web series, Adulting, which I created, produced and starred in. You’re probably familiar with the idea: spending your whole life preparing for adulthood and then realizing you have no idea what you’re doing. Adulting explores this hilarious and terrifying part of our lives through an unlikely duo, Katie and Charlie. Katie is a relentlessly chipper actress (read:waitress) and Charlie’s the hardened realist who just wants you to give up and start drinking. Adulting has over 65,000 views, 20 official festival selections, and it has won awards such as “Best Episodic Content” from LA Film Festival, “Audience Choice Award” from Miami Web Fest, and “Best Supporting Actress” from New Jersey Web Fest. We just released our second season on Amazon Prime, check it out! You can find more information about the show at: www.adultingwebseries.com
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
When my friends visit LA I almost always start by going to a show at UCB. It’s one of my favorite places in LA. Then I’ll take them on the Mt. Hollywood trail at Griffith Park and then go to lunch at “Best Fish Tacos in Ensenada.” They have the best tacos in the city! To end the night I love to take friends to a rooftop bar with a view of the city like Mama’s Shelter or The Perch downtown.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I think the best thing you can do when you move to a new city is find your community. Find your people. I feel really grateful to my community of supportive and loving friends who have helped me every step of the way- Sammi Begelman, Jenna Simmons, Mallory Fuccella and Katie Featherston. They are my friends, my mentors, my supporters… and I would be lost without them. I also have learned a TON and loved being a part of these organizations: Film Independent, Women in Film, The Vagrancy, Towne Street Theater and Upright Citizens Brigade.
Other: The website for my web series is: www.adultingwebseries.com and then we’re on Facebook and Instagram @adultingwebseries.
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