We had the good fortune of connecting with Chevonne Hughes and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Chevonne, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
Honestly, my work life balance used to be horrible. I had no hobbies except watching movies and TV. With each passing year, doing so was becoming more of a learning tool than entertainment. I didn’t have passion projects outside of acting because my career was my passion project. Now that I’ve established a solid base resume from which to grow, I’ve been able to relax a bit more. And now with Covid 19, I’ve been forced to relax and find ways to fill my time. I have found some wonderful new hobbies. Some I’m good at, and some…..not so much but it’s been awesome to have something outside of developing my career to focus on. As an actor you have to have a complete life . It can’t be all about your career because then what kind of life experience can you pull from while performing in a scene. Living a full life is invaluable to an actor. I got lost in pursuit and forgot to do that.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
The old answer used to be auditions, bookings and traveling to Atlanta for a recurring gig. Now, I’m very much in “Stay ready, so I don’t have to get ready” mode. I’m trying to do everything I can to be a better product for when the industry goes back into full swing. I’ve had to be really proactive. I was able to add new talent management to my team, do self tapes (mock and real), and also have some general meetings with Casting Directors I didn’t know before the shutdown. I also read a play with friends over Zoom which was fun, and we’re hoping to do it again. Another way I’ve been staying busy professionally is prepping myself to do voiceover auditions and jobs. I know there might be more access to these jobs than ever before as the entertainment industry adapts to accommodate Covid concerns and guidelines.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
My list would definitely include taking in the LA skyline at Griffith Observatory while drinking a New Orleans iced coffee with Oatmilk from Blue Bottle (5 min drive from the observatory). The next day would have to be a beach day at Pointe Dume in Malibu. You can do a short hike, and then lay out on the beach for a picnic after. I’m a foodie, so my tour would include outings to my fave local spots like Atrium or Sawyer. Maybe an oyster happy hour at Messhall . If they’re willing to hike a bit, I’ll take them to HIPPO in Highland Park. I also have to take them to Same Same for Thai or Chinatown for some dim sum. We’d definitely have to go to a barcade like Button Mash or EightyTwo. I’m a sucker for Bowling at Shatto Lanes as well. Finally, if the season and weather is right we would do my fave thing to do in LA, a movie screening at Hollywood Forever. Since we might not be able to do that this Summer, I may investigate some options for a fun drive-in situation. If you have any recommendations let me know !
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?
My talent agency, Firestarter Entertainment , my friends who continue to have my back, and my awesome therapist !