We had the good fortune of connecting with Chris Saavedra and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Chris, what advice would you give to someone who feels like they are facing insurmountable odds?
They are probably not the first person to experience a similar struggle. Find gratitude in the things that you have at that specific moment. Next, you can start applying the smallest of actions to change your current situation. Make your bed, clean your place, pay your bills on time, check in with family/friends, etc…. Completion of these little tasks may give you confidence to tackle larger tasks. Do not try to control the things that are out of your control. Step outside of yourself and your own struggles by helping somebody else. Not only is this beneficial for another person, but it will alleviate the pressure of your own hardship. It will give you a moment of freedom from your own obsessions, over-thinking, analyzing and fear. Listening to and helping other people will allow you to approach your own hurdles with a different perspective. Also, try to stay open minded while listening to advice. When facing difficulties we may get tunnel vision, thus making it extremely difficult to recognize change or see hope. People outside of our situation looking in may be able to give small direction on how to move forward. Lastly, never forget that pain is the touchstone to spiritual growth. Do not let your struggle go to waste. Learn from it.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
We are a growing boutique talent agency located in West Hollywood. I am proud of the short period of time it has taken for us to be recognized by our peers as a legitimate agency. We rep talented, unique, hard-working actors. I am excited for the future of Commercials, Television and Film. There will definitely be challenges in this new climate post Covid, but it will give creatives and businesses a chance to innovate. I cant imagine its easy for any new business owner-no matter what the field. Personally, I did my research and homework on how to start an agency. We are so lucky to be living in the 21st century, we have the internet. Any question I had I went to Google and unpacked things from there. I looked at successful agencies before mine. Then, I completed each task one at a time. I never looked too far ahead and kept my mind focused on the next goal. We continue to take this approach, and the roster continues to grow. To quote, Will Smith, “you dont try to build a wall. You dont start there. You start with one brick-im going to lay this brick as perfectly as this brick can be laid” You build a business one brick at a time. I have learned many lessons in my professional career. I believe the most important one is that communication is paramount. I would rather over-communicate, and be a bit bothersome rather than making a simple mistake. Every problem in business can be discussed. Most issues in my experience come from misinterpreting something due to not communicating properly. That is probably the case outside of business as well. There isnt too much I would like to say specifically about the Agency itself. I could come up with a bunch of adjectives and fun things to say, but those are just words. And im obviously biased hahahahaa. The strengths lie within our roster of talent, and the jobs we have booked. I have tremendous respect for our actors, and the paths they have chosen. We are one piece of the pie to help them achieve their dreams.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Start with Toast on Third Street for Breakfast. Get a hike in at Runyon or Griffith Park- Check out a matinee at the Arclight on Sunset. grab a coffee nearby at Philz. They have to check out the grove for shopping. Melrose and Fairfax works too. Dinner in Venice or West Hollwood. LA has some incredible museums as well, like LACMA or The Broad. Check out a show at Groundlings, UCB, The Comedy Store or The Improv on Melrose. For a long weekend you can take a day trip through Malibu, up to Ojai or Santa Barbara. The Sunday Farmers market on Melrose Place is great for food, flowers, house items etc… Also, on Sunday the Fairfax Marketplace is great for antiques, art and vintage clothing.
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 wife. She has pushed me harder than I could have by myself. She has made me a stronger human, and helped me realize my worth and potential. My family. They have always supported me through thick and thin. My friends. They have listened to me, and have always shown up in difficult times. Jordan Peterson- Author of, “12 Rules For Life” This man has given me a tremendous amount of hope and perspective.
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