We had the good fortune of connecting with Christopher Gannon and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Christopher, how do you think about risk?
Risk taking is what life is all about. If you combine risk taking with optimism, your life will gain a whole new meaning. It’s necessary to take risks because if you don’t, you’ll end up somewhere you don’t want to be. An old mentor I follow by the name of Jim Rohn who is sadly no longer with us said this. “The minute you were born it got risky. If you think trying is risky, wait till they hand you the bill for not trying. If you think investing is risky, wait till they hand you the tab for not investing. Getting married is risky, having children is risky, investing your money is risky, going into business is risky, it’s all risky. I’ll tell you how risky life is, you’re not gonna get out alive. That’s risky.” I took a risk to pursue my dreams of becoming an actor and not only has it enriched my life, but it’s also has given me an awareness of myself that I never thought would be possible. Life has become a journey that is always full of adventure. Every new day is always different. It’s a true blessing. I’m no longer afraid to take risks because for me, it’s do or die no regrets. This attitude has given me the luxury of fulfilling even the smallest of dreams. I no longer have to work for anybody. I answer to no one but myself. I have achieved true freedom. I’m forever grateful.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m an Actor. It took years for me to narrow down and really find what I loved to do and since I love to do it, there’s no stopping me. What really sets me apart from the others is my ability to persevere. Now I don’t necessarily think I’m the most talented person in the world. However, I want it badly enough to put in the hours and hours of work necessary to be talented. It’s the habits of the individual that makes talent not some mystical thing that people think talent is. I’ve gotten to this point today because I’ve invested in myself. I’ve invested in my health, my training, my life, but most importantly, my mind. Having a sound mind stems from health. I’m always curious and looking for something new to learn in the hopes growing whether it means learning a skill or even something as simple as reading a book. I have fed my mind with knowledge and it has rewarded me. Now it has never been an easy road. The main obstacle in working for yourself is that it’s all on you. You must will yourself to do the things that nobody else is willing to do such as exercising, reading, writing, craft work. Since it’s all on you, you must devote a lot of your time to thinking and experimenting to find new ways around obstacles that are in front of you. Health is the first step to any endeavor. If you eat vitamin rich foods, it’s the same as putting premium gas in your car except the engine is your brain. Eating right allows for a clear head and will aid you in making sound decisions. Lessons I’ve learned along the way have been harsh but necessary for growth. I’ve learned that you can’t control anything in your external world no matter how hard you want to. however, you can control the little things such as being on time, courtesy for others, what you eat, what you do, how you feel. When you start controlling these aspects of your life, the external world responds to you in a different way. The second lesson I’ve learned is allowing time to achieve my goals. We live in an age where everyone wants everything now. They only see the results. They don’t see the ten plus years of hard work it took for someone to reach that goal. as Tai Lopez said “Be impatiently patient” meaning you’re impatient in your work ethic such as getting better everyday, but patient in allowing the world to catch up with you. When that time comes, you’re ready. I was raised in a household where we didn’t have much. I came from an authoritarian household thank god. I had a roof over my head, and food to eat. I had a guaranteed setup till age 18 after that, I was on my own. Now I can’t say living in an authoritarian household was easy because it definitely wasn’t. But as I’ve grown older, I’ve started to notice why things were the way they were. Some say it’s a destructive way to raise kids, but I call it the best early life lesson I could’ve ever received and I owe my folks a lot for it. I’m self made. My life experiences alone have made me who I am. I’m a battle hardened military veteran armed with life principles that are the tools to my success.
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?
Well there are a lot of spots that I love in the Hollywood area. I’ve recently gotten into VR gaming and there is a place that allows you to play with friends. That’s the first spot. As far as places to eat is concerned, I’m really big on clean eating so normally I’d pick a place like Tender Greens on Sunset but if I decide to eat a cheat meal, it would be Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles. It’s not very good for you bit it is good. Also, the movie palace’s are great to see as well such as the Chinese theater or the Egyptian. I’d also take them to an Improv show at UCB. The beach would also be a great spot to go. The place I love to go the most is hiking up to the Griffith Observatory. It’s such a wonderful hike.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Well first I’d like to thank my parents for giving me a wonderful start to my life. I’d like to thank my family for encouraging me. I’d like to thank all of my supervisors and leaders in the military who gave me the tools and mentality necessary to succeed. I’d also like to thank all of my very close friends who have been there to lift me up when the chips are down and lastly, I’d like to thank my girlfriend Naomi for being in my corner. Your support means the world to me and you work so hard. You inspire me to get better every single day. You’re so wonderful. Thank you.