We had the good fortune of connecting with Kevin Tan-Perkins and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kevin, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
When I hear the word “risk” I instantly think 50/50 outcome. Risk should make you feel uncomfortable. Risk should keep you on your toes. Risk isn’t made to keep you comfortable. I’ve always believed the biggest growth comes from when we are put in uncomfortable or challenging circumstances. I made the decision to move out to LA full time from ATL in October of 2019. I had a good life and career with tennis and film in ATL but I was getting comfortable. I’ve never liked that. The pieces finally aligned for me to move out to LA in both tennis and film. My manager from the entertainment industry had been urging me to move from the time he signed me a year prior. I was excited but I also knew I was leaving my family and my support system. But I’m in my 20s and I owe it to myself to give myself this chance. So I wrote out my goals and what I wanted to accomplish in LA both with tennis and film. It was okay at first then a few months in. I went through one of the most difficult times of my life thus far. I had hit rock bottom and was prepared to move back to ATL. But something within me, my faith didn’t allow for that. I believed in myself and remembered my goals and I bought myself two weeks to figure out in LA before throwing in the towel. In those two weeks, I accomplished something major for tennis and I booked a National commercial. So that risk was worth it for me. I’m still figuring stuff out as we go through this pandemic together. But I look back to a few months ago how I battled and never gave up. I look at that risk and see the life I’ve created for myself and the endless opportunities that lie before me. It’s exciting. It’s uncertain. It’s 50/50. So whenever you hit that point, don’t lose your faith, don’t lose hope, don’t give up but give it all you get and keep being kind to others.
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.
Tennis Pro- I’ve played in some money tournaments out here in California before this whole COVID-19 pandemic but I’ve also valued the relationships I’ve built with people to teach them the game that’s given me so much. I’m thankful for the people I’ve been able to coach as well. From the kids to the adults in Atlanta to everyone here in LA. I‘ve been able to learn so much from them. I’ve been doing tennis for over half my life. The acting stuff I’m still figuring out as I go. Always learning and observing those who have been in this industry far longer than my three years. Despite being SAG eligible. I’m just going to keep my head down and keep working and know when to ask questions and be the best I can be. I just try to maximize on the opportunities that I’m blessed with!
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
Oh man- before I moved here full time I went to Griffith Observatory and fell in love with the view of LA. I especially love it at night. There’s also this sweet spot near Hollywood bowl that I like. There’s a nice little cliff area near the Palisades/Santa Monica area that’s so serene and peaceful and gives me much solace while I’m there for the beach vibes. As far as restaurants go- I could go all day but I’ll keep it at a minimum! The Howlin Ray crew at Howlin Ray’s! Those are my guys man- worth the wait but the atmosphere is electric and they’ll take care of you! Also, love AVE 26 for some authentic street tacos over in East LA and Sonorita’s Surf & Turf burrito over in West LA is unreal. Can’t forget SK’s donuts near LACMA off 3rd is one of my fave quick spots. Oh and can’t forget Din Tai Fung for some bomb dumplings! ….so much for keeping it short! Haha
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?
This shoutout legit goes out to my family and my support system back in Georgia. I was on my own out here in LA but would call them almost every day to get my through the most challenging time of life. I’m beyond thankful that no amount of miles can cause me to lose my drive and my friends and family’s belief in me wouldn’t allow me to quit. That’s the grit and grind in me and in them. So thank you fam!!