We had the good fortune of connecting with Andrew Gabriel and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Andrew, why did you pursue a creative career?
Up until my junior year of high school, I was very much like most guys my age. My life was pretty routine and organized with school, family functions, and sports, which I enjoyed a great deal. I was a baseball player and I traveled a lot to play in tournaments and showcases. Besides school and baseball, I didn’t have much time to explore many other interests of mine. My junior year found me taking Theatre for the third year in a row as an elective that I enjoyed, but didn’t take too seriously. That year, however, changed my opinion as I was strongly encouraged to take acting classes and I got involved with a local improv troupe. Within a year, I was signing with an agency in Los Angeles and was seriously considering moving out there from the only home I knew in North Carolina. Moving to California my senior year was a frightening risk for me. I knew nothing about LA and I knew pretty much no one here. I had never taken a risk quite like this and I did it knowing that it was a long shot. Interestingly enough, I had never felt more confident and excited about any other decision that I had made so far. The idea of being able to explore my creative side was very appealing. Now that I have spent a few years working on different projects, analyzing characters, and portraying them on film, I can’t imagine myself pursuing any other career. The benefits of being involved in a more artistic profession have given me more pleasure than I ever expected.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am excited and looking forward to a couple films I’m in that are in the works and will be releasing in 2021. It will be interesting to observe the progress I’ve made over the past few years. From my perspective, I believe I am in a very early preliminary phase of my career, and even to get to this point has been difficult. The challenges we all face everyday can cause us to feel like we are alone, even when we might be surrounded by friends and family. This journey has taught me that self-doubt will always chase you no matter where you go, so always remember to have trust in yourself, your ability, and that your work ethic will lead you on to great things. As cliché as it might sound, just work hard. Even when everything around you seems to not be going your way, stay focused. Life is too short to regret missed opportunities, we may not get another chance.
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?
Normally, I would say the coolest things to show one of my best friends are the city and night life. We would be checking out some of my favorite restaurants like Katsuya or LALA’s and other great establishments in downtown. But, during a pandemic, it’s ever so important to make everyone’s health and safety a top priority. Luckily, there are tons of things to do in LA and the surrounding area that are socially distant from others. Being from North Carolina, I really enjoy spending my time outdoors hiking, camping, or just appreciating all that nature has to offer. If its camping in Joshua Tree, hanging out in Malibu, or hiking in the Angeles Forest, we will have endless things to do in and around SoCal.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There are countless people to thank for inspiring me to pursue acting and just as many that have supported and enabled me to continue. I can’t imagine how different my life would be without those that committed to working with me in the early stages of my career. I owe huge shootouts to my amazing representatives. My agent Milton Perea with AEFH and my manager Marco Cuadros of Immortal Artists have worked very hard to support me. I also owe a tremendous debt to my acting coach/mentor Lauren Patrice Nadler who has spent tireless hours rehearsing, taping, and coaching me over the last four years. She has changed the lives of so many talented actors. Finally, I must thank my family who has supported me since day one, and given me the opportunity to follow a path that makes me happy. I will love them forever.
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