We had the good fortune of connecting with Andriana Garbiso and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Andriana, what role has risk played in your life or career?
There is no gain in playing it safe. My career would never have taken off without an emotional and financial leap of faith that is risk. All career training takes money. It’s a matter of investing wisely in that education and taking calculated risk as you go. Learn the business, network and keep going after it.
What is the most important factor behind your success / the success of your brand? I have been told that I am fearlessly authentic. Many people comment to me about my “bravery” or say they could never do what I do. My best friend stated that I live by the seat of my pants and it’s incredible to be able to live that way. So many people are trying to put on a social media image or struggle with depression or anxiety that holds them back. I truly am a person who does not apologize for who I am and I don’t take no for an answer lightly. Everything you see in my social media, is me and truly am Driven. My business name for Filmmaking is “Conflicted Films”
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
As a filmmaker, I get to be my own brand. I am a SAG-AFTRA stunt performer, actor and script writer. When the pandemic shut down my industry, it was a huge obstacle for everyone in the career field. I was able to use my first responder background to pivot and get work as a Covid Compliance Officer. It was a new position created for the “return to work” policy. In the stunt industry you typically had to “hustle” trying to gain face time with a stunt coordinator on set. This became a new and serious challenge due to testing protocols in place and sets being more heavily guarded. Being a CCO gave me an opportunity to keep meeting professionals in my field, while serving a purpose. The temporary shut down also created time to learn script writing and pitching so I can monetize on my own ideas, bringing my cultural background to film and TV. For me, the pandemic was less of an obstacle than taking the initial steps to dive in and peruse a film industry career. Networking comes easy to me but finances were scarce and self confidence can ebb and flow. The most desperate thing I did in the early days was sell my plasma for gas money to get to acting auditions and stunt training. Public transportation took ridiculously long and just wasn’t feasible. I soon learned that money comes and goes, so you really have to budget and prioritize where the cash is going. At one point I was renting a room on a property with SEVEN guys because that’s all I could safely afford. Summer of 2019 I literally found myself standing on a cliff along the PCH, staring at the ocean wondering…. “What the hell am I doing with my life?” I was a single mom with a child in one state and a career aspiration in another. Most stunt women in their 40’s have a good 20 years under their belt, but here I was, just getting started. Even today I constantly travel between two states to make sure I have time with my son while still pushing my career forward. Like most kids, if you asked him what he wants to be when grows up…. he’d answer with at least 5 careers. That is why it’s so important for me to show him, that he can achieve anything, but it absolutely takes sacrifice, work and a little risk. The next venture for me is Directing and continuing to push for diversity and representation of Latinas and Indigenous people under my brand Conflicted Films.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
When my son or friends come to visit I love to give them an “experience” and thankfully they are pretty game and outdoorsy like me. It’s California so a beach stop, no matter what time of year is always on the agenda! Malibu has awesome spots depending on if they surf, boogie board or just want to tan. IT’S A WRAP second hand clothing store is my favorite shopping spot. When TV/Film production houses are done with wardrobe, they send their pieces there, so I often find something unique for a ridiculously low price. Los Angeles County has amazing hikes for all ability levels with amazing views, both coastal and inland. To replenish calories, I love to visit Guelaguetza Restaurant. EVERYTHING about this place is on point. It’s family owned, Oaxacan style cuisine with quality food, excellent customer service and lively entertainment. The bands they feature really make me want to dance. The seafood dishes are to drool for!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Wendy Alane Wright is a Hollywood Talent Manager who spends most of her day invested in teaching actors the business of acting. She created a free Facebook Page “TMFA” Talent Managers for Actors, to answer questions and post information so people hopefully don’t get ripped off or quit on themselves. Specifically, there are working actors, agents and managers “authorized” to answer questions. She is very clear that it is not an opinion page or gossip line. She takes to time to look at your promotional material and provide feedback about what is or is not working for you to become a real working actor. Due to its popularity and high demand, she had created a paid program as well. Her free social media pages we invaluable to me starting out.