We had the good fortune of connecting with Angela Mavropoulos and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Angela, can you tell us more about your background and the role it’s played in shaping who you are today?
I was raised on a very small island in the Mediterranean sea called Cyprus. My family is one of the powerful names on the island, so I naturally I grew up under a spotlight and always had to keep up with our image. It was not my favorite thing as I was always under the shadow of my Name and mainly my father. It was hard just because everywhere I went people knew my father, but not me. I know that wanting to be an actor and performer is exactly that – being constantly under the spotlight and up-keeping an image, but at least that way I can show that I made my own name – Angela Mavropoulos – rise to fame and have complete control over my image and artistic path. This made me stronger and push myself harder to get to where I want to succeed, on my terms. It taught me how to demand excellence and prove myself For Myself that I have nothing to do with my small-time island name. I am who I am, no ties, no judgements, no book-cover judgement. Even when moving to Los Angeles when I did, I already started to see the shift. I found myself and didn’t have to hide behind a mask.
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.
I would like to state that ever since a little girl, my art has been my life. Anything that had to do with being creative, it had to be made to perfectionism. Even the smallest clip or photo had to be rich with meaning. I won’t settle for mediocrity. One of my favorite projects I have done is called Love & Quarantine which was done with one of my closest friends Mason Greer, under covid restrictions during the first Quarantine. We filmed remotely with no assistance, edited remotely and we also won a Cypriot Director’s Competition. It was definitely a challenge especially trying to focus on myself. It was such an honor winning the competition in my own country and with the prize money, we will put it towards future projects. Currently I am working on my own mini series with Classic Cars, here in Cyprus, where I am explaining a few eclectic antique cars to educate people around the world about history. Also filmed and edited myself, with my own equipment, under lockdown restrictions. You can view them on Youtube on “The Lockdown Series” at Cyprus Motor Museum. Getting to where I am today was interesting. All it took was a dream and the guts to travel halfway across the world to dive head first into Hollywood. I went to acting school but then quit to start working in the Acting and Film industry. Best knowledge I ever learned was in the field. Through networking and connections on Film sets, I have made so many friends and contacts that I use until this day! It was a blessing in disguise leaving school when I did. It was a risk, but I made it work. Since then, I have been on thousands of sets, projects over the last 3 years. People think success is fame. Success for me means waking up in the morning, going to work or living life doing what I love for the rest of my life. I have learned that it is easier giving up than pushing through. However, you need to choose the battles you want to lose to make room for the Bigger Wins along the way. Sometimes admitting defeat takes a lot out of you but it makes you stronger. I think being an actor is a similar concept. We take no for an answer way more times than yes at auditions, which we have to accept sometimes. But there are some things we can control. Our character, ourselves, diet, headspace, we constantly train and learn new skills. Acting is a lifestyle not a job. Once you accept that, you’re golden. That’s why I will never give up acting as my lifestyle. Here you go, a small island girl, with big dreams and goals. I want to share to all the readers out there that no matter what your background, no matter what your history is, everyone has a chance to go far and make your dreams come true. Don’t let your past dictate your future. Create your own future. We are in the 21st century, we have the means and technology to go as far as we want.
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.
Definitely the beach! We would take a drive up the PCH, all the way to Santa Barbara! I would definitely take her to a taco truck so she can have authentic Mexican food. We would take a drive down Rodeo Drive, Hollywood and Sunset Boulevard, a stroll down 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica and The Grove- especially during Christmas time! The lights and fountain show are amazing (and a quick picture with Santa). Of course we would dine at any of the restaurants At the locations I mentioned. Couple of the days would definitely be spent on Universal Studios, Disney and Warner Bros. When my friends visit, I want them to definitely live the Hollywood life so the Studio Tours are a MUST.
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?
There have been two constant people that have pushed me towards my success. Firstly I would like to shoutout my mother (I know- cheesy) because she helped me see passed my family name and taught me how to be my own person. She gave me the strength to push through the negative people and energy in my life and always see the positive side of things. Secondly, I would like to thank a very special friend, Gabriella Metz. Through thick and thin, we bother have each other’s back and she also knows how to push me towards my goals. Even in the slightest doubt about anything in life or work, she would be my first call to ask about advice. She gives it to me straight – no bullshit. We have each other’s back.
Linkedin: Angela Mavropoulos
Other: For the Classic Car Mini series: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-AHdN7SCOpclZOU3p8X2vw
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