We had the good fortune of connecting with Bobby Nahill and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Bobby, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
From an early age I was taught to “act like you have nothing to lose.” So often in life we let fear of the “what ifs” dictate our decision making. What if they don’t reply to my email? What if I don’t get the job? What if I’m not good enough? What if I end up a failure? No matter what industry you’re in, putting yourself out there is one of the most challenging risks you can take. It requires courage, relentlessness and a carefree attitude (even though we all really do). But it can also be the most rewarding. You never really know just how many eyes are watching your every move: rooting for you, inspired by you, and in those miraculous moments – able and eager to help you. As an actor, I experience this every single day. Whether it be taping an audition, cold emailing or posting on social media, it’s so easy to overthink and criticize every possible scenario. But at the end of the day, you have to remind yourself why you are doing what you’re doing and be proud for giving it your best effort. If you ever have fear about something, ask yourself honestly and objectively, “what’s the worst that can happen?” Let your passion for doing what you love be your fuel, and never let any possible outcome sway your self worth and decision-making. I came into this industry with no connections or prior experience. But my genuine curiosity and love of connecting with others has helped me reach personal and professional heights that I could have never imagined. For those who are the “see it to believe it” type, I have some examples for you. 1. One day out of the blue, I received an email from a producer who reached out via my personal website about auditioning for a commercial. It was my first audition in months, so needless to say I didn’t think twice and sent in my tape. I ended up booking the project, and when we finally met, I asked how he had found my website. He replied, “I saw you from an audition you did a year ago. I wanted you for that project, but the director went with a different actor. So when I was producing this commercial, you were the first person I thought of.” 2. In college, there was a class taught by Krista Parkinson, an incredibly influential Hollywood professional and adjunct professor at the time. Unfortunately, I had never been able to take her class. On my birthday of my senior year, my dad sent me an article that she wrote, having no clue who she was or how badly I wanted to get to know her. Ironically, the article was all about lucky signs, and at the end she wrote “I’d love to hear from you. Please feel free to reach out!” I sent an overly honest and personal email having no clue how it would be received. She replied the next day, and since then she has been one of my dearest mentors and support systems. 3. I was on the agent hunt for the past 2 years, cold emailing, taking meetings and performing in showcases, but no one was biting. I decided to post my acting reel on LinkedIn and mentioned how “I am looking for representation and would appreciate any opportunities.” Thirty minutes later, a mom from my hometown reached out about referring me to an agent they knew. I gladly took the referral, signed with the agent, and I have now had more auditions in the past 3 months with this agency than in the past 7 years living in Los Angeles. It’s so easy to get wrapped up in the “slow points” of your career, but during those lulls, reflect on the moments that made you feel the happiest and reminded you why you’re in this profession. Your life can change forever in the blink of an eye. All it takes is one person to believe in you just as much as you believe in yourself. I have so much more to learn and experience, but that excites me to no end. Regardless of the ups and downs of this career, doing what I love brings me more happiness and fulfillment than anything else. I hope you can find that in your life, and thank you so much for taking the time to read my words. Never be afraid to reach out, and I wish you nothing but the best!
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Whenever I’m asked, “what sets you apart from others?” I always laugh to myself and reply, “well being a triplet, I’m sure my brothers can tell you.” I was born into a world where sharing my existence with two other people also made me stand out. The irony! Matching clothes, participating in the same sports, playing musical instruments and fighting over the passenger seat in the car is just the tip of the iceberg of what being a triplet is like. My parents made so many sacrifices to provide us any possible opportunity they didn’t have growing up. They were adamant about giving us space to grow independently and find our own identities. It was so easy to compare and contrast with my brothers, but they also helped me find my own voice and unique existence. This really came into play when I discovered the performing arts. Maybe not from my first show in middle school when I was a frog and had braces, but the ability to impact and connect with people on a grand scale immediately drew me in. Knowing I wanted to focus on film and television, Los Angeles was my calling, and attending USC for acting and broadcast journalism was incredibly transformative. Through all the ups and downs, I owe everything to how I was raised. Some would consider me an eternal optimist. Although it’s much easier said than done, having faith in my abilities and purpose in life is what keeps my glass half full. In life, we are constantly comparing and being compared to, especially in the creative arts where your ego and mere existence is constantly challenged. No matter what your career is, it’s so easy to think you’re behind in life. But the more you are focusing on others and their path, the less time you are dedicating to being the best version of yourself. It’s essential to have the strongest “sense of self” that you can, recognizing the importance and influence you have as an individual. Be proud of your strengths, embrace your flaws, and know that wherever you are in life right now is exactly where you’re meant to be. Keep the faith alive, because I believe in you!
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.
Given that I grew up in a beach town, I’d totally hit up Santa Monica and Venice. I love the Santa Monica Promenade for dining and shopping, and biking along the beach path up and down the PCH is one of my favorite hobbies. Venice has a ton of eclectic shops, bars and restaurants as well. The food truck scene is amazing, especially First Friday on Abbot Kinney. And you can’t forget ocean kayaking or surf lessons in Malibu! For hiking I love the Griffith Park trails. The Hollywood Sign trail off Canyon Drive is definitely the most scenic path. It’s an awesome workout and takes you directly behind the sign. For a shorter workout, Runyon or the Griffith Observatory trails are great. Sandstone Peak in Malibu has breathtaking views (and close to Malibu Creek for swimming), and Eaton Canyon in Pasadena is fantastic if you’re looking for a waterfall. Also being Italian and Lebanese, food is a must. Koreatown is the go-to for KBBQ, and In-N-Out is a right of passage (get your burger animal style and fries well done with a chocolate shake). Downtown LA has Grand Central Market and fantastic rooftop bars/restaurants. There is never a shortage of Mexican food anywhere. I love El Coyote for a sit-down experience, but you can never go wrong with a classic sidewalk stand or food truck. Los Feliz and West Hollywood have endless brunch spots, and you can never beat a day drink on the beach at Shutters Cafe in Santa Monica, Hotel Erwin or The Waterfront in Venice. I’m also addicted to Black Bird Pizza on Melrose and Terroni by The Grove, and Sushi Stop in Franklin Village is my go-to fish fix (I’ll go to Nobu when I land my first big movie role.) The actor in me loves to go to improv or comedy shows, which happen every night of the week and are pretty affordable given the location. There are also a number of rooftop and outdoor cinema experiences. I’m also a huge thrifter and love going to the weekly flea markets and thrift shops. Crossroads is definitely my favorite. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I have endless amounts of gratitude, and I would not be where I am today without every single person I’ve had the privilege to share my life with. I cannot thank enough: My parents Rick and Karen. Somehow they managed to raise triplet boys while working full time and stay so involved in our lives. Their emotional support and love is what keeps me going. They are also the true actors and deserve their own show. My brothers Anthony and Drew, who I get to experience every stage of life with at the same time. I’m so excited to see where their personal journeys are heading. My community back in Cohasset, MA. Every single friend, parent and teacher. Going home is my grounded safe haven, and I am determined to film a movie there. My USC Trojan family, who are the most diverse and well rounded group of people I’ve ever encountered. Fight On Forever! My friends, mentors and loved ones who are also in this crazy and exciting industry. Thank you for all the coffee meetings, there really is no “I” in team. And to you who is taking the time to read this, thank you!