We had the good fortune of connecting with Chris Bigpapa Blevins and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Chris Bigpapa, can you share the most important lesson you’ve learned over the course of your career?
Its critical to understand what and who energizes you. My career has taught me to surround myself with energizing people who feed my head, support me, hold me accountable and generally help me to be my best on the job and off. Many people spend a lot of time creating to-do lists and watching the clock. But I’ve learned that it’s the energy I expend – not the time I spend – that’s most worth monitoring. When I focus on the people, the projects and the causes that most motivate and inspire me, I’m far less protective of my time because the progress I make has a multiplying effect. To whatever degree possible, avoid the things and people that suck the life out of you. Your energy is too precious a commodity.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I love performing on camera. Acting on camera is amazing because I’m able to do things I’ll probably never do in real life. I get to act out my crazy adventures that goes on in my head & it’s very fun to do. I love telling stories & betraying characters. I think what sets me apart as a actor is telling stories that affect people & willing to be open to play ANY role & not think of the possible consequences.. Whether that’s making someone laugh, cry, sending chills down their spine or giving them mind-blowing information – your stories need to impact the audience. I just finished a project that I starred in for a friend. I’m very proud of the work we did on it. As a actor, my goal is to always create content that my supporters can be proud to share with their audience. If you’re not excited to share the work with your fans there’s a good chance they won’t be excited to share it with their network. So to answer your question, what gets me excited – is creating content that gets the audience excited. That’s where it’s at for me. How did I get where I am today & How did I overcome challenges? I work hard. I have continued to work a regular job while pursuing my acting career, and when I’m not working, I’m in class training to be a better actor. I think that dedication and perseverance played a big part in getting to where I am currently. I am fortunate to have friends & family who are incredibly supportive and they have helped me to continue through rough patches. I overcome challenges one by one, as much as I can. I think the best advice I can give is to believe in yourself & have faith in God. Do not give up, create as much as possible as often as possible, and stop every now and again to appreciate the progress you made & be proud of it. As an actor who’s been doing this for 10 plus years , I would like the world to know that I exist. I always say “I was born a star just waiting for the rest of the world to realize it”. I live by that quote everyday.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
It is a damn pandemic going on. There’s nothing open out here & I’m not trying catch to that Rona…we ain’t going no where. I’ll bring the fun to my house. Cook up some good food & watch some good movies.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My mother is the reason for my success. She has been there since day one & has supported me & my career. Always giving me advice & guidance along the way. I’m a fighter & a survivor because of her.