We had the good fortune of connecting with Christopher Cendana and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Christopher, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I believe the ability to take risks is something everyone should learn and practice. This isn’t just because of the whole “no risk, no reward”, mentality either. It’s all about failure. The main reason no one takes a risk is because of the fear of failure. As soon as I accepted that failure is an equal part of the equation, I gained more confidence in my risk taking. I understood that there can be no success without failure. Everything I’ve accomplished up to this point is directly related to a risk I took along the way.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
When I decide to pursue acting, it started with the search, “how to become an actor”. It wasn’t and still isn’t easy. I’d say the biggest challenge was figuring out what information was garbage and what was useful. I’ve spent money where it didn’t need to be spent, came in contact with people that didn’t need to be in my life, and took steps in a direction that got me nowhere.
The biggest lesson I’ve learned is to cast the line and walk away. For me, this is the hardest thing to do, because as soon as I leave an audition, I want to analyze it. Did I get all my lines? Did I stay in character? How did they react? Should I have made a different choice? Once I left the room, none of that mattered and the more I thought about it, the more reasons I gave myself to not get the part. Now, I make sure to have something that I will immediately move onto after an audition. Something to shift my focus.
I’m most proud my ability to cover multiple bases. When I’m not booking, which happens A LOT, I create on my own. From pre to post production and most importantly, the release. This is how I stay in the creative zone. This is how I tell the universe that I’m still here and still in it.
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?
We would have to visit Venice Beach. There’s just so much to see there and that’s an easy intro to LA for someone from out of town. Trejo’s Tacos. Maybe check out the WB studio tour because whether you’re in the industry or not, we all have our favorite shows/movies. Bottega Louie. As a skater, we would have to go to LA High School to skate the famous bank ledges as well as the LA Court House. Pinks in West Hollywood. A day at Universal would also be really fun. Pharmacy Boardshop. Soot Bull Jeep in K-Town.
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?
I owe so much to my wife, Danica. When I made the declaration to become an actor, she automatically had my back and continues to support my in so many ways, some that I don’t even realize. Without her support, I simply would not be where I am today.
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Criminal Minds, Kidding, How to get Away with Murder, Good Trouble.