We had the good fortune of connecting with Christopher Pawl and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Christopher, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
I believe it’s extremely important when trying to live a fulfilling life. I’ve been taught once to look at things as a triangle: you have your art/craft, social, and work. I’ve got to balance the three. I can’t be working a job and going to acting class and not have any sort of social life or friends. On the other side, it would be unhealthy for me to have a girlfriend and just work and pay no attention to acting. When all three can be balanced, I believe it leads to a very happy dynamic.
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’d like to think that me just being me is good enough. I think that’s all anyone can/should be is authentic. And I don’t mean different, ‘cause everyone’s pretty similar. It’s the same with movies and music and books, they’re all copies of other things that came before but when you make it authentic to yourself, then it’s special. I’m really excited to see where everything goes. A big challenge I faced was being too eager. I would always be thinking about my next audition and feel let down when there was a lull. I overcame this by trying to live life normally and do things that I like to do. I’d hang out with friends, make my own coffee, explore new parts of the city on my motorcycle and basically try to fill those lulls. It was easy when I took the pressure off myself. I am still eager but it’s in a more excited way because I know there’s more to it all than just acting.
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?
I would definitely show them the bigger spots like Melrose, Venice, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills and Silverlake, but it would be quick. I’d spend more time visiting cool thrift shops in the valley or walk down Magnolia in Burbank. We would absolutely go out of LA and see Joshua Tree and spend at least a night or two there. Joshua Tree might be one of my favorite places I’ve ever been to. Then we would also go in the mountains, maybe to Big Bear. I also really enjoy the Santa Monica mountains and we would drive up PCH towards one of my favorite beaches, El Matador. I’d really try to get out of the city cause there’s just soooo many people it can be exhausting. I really like small town, quiet places. There’s a million food options but we’d definitely hit up some of my favorite taco trucks and some ramen places. Also, Shoutout Vitos Pizza for having pizza that’s the closest to East coast pizza (although you are a bit pricey, it’s ok though I still love you).
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Anthony Abeson! For making acting easy and make sense. I’ve had a lot of amazing teachers over the years but Anthony has given me so many tools that I use consistently and make my own. He has had an astronomical impact on the way I approach Acting with a sense of pride and the importance of loving the craft.