We had the good fortune of connecting with Cyril Meyer and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Cyril, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I believe taking risks effectively is fundamental to living a life full of fulfillment. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. I grew up on a farm on the West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island, and now at 27, I live in LA as an actor, writer, producer – this didn’t just happen, I made it happen. I believe I should be ambitious in life because even if I miss my goal I will end up somewhere else. I look forward to when I’m older and looking back at my life, telling stories of the colorful risks I took and the ups and downs that resulted. I believe the number one component to effective risk-taking is trust, in other parties of course, but mostly in myself, that whatever the result is will be embraced with a positive attitude. My most invaluable lessons learned have come from taking big risks, whether the goal was achieved or a different outcome was reached, each situation I look for what I can learn from the experience, and become better and better. If I look back at my journey so far I can see a number of big and small decisions, all with varying levels of risk, that all led me here to LA. The people I’ve met in my life, the experiences I’ve had, the knowledge and perspective gained, and my growth personally, creatively, and professionally could not have happened without taking these risks. The support and trust I have from friends and family provide me with the confidence to continue shooting for my big goals, through moving from New Zealand to Australia twice, back to New Zealand twice, and now to LA just 3 months ago, with the 2 last moves happening amongst the chaos of Covid19.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Acting is my numero uno passion. I remember seeing my older brother in a primary school short film when I was perhaps 8 or 9 and I wanted to do what he did and be cool like him. I then fell in love with the process of character exploration and telling stories, I was hooked. Comedy is my jam, especially dry humor, although lately, I have been creating more dramatic short films. I’ve had an interest in creating stories and worlds from a young age when I loved creative writing in primary school, a passion that evolved then from writing a couple of short films in high school to writing raps in acting school, and then poetry and scriptwriting again post-acting school. I began producing my own work out of necessity because there wasn’t anybody around who wanted to do it for me, but I am grateful for having done it myself because I’ve learned so much about the industry from creating my own content, lessons on budgets, pitching, utilizing my resources, and refining my taste in art. None of it has been easy, and doubt was a big problem I had to deal with, but I have trust in myself that I’ll succeed because I decided it to be. As a first-generation New Zealander with Swiss parents, I have a passion for producing art that helps people understand views different from their own, through multicultural stories and/or stories with a social message. I’m currently writing a New Zealand sports comedy feature film with a positive medicinal cannabis message and I’m excited to see where this project takes me.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I am new to LA and haven’t been out too much, but I was recommended to have lunch at Heavenly Pancakes in San Fernando a few weeks ago and good golly gosh the chicken sandwich there is heavenly! That would be the lunch spot for sure! As a cannabis enthusiast, if my best friends were visiting me here I’d take them to my favorite dispensaries; Project Cannabis on Magnolia, The Higher Path on Ventura, Green Dragon, LA Kush, and DTPG amongst others. To finish the day we’d have an evening boogie somewhere, I have no place in mind so recommendations are welcome. Really, reach out and send them to me, please.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’m so very blessed to have a great global support system in place, I would love to dedicate my shoutout to Jessica Orcsik, Robbie Ryde, Kate O’Neill, Alabama Blonde, and everyone in AAFTA for being so incredible in my transition from NZ to LA and for guiding my creative growth over the past 3 years! My family and friends back in NZ and Australia too, deserve a shoutout because they’ve supported me and helped shape me to being the person I am, I love you and miss you! My year 12 Drama teacher Miss Ward for believing in and encouraging me to pursue this career, and all the teachers, coaches, directors, my agent Daniel Scharf, and all the other creatives I’ve worked and still work with, thank you, I am living a very privileged and blessed life thanks to your support and guidance!

Instagram: @cyrilmeyer13

Image Credits
Sadeq Alkhoori & Ashleigh Coleman

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