We had the good fortune of connecting with David Snyder and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi David, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Risks have played a key role in my development personally, professionally, creatively, and collaboratively. I desire to continually grow and mature as a husband, entertainer, friend, and musician, and I believe that I can only properly grow by embracing and initiating risks. Risks place me outside my comfort zone and force me to think beyond my current capacity and work beyond my conventional strength. My first, most classic “risky” move was (literally) moving to Los Angeles. That was a scary moment. I was risking my college scholarships, and choosing to pursue the mysterious world of acting and modeling. But, to this day, I work in entertainment, hopping between modeling and acting jobs whilst composing piano music. During my time in the entertainment industry I have learned to embrace and execute risks to develop my skills and produce something incredible. In acting, I strive to take risks in my scene work, heightening the stakes each moment and creating a beautiful, entertaining scene. In music, I risk my time and comfortability by studying and growing in my weaknesses like jazz and music theory. In my life, I risk my personal desires and passions to spend time with my wife and learn to love and support her. Each one of these “risks” pushes me into a deeper level of commitment and skill. I choose each risk and expect for growth and mistakes along the way.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My story is a hodge-podge of joys, fears, struggles, questions, and victories–-leading me to doing what I love and loving it. I would say I’m a storyteller, but in more simple terms, I’m an actor, model, and musician, passionate about telling a story, executing a vision, and impacting people through media. I grew up in the middle-of-nowhere North Dakota, exuding a relentless propensity towards the arts. I spent hours jamming at the piano, acting in plays and musicals, and developing/writing visual ideas and scripts. Just picture a little freckly boy that played in a family band, was the genie in “Aladdin”, and took great pride in making war movies with a $50 video camera from Best Buy’s “scratch and dent” section. My passion for entertainment led me to a talent showcase program, which skyrocketed me towards Los Angeles at the age of eighteen with an agent, manager, and a sparking dream. Fast forward, I now work in the creative industry full-time. I work regularly as a fit and print model, act commercially and theatrically, and compose piano music. My work is characterized by authenticity and intentionality. I find so much joy in the art of acting. Fashioning a character and contributing to a narrative is such a blast. It has been a pleasure to perform in shows like Crown Lake, Betrayed, Cold Case Files, and People Magazine Investigates. If you see an innocent blonde kid that turns evil, that’s probably me. The majority of the modeling work I do is incredibly personable. I help clothing companies develop the perfect fit for their product by acting as a body-measurement standard for their clothing. Basically I’m a “real- life manakin” for clothing companies. I also work in the commercial/print work, having done commercial work for Urban Outfitters, Coldwell Banker, Visit WeHo, and Mokuyobi. Finally, I also compose piano music. My music is crafted solely on the piano, and ventures to walk people through emotional moments, creating a narrative through melodic patterns at the piano.
Working in the creative industry has come with a unique set of challenges. When I first moved to Los Angeles, I told myself, “the moment you can pay your bills with what you love is the moment you’ve MADE IT.” It wasn’t until four years later that I had the audacity and creative work consistency to quit my restaurant job and full-time focus on my creative career. Honestly, those four years in the restaurant taught me so much. It taught me to open wine bottles with class, and it taught me how much hard work it truly takes to do what you love. Months before quitting the restaurant job, I found myself run incredibly thin, juggling bookings and auditions whilst working most nights at a restaurant. Finally, my work in entertainment overshadowed and swallowed my restaurant work, allowing me to transition into a creative career. Fueled by a desire to do what I loved for a living, I worked countless gigs, some paid, some not, and built up my resume and network in the entertainment world.
Auditioning has been and still is a huge hurdle in my world. It is incredibly disheartening to be told you aren’t right for something you love, which is a constant occurrence for me and other artists. I’m in a constant phase of learning lines, taking acting class, and filming auditions with no promise of a concrete booking or pay check. Honestly, it’s an emotional roller coaster. Even through the craziness, I have learned to stay healthy and passionate by prioritizing my relationship with people and God, allowing those pillars in my life to remind me of who and am, what I love, and why I’m doing it.
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.
If someone were to visit me in LA, let’s be honest, we’d have the time of our lives. There are so many incredible spots in LA to visit. For a hypothetical week long visitor, I would separate our trip into two segments one for the city of Los Angeles, and the other for the nature of Los Angeles.
Priority one, THE CITY: I would start this “city segment” by visiting the classic Porto’s Bakery for some potato balls and a breakfast burrito. Caffeine would be recommended but not mandatory. Since I live in Glendale, I would probably take my guest to the Galleria and force them to do a Tiktok dance on one on the escalators. Lunch would have to be at the Granville Cafe–their Mac & Cheese and Tipsy Lemonade are heavenly. I would NOT take my guest Hollywood. Instead I would probably show them around Beverly Hills, go to Toi Thai for a yellow curry dinner, and end the night with a trip to No Vacancy for some drinks and dancing.
Priority two, THE NATURE/VIEWS: “Segment two” would start with a cup of coffee from KAFN in Glendale to get our blood pumping. Los Angeles has some of the best hikes, so I would quickly take my guest to my wife and I’s favorite secret hike up Scholl Canyon, which rests on the outskirts of Glendale and overlooks Eagle Rock. After a quick trip RioZonas Cafe for the best acia, I would take my guest to the Santa Monica Pier, just to get that classic beautiful view out of the way. I would then drive up the PCH (I love the Pacific Coast Highway, it is incredibly beautiful), and take my guest to Malibu. To end the night, we would get some food from Paradise Cove and hang on the beach until sunset.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
So many people! I am indebted to so many people in my life who have inspired me, cared for me, taught me, and pushed me. Mark Daugherty, owner and founder of The Actors Collective, is one of my acting coaches and has played a wildly influential role in the way I look at scripts, digest, and perform them. Daniel Floren has inspired me on so many levels, showing me what it looks like to know myself and God as a creative. Jei Romanes has helped me understand modeling and has gone through countless photoshoots, helping me perfect and learn my craft. Finally my wife, Amanda, has taught me to laugh and cry through each moment and remember what matters most in life.
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