We had the good fortune of connecting with Dennis Mailu and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dennis, how has your background shaped the person you are today?
My name is Dennis Mailu and I was born in Nairobi, Kenya. I currently reside in Los Angeles, California. I have had the opportunity to spend my early formative years in my home country prior to pursuing education in the United Kingdom as well as Los Angeles. My family is very close knit and supportive toward many of my endeavors. This support was nurtured from a young age with love and direction from my parents. I was taught to not only hold education dear to oneself but more-so how to apply it in your day to day life. With time, this wholesome approach was also expanding in the form of life experience and cultural awareness. Engaging with people form many cultures has allowed me to be open minded, in particular being curious to grasp concepts lifestyles that may be foreign to me. Today, that background and upbringing has helped cultivate me as an actor. In order to be organic in performance, one must truly surrender themselves to recall past experiences/interactions under specific circumstances, enabling a richer quality to come to the surface. In this respect, Uta Hagen, one of the great acting teachers, emphasizes on the importance of identity and substitution.
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 am an actor! I pride myself on having a diverse upbringing and being able to adapt under many given acting circumstances. I am able to draw from real, varied and tangible life experiences and bring it under my own truth on the stage. Currently, I am excited about a project undergoing post production that I starred in as well as executive produced called PREY. I am also undertaking acting classes to fortify and stretch my range as a performer. The journey thus far has had its ups and down, These have been mostly physical and mental. Overcoming injuries and doubt have been the greatest challenges. However, within risk taking one bolsters resilience and understanding of your passion. I have learnt that your “Why?” has to be very strong. Nothing is more fulfilling as purposeful passion.
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?
If I had a friend visiting me for a day I would love to laden it with a lovely bunch of activities. Firstly, I would love to get a gym session at equinox in the morning, followed by an Earthbar shake and sauna session at Sweat theory to recovery. Then I would grab some brunch at Duidough cafe. They have amazing meal called the Millennial, very befitting name to myself. The afternoon would consist of a trip to the Griffith observatory working out an appetite for dinner at La piazza at the grove. Finally to wrap up the evening, a nightcap at Mama shelter. They have a rooftop view to die for with cozy blankets to match.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to shoutout my nuclear family for their unwavering love, counsel and resilience through my journey in the pursuit to creative and artistic excellence.
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