We had the good fortune of connecting with Devin Reeve and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Devin, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
After years of working in the bar and restaurant industry as a backup plan to my entertainment career, I finally decided that I needed to take a chance on myself and take control of my career as an Actor, Producer, Director and Writer. Once I made that decision and put 100% into my dreams and goals my path changed for the better. Sure I had my ups and down in the beginning, but persevering and staying consistent with my work ethic has paid off. When I was younger my father gave me some great advice, he said “It’s better to make $200k working for yourself than to make $500k working for someone else. Being your own boss is a lot more work, but it gives you freedom.” That really stuck with me over the years, especially when I was trapped by the demanding hours of the hospitality industry. Sure I was financially secure, but remember in “The Incredibles” how numb and un-incredible Mr. Incredible felt going to his office job? That’s how I started to feel. As a creative soul I needed to leave that world behind and take a chance on myself. Some people may think that’s a scary thought of uncertainty, but I made sure to surround myself with like minded people who believed in me. Most importantly I believe in myself.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
The entertainment industry is one of the best creative outlets in the world. As an actor, I love that I get to portray and express the emotions of many different characters while taking the audience on a journey they hopefully enjoy. The same goes for Producing and Writing. I truly believe that it begins with a great script that has heart. If the story has heart it will drive the characters and that is what people connect with. I owe that state of mind to growing up in the theatre and being a classically trained actor. My goal as an artist is to entertain the audience and provide them with an escape from their everyday lives. In my Actor world, I have two films coming out on Amazon towards the end of 2021 or early 2022. “Woods of Ash” and “I Die, You Live” both are thrillers, were shot in Alaska and I play one of the leads opposite my good friend Chris Levine. On the Producer and Writer front, I’m currently in the final script stages of our film “THE ILLUM”, which is based on the graphic novel created and written by Todd Monaghan and published by Antarctic Press. Todd and I have been cranking away at the script for about a year and we are excited to have Shaun Piccinino on board as our Director. In addition, I’m in development on two T.V. series, which I created and wrote with my writing partner James Sunshine. One of the pilots made it to the semi final round of the Screen Craft Pilot Competition and both have received great coverage. These are really fun stories with a unique twist of characters for a target audience of 15-35. James and I are looking forward to getting these shows off the ground in the future. Last, but not least it’s only natural that I’ll be directing in the future as well
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’m a big foodie and I split my time between Los Angeles and Atlanta, so we would eat our way through the cities. We’d hit everything from Nobu Malibu, to my favorite Thai restaurant Little Ocha, to one of my all time favorite food trucks Chef Roy’s Koji Truck to Atlanta’s Old Lady Gang, NeGril and Sweet Georgia’s Junk Joint. Of course along the way we would make some pit stops to ride roller coasters at Six Flags and of course a trip to the Magic Castle is always fun.
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?
First I have to thank my Mom and Dad, They have always supported me in everything I do and pushed me to be the best I can be. Without their love and support, who knows if I would be the man I am today. My fiance Jocelyn Kuan is my rock and we have an amazing relationship full of support, love, trust and understanding. She’s in the industry as well and works as a union costumer and costume designer, so at times our schedules are opposite of each other if one of us is on a night shoot. We just laugh as one of us says “good night” while the other says “good morning”. As I mentioned earlier in this interview I was fortunate enough to surround myself with like minded people and learn from people who were more successful than me. So, from Nelson Parks at ESI, to Madison Jones and Suzanne de Passe at Madison Jones Entertainment to Writer/Director Billy Ray and to everyone who continues to support my endeavors I’d like to say thank you for your influence and advice. And I can’t forget to give a huge shout out to all my amazing acting coaches who taught me to explore the depths of the story and character and kept my ego in check when I got a little cocky, especially Stephanie Feury, G. Charles Wright and all of my coaches at UCB. Thank you for always pushing me with my craft.
Jonny Marlow of Marlow Photography for the following 3 images: denim jacket with glass, suit with glasses and leather jacket headshot. Denise Vasquez Photography for the pic with my fiance on my back 🙂 no other photo credits needed as either I or my fiance took the pics