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

Hi Emily, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
I used to be all about work. Everything revolved around acting and anything acting related would take priority over everything else. I was so laser focused on advancing in my acting career that I felt I needed to sacrifice everything to make it happen! I’d miss dinner with friends because I got an audition last minute. I’d miss out on trips because it was during a “busy season.”However, I realized that it was going to make me hate my career because it was robbing me of life experiences I would never be able to get back. So I took a step back and realized that although I do have to work hard for my acting career, I had to work just as hard for my personal life. I didn’t want to resent acting because I let it consume my life. I think balance in anything you do is key. I don’t want to rob myself of life experiences because I want to put all my eggs in one basket. Honestly it’s been great. when I don’t get roles it doesn’t hit me as hard as before because I didn’t drop everything to do my audition. I worked efficiently with the time I had while living my life. I’ve developed friendships more and gone and done more things. It makes it that much better when I get roles as well because I know that I still have a fulfilling life after I’m done with that role and not on set. Balance is key and it brings me peace of mind.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I fell in love with acting at a young age and even had an agent for a little as a child. Unfortunately, my Mom became a single mother and couldn’t really handle taking me to auditions and classes so. stopped. It was always something that stayed with me in the back of my mind. I didn’t pursue a career in acting until I was 26/27 when I decided I wanted to pursue something I actually enjoyed doing. It has definitely been a difficult journey but so worth it! It absolutely felt like I was starting all over again. There was a lot of investment into classes and materials which no one really tells you about. It can all add up and it’s a big investment with no payback upfront. It can take years before you see a “return” on that investment. Then I was dealing with a lot of personal issues at the same time so it felt like my life was blown up and I was trying to put it back together. I was dealing with a lot of health issues which caused me extreme anxiety. I was constantly stressed and anxious to the point I ended up extremely ill and in the hospital. So then I had to change my diet and my doctor told me not get stressed which as an actor seemed impossible to achieve but I did it. Soon after and about a year into my journey I got signed with an agency, Paloma Model & Talent, who really believes in me and it really helped so much. I’ve learned and grown so much because of them so I am truly grateful for them. I’d say that the biggest lesson I’ve learned in my life is nothing in life is ever easy so why not struggle while doing what you love. I had to overcome a lot to be where I am today but I also had to put in a lot of work at times when it felt it was impossible. My passion for acting kept me going and although there’s still long way for me to go I’m proud of where I am today. I’ve had so many small victories along the way that in hindsight didn’t feel like victories but looking back my whole journey has been about the small wins. I hope I can continue to find pride in the small wins.

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 take my friends down to Hermosa Beach and we would rent bikes and just bike down the strand for a couple hours. We could eat lunch wherever we ended up. There’s many great spots to eat in the surrounding beach cities. I would take them to Rice Mb, Pura Vita, which are some of my favorite spots down here. There’s also a few breweries I’d take them to try out in Torrance. There’s The Dude’s Brewery, The Smog City Brewery & Taproom and HopSaint Brewing Company that I would take them to check out. I live in the South Bay so I’d say it’s a very laid back vibe which I love. So it would definitely be more of a relaxing week by the beach with LOTS of food and drinks.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I think that I have been very fortunate to be surrounded by supportive people but I definitely wouldn’t be where I am without my family. My Mom and siblings have been so supportive and my biggest cheerleaders and I wouldn’t be where I am without them.

Instagram: emilyjtrujillo

Image Credits
Chris Evans Photography for my headshot

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