We had the good fortune of connecting with Germano Blanco and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Germano, how do you think about risk?
I like the idea of new beginnings and throwing myself into the unknown, both in my personal life and in my career. New beginnings mean new opportunities and I always find that exciting and motivating. One of the biggest risks I took was dropping out of college to become an artist full time. I’ve always been good at school so I could’ve very well waited a couple years and gotten my degree but I just knew I wasn’t going to work in that field and I didn’t want to be doing anything else other than acting and singing. I always trust my intuition when deciding whether or not to take a risk and that reassures me I’m doing the right thing.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
The more I grow up the more comfortable I get at expressing myself in my art. I’ve learned that it’s not that hard actually: you just have to be yourself. As I get older and become more confident in who I am as a person and as artist, I’m able to use all of my awkwardness and quirks in my favor, instead of letting them make me feel insecure. If you’re able to express all parts of yourself – the good and the bad – in what you’re doing, you’re automatically setting yourself apart from everyone else. Today we hear a lot about public figures/artists “becoming their own brand” and it sounds like you have to create a whole new character in order to be successful, but it’s really obvious when people are not being authentic and that’s just boring to watch.
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.
Whenever I visit a new place, I love to just walk around. I think that’s the best way to get a vibe of the place and understand its people and its culture. It’s hard to do that in L.A. but you can still walk around Melrose and go thrift shopping… One of my favorite restaurants is Jon & Vinny’s, so if you’re visiting L.A., I’d definitely recommend going there. I also love hiking, so I’d probably take my friends for a nice hike that is not very well-known… But I still like the touristy places when they’re not too crowded, so I like going to the movies at CityWalk, the Farmer’s Market at The Grove, and walking around Hollywood.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’m very lucky to have the most supportive family and friends. There’s a reason why I cast my real-life friends in my music videos and other projects I’m working on… I can count on them to help me get through any stressful situation that arises during production because they know me, so they’re very understanding of how much pressure I put on myself to make everything perfect and they help me get through it. I’m also very lucky to have fans this early in my career, it’s kind of crazy that someone actually cares about my work the same way I care about my idols’. When I’m creating I’m simply expressing my thoughts and feelings and hoping to come up with something I like, so when other people like it and connect to it, it’s always surprising and the most rewarding feeling.