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

Hi Gigi, what role has risk played in your life or career?
You got to risk it to get the biscuit! It is always a “risk” to pursue something extremely creative professionally. I dropped out of college to pursue acting. There is not, and has never been a back up plan. I rather risk it all then to settle for an average life.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am proud of what I have managed to do in my three years here in LA, but my goals are larger than life. I am very hard on myself because I know I am capable of everything I want. It hasn’t been easy and I don’t plan on it getting any easier, but I am okay with that. I think the ultimate lesson I’ve learned is that you can’t do it all by yourself. Finding your camp is crucial.

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 hope to be able to take her to visit me on set just to show her my world. In terms of food, I love Tatsu Ramen, Shiki sushi, Sloannes, and of course…PINKS! You can’t visit LA without visiting Pinks.

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?
I think everyone who I care about has some how had a part in putting me where I am. If I had to begin somewhere, I would thank my parents for putting me up for auditions as a kid. I actually started out doing Chuck E. Cheese commercials. I fell out of it due to family matters, and as an adult it’s hard to get back into, but an amazing woman Lainy Gold (fashion designer) booked me for my first modeling gig as an adult and always tried to introduce me to people who worked in the movie business. She inspires me daily, and I made my big jump to Los Angeles after winning American Grit season 2 on FOX. I will always be grateful to Jon Kroll, and the other producers who were involved with getting me on that show. If I hadn’t won the show, I wouldn’t of been able to afford to move to LA to pursue acting whole heartedly.

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