We had the good fortune of connecting with Gordon James Asti and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Gordon James, do you have any habits that you feel contribute to your effectiveness?
To treat every single opportunity that crosses my path as though it will be the last chance to express myself creatively (minus any feelings of dread if it doesn’t work out). A little dramatic perhaps, but as long as I feel satisfied with the effort put into the exploration of that new opportunity… I feel great. That, I think can have a resonating ripple effect with the ones around you.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Two major things I’m incredibly excited about…
Firstly, my latest script – “2 Milligrams”. This will be, by far, the most challenging project I’ve tackled and I couldn’t be more ready to do it. It’s the story of a past his prime trap-star planning to retire with a final performance on the eve of his 27th birthday.
I’ve been taking a very deep-dive into the music world to prepare for the character and it’s been nothing but a massively rewarding experience thus far. My wife Denise, some awesomely talented crew and I were able to produce a short proof-of-concept based on the script back in March. As I’m writing this, I have the final edit just on the other side of the screen; with some unwavering focus and hard work, by this time next year we should be able to talk about the finished film (that one’s for you Universe).
Secondly (and most importantly)… my wife and I are expecting our first child! This June, we’ll be welcoming our baby boy: Lachlan Leone Asti to this crazy, astonishingly gorgeous and infinitely complex world and I have a funny feeling that becoming a dad will be the greatest challenge of my life and I’m looking forward to every second of it.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If I may, I’ll narrow it down to my absolute favorite food joints… I’d say you should definitely try: ‘Jewel’ in Silver Lake (it’s amazing), ‘Mercado’ and ‘Rice’ – both very different, both awesome and both on Manhattan Beach. There’s a million incredible taco trucks all over the city, but the best tacos I’ve ever had are at ‘Guisados’ in Echo Park. Definitely give ‘Monty’s Good Burger’ in Silver Lake a try… there’s an awesome little diner in Los Feliz called ‘Fred 62’. Lastly, one of my favorite ‘areas’ where you could blindly toss a dart at the map and be guaranteed to stick a great spot to eat (or shop for that matter) is a mile long strip of road called ‘Abbot Kinney’ in Venice; doesn’t matter which place I’ve wondered into off of that Blvd, the food’s always been fantastic. The restaurant scene is endless in Los Angeles, but to keep it as great as it is, give as much love to those awesome places wherever you visit so they can stick around for years to come. While in Venice though, walk through the canals at sunset, they’re gorgeous… and yes, Venice canals in Los Angeles, CA (winky-smiley-face). Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I am an extremely fortunate individual being that I have had the love and support of so many amazing people. My wife Denise, my folks, and all of our family have always been on-board with my creative endeavors. My management group “Spotlight Management” has been nothing but supportive in my life and career. Lastly, my best friend and first acting-mentor, Caleb Neet… Together we moved to Los Angeles in 2010 and I can’t tell you how many sleepless nights, just talking about movies and the craft of acting I got through because of that dude. Thanks brotha’.
Denise Ambroggio Asti and Ben Slavens