We had the good fortune of connecting with Hisham “Rico” Dakhil and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Hisham “Rico”, why did you pursue a creative career?
Exposure to playing an instrument and public speaking from a young age plus my fundamental belief in the importance of creativity and art made me choose that path. Even though I have had the honor of playing in Dorothy Chandler Pavilion (as part of the second violin section for a high school graduation.) I was never going to be a professional violinist. But 9 years of my childhood having that experience shaped my lasting want to artistically express myself. And I had already been used to being filmed live from a young age because my dad would get me to share stories, essays and poems I wrote to the Los Angeles Unified School District board members. It was a open public forum that was on basic TV every Monday and I would tell my friends when we were kids to sit through 2 hours of a school issues to watch me. After graduating college with a liberal arts degree and working in academia left me dissatisfied I began to concentrate on studying acting, film making, and the business behind it.. What I love about acting is that you use your words, actions, facial expressions, tone and emotion. I’ve been able to utilize those tools more effectively than a bow. I didn’t see myself fit for the traditional office job.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
There is much more for me to learn and explore about my abilities as an actor./performer. I think I have a strong ability to play characters that are so far from who I actually am as person and I enjoy the physicality that comes with being an actor. It’s been a dream come true to work with stunt choreographers and use cool props on awesome sets to pull off action sequences. I’ve come a long way from pretending I was a Ghostbuster sneaking around my house as a 5 year old. The challenge is always going to be that competition is so high here in Los Angeles so you must always be sharp which means you cannot let rejection linger in your psyche. The work/life/survive balance take endurance. Interestingly the platforms for acting have also changed and increased so much over the past 10 years you have to be able to absorb all of that and maintain true to the work you want to create or be a part of. There have been times that I have wanted to work and have accepted jobs I would later regret. In acting school you always want to pick your own scenes or have a lot of lines or be the funniest however that’s not going to always be the case in the real world. Learning how to work within a team and appreciate your role in the story telling process keeps you humble. My journey as an actor and film maker has even taken me to the Philippines to screen our short film “The Uppermost” where I was excited to represent 3rd Call Productions at an international film festival. It’s all been exciting.
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.
The city of LA has changed a lot because of Covid-19 and someone who has grown up living here it saddens me that I don’t necessarily know if these are the same just yet but I hope they will be.
Places to visit ; The Broad, Manhattan Beach, The Grove, Staples Center, Dodger’s Stadium, The Palladium, The Roxy, Little Ethiopia, Koreatown
Places to eat/drink : Water Grill, Elite Restaurant, Pepe’s Tacos, Lawry’s, Quarters BBQ, Backstage Bar, Tacos Leo, Fisherman’s Outlet, Egg Slut and happy hour at Rocco’s Tavern
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?
Armand Vaughn discovered me in an audition for a short film I did not book. We remained in contact and eventually he recruited to my agency that I’ve belonged to since 2014. Though he isn’t with the company anymore he provided me with advice that I will always remember.
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