We had the good fortune of connecting with Ivan Smith-Gborkorquellie and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Ivan, why did you pursue a creative career?
It all started my sophomore year of high school. I’m a pretty shy guy. I originally joined theater program to get over that. In that class I met some amazing people who help me break out a bit, but after all the performances I found myself really enjoying it. I liked being able to entertain people and take on characters completely different from myself. In a way through those characters I could express emotions I wouldn’t be able to do normally. So long story short, I took theater for the reminder of my high school career and even went to AMDA (The American Musical and Dramatic Academy) for my BFA. I’m still a bit on the shy end, but all that goes away once a performance starts.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I haven’t done anything professionally yet, since main priority is graduating, but I can say that I got this far with patience. It is honestly a double edged sword because more often than not it comes back to haunt me, but for my art and acting, it never hurts to take a step back. Outside of acting I thoroughly enjoy drawing. I’m currently working on a comic series, and have been stuck for a bit. Recently, new ideas have been coming to me for me to pick up right where I left off all because I allowed myself to take a break from it. Back on the acting side of things, I’ve been told both that you need to be patient, but also not to beat yourself up when you don’t get that callback. It’s okay. It doesn’t mean you were bad, it just wasn’t your season. That is a lesson I’ve learned and a note that many people have been giving me.

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’m the type of person to say fun is who you’re with, not where you go. That’s mostly because I don’t get out too much, but I can definitely say that it never hurts to check out Santa Monica. I’m not the biggest beach person, but it’s worth the experience. Another place I’d recommend is The Grove. While there my buddy Dante introduced me to the Cheesecake Factory. If you want some good food, then that’s a good place to check out. The Grove is a place I feel you should go both during day and at night. It honestly looks like a different place. Maybe that was just me. Around Christmas time at night it’s beautiful. All the lights and decorations is definitely something to see.

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?
There are too many people to count, but I’ll keep it simple. I really want to thank my mother, my big sister, and my little brother. Yes I’m a middle child so what. Anyway, no matter what, my mom has always been supportive of my decisions. She is the main reason why I went to college because I was just gonna start auditioning right after high school. She said and I quote “You are not gonna sit around here and do nothing.” And honestly that’s probably what was gonna happen if I didn’t go. My mom wasn’t the only one who was supportive, my sister also always keeps me on my toes and I’m forced to help with her creativity from time to time. Some of my interest were adopted from her. Lastly, I’d like to thank my little brother. He is quite troublesome, but some how he is always able to get me in a creative mood. I’d like to think that I got him into drawing, but nowadays he’s the one who does it to me. We are always bouncing ideas off of each other. My family is one of the main reasons I’m where I’m at today.

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Image Credits
For the first picture (the head shot with the blue outfit) credit goes to Casey James Knight. @cjkheadshots on Instagram

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