We had the good fortune of connecting with Kevin Gance and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kevin, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
After experiencing life in corporate America for nearly a decade, I was ready to act on my dream and go for it!
Growing up and into my adult years, I’ve always been a fan of the movies and how films are made (IE studying locations, special effects, watching behind the scenes clips), and I never truly got any satisfaction out of my desk job. It was rather bland to negotiate multi-million dollar contracts for fixed price, high volume commodities, and after moving to Southern California with Boeing in August, 2012, it was always in the back of my mind to pursue a change in my career/life.
An interesting fact about me is that I actually became SAG-AFTRA eligible way back in May, 2014 before I ever left corporate! I had literally never been on set before, I unaware that I was filling out Taft Hartley paperwork, and a few months later received a letter in the mail from the union saying I was eligible!
To become eligible for SAG-AFTRA so quickly was a surprise, and after that first experience on set I was hooked since you could say it was a sign! I absolutely loved being on set that first time, and from that day on I started seriously considering quitting my corporate job, but ended up catching a break when they took care of it for me.
After considering it for a while, my wish to leave my former career ironically came true in March, 2016, when I was laid off from my last corporate job with Guthy-Renker.
I was at a crossroads, and spoke to my wife Megan about it. I’m so thankful for how she was and has always been supportive in my decision to pursue a career in Hollywood. I wouldn’t be where I am today without her, and appreciate her since she knew I wasn’t happy in my former profession.
It was always a dream to be around the stars, see how the directors work, the different departments working hand-in-hand. To be honest, I also wanted to pursue something that would make me happy, not something that my family wanted for me.
There’s always a rush, a sense of excitement right before the First AD calls ‘action’ and I take pride in trying to make the director/producers happy by bringing 110% effort on every take! I never got the gratification in my former corporate career as I do when a director tells me that I nailed it, and being known as a reliable performer is very important to me. I know I made the right decision because nothing beats the feeling of satisfaction after a great day on set, there’s always something new and exciting!
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.
I love to create characters on screen and I think what sets me apart is my versatility. In addition, I pay attention to detail and take pride in making my bosses (the director and producers) happy!
What I’m most proud of is how far I’ve come as an actor in the five years since I began my journey in mid-2016. Even with the pandemic to deal with, I’m proud of how I along with my wife Megan fought through it, and am definitely excited for the future now that the world is opening back up and production is ramping up.
It wasn’t easy to get to where I am professionally, having to fight through the ‘numbers game’ of Hollywood, knowing you’re competing every single day with thousands of others on every job. Having to deal with hundreds of rejections on auditions I felt I nailed, or the self doubt that comes with initial family disapproval over your change in career.
I overcame these challenges with perseverance, prayer, and persistence. In addition, I’ve leaned on my wife Megan for love and support in the absence of my family, as they live on the East Coast and it’s just us out here.
Important lessons I’ve learned as I’ve transitioned to a career in Hollywood include, success rarely happens “overnight” and patience is a virtue, always be true to yourself, understand that you can’t please everyone, own your decisions, you only live once so might as well be happy doing what you’re doing, and that you don’t have to prove anything to anyone in this life but yourself!
I’d love the world to know that I’m an actor on the rise – a committed performer who can play many characters and who didn’t need to quit a dead-end life in corporate America, it was taken care of for me and my prayers to pursue a career in Hollywood were answered when I was laid off. I’m in it for the long haul, take nothing for granted, and appreciate all opportunities that come my way.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Hermosa Beach – walk the greenbelt, the strand, grab a beer on Pier Ave and watch the sunset San Gabriel Peak – 6,161′, the tallest point in the Western San Gabriels, a gorgeous hike above the entire LA Basin
Griffith Park – Hollywood Sign hike up Mt. Lee, Griffith Observatory, a concert at The Greek Theatre
Beverly Hills – Cruise Rodeo Drive, take a bike ride through The Flats
Malibu – Check out the Pier, have dinner at Nobu, or play in the sand at Zuma or El Matador Beach
Eat/Drink at Perch in DTLA – 14th floor rooftop view of LA across from Pershing Square
Eat/Drink at Catch, PUMP in WEHO
Eat Dinner at Tutt’a Post’ Trattoria in Beverly Hills or Il Capriccio in Los Feliz – the best Italian restaurants
Always exciting to hike Runyon Canyon, catch a baseball game at Dodger Stadium, or ride your bike down The Strand on the beach!
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?
Shoutout to my wife Megan and fellow actors for always being supportive of my dream!