We had the good fortune of connecting with Koby Kumi-Diaka and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Koby, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
Self discipline, a tenacious work ethic and the ability to make major sacrifices are just a few factors that play a role in my life when it comes to my success. Overall the most important factor for me when it comes to success is a strong sense of belief. The type of belief that I am talking about is one that comes from the depths of a person, it is one so strong that it is connected to a sense of purpose in an individual. This deeply rooted belief takes priority in a way that supersedes any and all obstacles.
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 am an actor and producer. Although I have done several plays, I mainly work in television and film. I’ve worked on different shows which have all been unique processes that have helped me develop as a film actor and build a solid resume. The most recent show that I’ve worked on was “The Politician,” I played the recurring role of “Pierre,” who was a student running to be the vice president of the High School. “The Politician” was nominated for two golden globe awards.
The Journey has been anything but easy, I’ve seen many people leave and go back home to where they grew up, I’ve also seen people stay and decide to pursue different endeavors outside of the entertainment industry. There were several hurdles along the way, a high cost of living, an extremely competitive audition process for every role, and then there was building a trustworthy group of friends in a fast-paced industry where people come and go at a high rate. It was also difficult finding a way to work a job and to be available for auditions, workshops, classes, and meetings, not to mention juggling a social life of some sort all while not having immediate family living near California. Regardless of any hurdle, my long-held desire to become a successful working actor and to inspire others is much stronger than any obstacle.
I believe what sets me apart from others is simply the ability to keep going no matter what happens, it’s a tenacity and grit that comes from a place of knowing that what I’m pursuing will be attained.
I will have a book coming out about how to make it in Hollywood as an actor in the near future, stay tuned to my social media to see when it comes out. www.instagram.com/
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If my best friend was visiting LA for a weekend, I would have to make sure they experienced what the city had to offer in food, tourist attractions and of course the beautiful beaches. On the first day we would go eat at Bea Bea’s in burbank, they are one of the most popular places in LA for breakfast. The next location would be to Santa Monica Pier, this is one of the most beautiful beaches in California with several boutique stores and food, a must see for tourists. Next on the itinerary would be a tour of the houses in Bel-Air, which would be with one of the touring companies. We would close the night out by going to the Hollywood walk of fame to see the stars on the floor, the chinese theater, and by eating at one of the restaurants on Hollywood blvd.
Day two we would go to The Griddle Cafe in Hollywood for breakfast, they have the best pancakes in town. The next stop after breakfast would be the Getty museum or the Griffith Observatory, both places are must see tourist attractions. The rest of day two would be spent doing some shopping at the Beverly Center and eating dinner in Culver City at one of the best restaurants for italian food called the Pasta Sisters.
On the final day, we would go hiking on the well known trail called Runyon Canyon, this would double as a good morning workout and a great place to take pictures of the city from the mountain top. The next stop after our hike would be to check out Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles, I’m sure my friend would really enjoy their food. The rest of the afternoon would be spent driving down the pacific coast highway to get to Malibu and once we were there, we would hang out and enjoy the beach and water until sunset. The last place on the itinerary would be to have dinner at Lala’s restaurant in Studio City, in order to get seats at Lala’s a reservation is required, which is evidence of their high rating in fine dining.
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 so many people that have played a major role in my life. While on my journey to become a working actor in Hollywood I’ve been mentored, coached, and supported by people who saw potential in me that I didn’t even perceive in myself at times. I am also an avid reader and have a collection of books, one of my favorite pastimes is sitting in a quiet room or going to the park to read, specifically non-fiction books that have to do with self development. “The Magic of Thinking Big.” by David J. Schwartz is one of my favorite books which helped to unlock the potential within me in so many ways. I read Mr. Schwartz book several times and did the exercises at the end of every chapter over and over. One of the main takeaways from the book that really impacted me was the chapter about action conquering fear. It is in the doing of things that the “magic” happens and the fear disappears.
Jason R. Moore is a good friend who is also a successful working actor, he coached me and contributed so much to my development in several ways. My parents and siblings have been there for me through it all, there aren’t enough words to express the gratitude and appreciation I feel for my family.