We had the good fortune of connecting with Malcolm Bowen and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Malcolm, how do you think about risk?
Wow. I think that risk-taking is super important. Especially as an actor, risk-taking is crucial if you want to find yourself being one of those coveted actors that you see on the big and small screen. Why? It’s how you know what your limits are and what you are truly capable of. My first big risk was moving across the country away from all of my family to start a life and pursue my career on my own in California. While I still had their support, I would be lying if I said I wasn’t afraid of what would happen. Flash forward to the present and I’m still benefiting from that risk today. I am no longer afraid to travel to places far away, especially if my motivation for doing so is strong enough. Audition-wise, taking risks has aided in getting me out of my comfort zone and into a place where I surprise even myself. And I encourage other actors that I occasionally coach on audition self-tapes to do so. This is a very good thing because you will find yourself making choices in your auditions that you never thought you would. And when you get that email or call from your rep that you are PINNED, or ON AVAIL, that just further validates the risk that you took.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m currently pursuing acting for TV, Film, and Commercials. That includes voiceover as well which has surprisingly been successful. My voice has been featured in commercials, industrials, tv shows, and videogames. One of my voiceover highlights was getting to work on a few Netflix projects with my voice being dubbed over foreign actors’ voices. I think what sets me apart from others is that I am passionate, but still don’t take myself too seriously. I am very humble and love to learn and explore anything that will make me a better actor and artist. Despite the success, the road has been a very tough one. The easiest way to deal with the constant rejection from all angles in this industry is to simply give up. By choosing not to, I have been able to adapt and be okay with rejection. If it is meant to be, it will be. As clichè as that may sound, it holds true. One important lesson is to never take rejection seriously. Yes, it hurts especially when you really want that part or that job. But, another lesson, you should only worry about the things that you can control. This advice was such a stress reliever for me. The world should know that I love the arts and I love acting! Being in a creative field like this is so fulfilling for me that my journey will extend beyond just being in front of the camera. I also will be producing content of my own. My goal has always been to inspire and motivate others, especially ones who feel overlooked, that they too can achieve success. Coming from a small town where there isn’t much opportunity, I knew that if I wanted to find some semblance of success, I had to take a chance and that’s what I hope people see.
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?
Qwench Juice Bar. They have probably one of the best Acai Bowls in LA. Birdies in DTLA. This place…man, they have amazing chicken sandwiches. They also offer delicious donuts as well. The Santa Monica Pier is a great spot to hang out, eat, and there is even a mini carnival to enjoy. Assuming my best friend has never been here, we would probably take a trip down the PCH to get an amazing view of the beach scenery. Go to Beverly Hills, more specifically the iconic Rodeo Drive. We’d then take a trip to Hollywood Boulevard so that they can take in the sights and see the Walk of Fame. Next, we would go to Griffith Observatory because I’m sure they would want to see some other stars. Later on we would check out some bars in Downtown LA and maybe West Hollywood as well. There are great bars in each. Oh, and I can’t forget about Venice Beach! Rounding out the weekend, we could take a trip to the Citadel Outlets where we can get the latest deals on fashion. 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?
Two of the most fantastic women I have met within the past year are Lorrie Odom and Aurelia Michael. Lorrie is an acting coach who teaches acting classes online at ActorsConnection.com. This is also where I met Life Coach and Actress, Aurelia Michael. I am not currently one of her clients, however, that doesn’t take away from her being amazing. Since taking a class with Lorrie, I have a new confidence when it comes to auditions. Not only am I more relaxed, but I approach them in a way that showcases me so much better. Also, my fellow actor and best friend, Neiko Neal. It’s funny because we kind of coach each other in auditions and through that, I have seen much change in my auditions for the better. My mom deserves the ultimate shoutout. While she isn’t here to read this, she was and still is my biggest cheerleader. I know that she is smiling down on me, jumping for joy, or a combination of the two as she watches me on my journey.
– Still from “The Taste of Candy” – Jesse Stewart Photography – Malcolm Bowen BTS on HTGAWM