We had the good fortune of connecting with Mario Barra and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mario, how do you think about risk?
Risk is basically taking a chance to get out of your comfort zone. Whether you’re parent, a student, a business man/woman, an athlete, an artist, lover, or any other, you’re always gonna find yourself in moments where you’re completely comfortable and safe, but taking a risk might be just want you need to experiment something different, or to move forward in your personal or professional life. Taking risks might look scary and overwhelming at the beginning but if you have a good reason to do so it is always worth it to give it a shot.
Risk taking has always been part of me. Early on I took the risk of coming to this country by myself to have a different type of life than the one I was used to in my own country. Later in life I took another risk and decided to change my career to something that I was always interested in trying, comedy and acting. After that I took the risk of leaving everything I had in Denver to come to L.A. to pursue an acting career, once again by myself.
Every time I took these risks I left behind people and lifestyles that were dear to me, but the idea of not taking those risks and never knowing what could’ve happened if I took them was way bigger and overwhelming than the risk itself.
So far I’m satisfied with the risks I took, because if it wasn’t for all those experiences I wouldn’t know what I know about myself now, and I wouldn’t have met all the people that I’ve met so far.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m an actor, an improviser and a writer. I also manage an improv team called ‘Impromundeando’ we do improv in Spanish in L.A. and we’ve been doing shows online on Facebook since the pandemic started. We are different from the other improv teams because we are the only improv team in LA who performs completely in Spanish.
I got to this point through persistence and hard work, definitely not easy, probably the hardest path I’ve ever taken, I overcame challenges by seeing them as an opportunity to grow. I try my best not to take rejections as something personal. So far one the lessons I have learnt is that you have to be at peace within yourself and with who you are before putting yourself out there, otherwise you can get emotionally destroyed.
I would like for the world to know that balance has been a big part of my life, without keeping a good balance in my life I wouldn’t be here writing these words.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would take them to the beach first, either Santa Monica, Malibu or Santa Barbara, If they had more time I would try to get them on a ferry and go to Catalina Island. I would also take them on a hike to the Hollywood sign and the Observatory. There are so many places to choose when it comes to dining, but if we were in Santa Monica I would take them to any of the amazing restaurants near Santa Monica Pier. If we were near West Hollywood I would take to Santa Monica Blvd where all the fun people are, – wink, wink -. Larchmont Village is also a good place to go, places like Gratitude or Lemonade are some of my favorites when it comes to comfort food. I would definitely skip Hollywood blvd and the walk of fame, it’s quite overrated and it needs some serious cleaning. If they had even more time I would suggest going to Joshua Tree, Big Bear, or any other of the amazing national parks that California has.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My family in Mexico, my second family in Denver, my good friends here in L.A. specially to my team ‘Impromundeando’, and to all the people, productions and institutions/schools that have given me an opportunity to learn more about my passions, specially to Second City, UCB, iO West, Adam Lazarre-White, and Bruno Bichir.
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