We had the good fortune of connecting with Marissa Gill and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Marissa, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I think I’ve always lived my life with a lot of risk. In my opinion, no risk no reward as cliche as that may sound. I have always had big dreams and aspirations, I think if you ever decide to follow your dreams you are taking a risk. When I first decided to follow my heart and pursue a career in acting I had to drop everything with zero knowledge of the industry and no idea how to navigate or even know where to start. I basically woke up one day and decided to stop settling, I was going to follow my real dream and not stop until I succeed no matter how long it took. After just a year of acting I have worked on so many different sets and already accomplished so much. I wake up everyday happy I took that risk.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I have always been an artist from a very young age. It first started off with drawing, and sketching. The first time I did a portrait of my brother and my family was so impressed. I kind of always was the artsy child, I loved anything artistic. I did my first play when I was 7 and had the time of my life, which is what made me realized I loved acting, but I never had it in me to actually go for it. I went to college pursuing something completely different, I always had the thought in the back of my head that I wanted to act but had no idea where to start and thought it was impossible to start this late. My life was kind of at a hard place a year ago and I woke up and decided to change it. I started researching acting schools and decided acting was going to be my future. It was not easy by any means but it just felt natural to me. I started applying for different roles and not long after I booked my first Feature film supporting role. I booked this role without any acting school experience and it was my first self-tape I had ever sent in, I knew absolutely nothing about the industry at this time. Then I got a call back a few weeks later and that was unreal, I felt confidant in myself knowing that my first self tape landed me a call back but did not think there was anyway I would land the role. Two weeks later I got an email asking for the final call back, It was in person with the producer and writer. I was so nervous but had an instant connection with them and I felt good but still wasn’t sure I would land the role. I got the call 3 weeks later they said that after a long decision they would love me to play the role. This feeling was unlike any feeling I’ve ever experienced, I was on cloud 9 as they say. Ever since then I have done many films and I’m looking forward to all the other opportunities to come.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
In LA theres so much going on. I love going to Malibu its so beautiful there. I also really enjoy going out to eat, there are so many great spots to eat. Some of my favorite spots are Perch in downtown LA, it is a rooftop restaurant and bar and its absolutely beautiful, the views are unreal. I also really love Desert 5, its a rooftop bar and they have a great vibe and awesome view. My favorite spot on a Friday night has to be The Rhythm room in downtown, they have amazing live music, so many board games and great cocktails. In Los Angeles I love exploring and riding a bird ( electric scooter) around its just so much fun, it makes me feel like a kid again.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would love to thank my mom for always supporting me and giving me encouragement and love for everything I do. I remember every time a film or video came out she was so excited and showing everyone. Since I was little she always believed in me and thought I was a star, way before I ever thought any of this was possible. Another person I would love to dedicate this shoutout to would be my best friend Sabrina Kirkpatrick, she has always been so supportive of me and believed I was meant to be in front of the camera. When I told her I was going to start acting her exact words were ” its about time” there was no shock at all. The way she reacted really gave me that push I needed to have the confidence to get in there and start auditioning and booking roles. Lastly I would also love to thank my amazing management A Greek God Ent. for signing me and believing in me. Abraham Lopez, my manager always gives me great advice and helps me navigate the entertainment industry in the best way. I have grown so much in my acting skills over the time I’ve been signed and will continue to grow and become the best actor I can be.

Website: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm12737490/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/marissgill/

Image Credits
Abraham Lopez Talisa Malhas Sameer Bhavnani

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