We had the good fortune of connecting with Mark Elias and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mark, what habits do you feel play an important role in your life?
Daily commitment to my craft. You could argue that’s not a habit. But making a habit of finding material and working on it, daily, will help you elevate your game and be ready when the opportunity presents itself. But entertainment is a business and while that phrases loses meaning with as often as it is thrown around, the stark reality of it is that if you schedule your day between the craft that you’re pursuing and the administration involved (marketing, outreach, growing a network), then you are positioning yourself for success. The micro view of it then becomes, what / who are you targeting and for what path in your career? It can be constantly changing but visualizing a direction that you want your career to go in is the single most driving force in guiding your own motivation and success.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m an actor / filmmaker. I truly love unique, impactful stories and characters with dynamic, dimensional, unexpected motivations. Bringing different sides of myself to the roles that I create and play have been the most fulfilling; in Golden Boy, the James Dean type character with a raw and dark past; in Boy Makes Girl, the overbearing internal need for order and process. All of these characters come from a place of being on the outside looking in; aside from that I prefer to let the work do the talking. Building a creative career feels like it’s ever-evolving and it’s a continual challenge to raise to the next level and redefine your goals. I’ve learned a lot about being flexible and seeing the opportunity in everything, and honestly it allows for that level of authenticity to be present in my work — something I will always value in the craft that I continually strive to improve.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’m a big fan of environment and experience. Places like Griffith Park / Observatory or Santa Monica Pier are both tourist spots but also places where you’re able to absorb the vibe of that part of Los Angeles. Of course you can’t miss the opportunity to hit up those throwback diners with headshots covering the walls, and bars by the beaches.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
The list is incredibly long and begins and ends with family and friends. A close friend at FOX gave me a great opportunity that I was able to grab a hold of. A highly accomplished writer took me under his wing the past year and I am forever grateful for that — especially during a pandemic. It’s truly every person in my circle that has showed up physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually for me when they didn’t have to, or offered to help when they didn’t have to. I’m very East Coast in that way — I’ll always happily return the favor and help elevate those in my circle as well.
Images are taken from Golden Boy, Boy Makes Girl, 16 Love, 9-1-1 Lone Star, Lucifer