We had the good fortune of connecting with Neiko Neal and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Neiko, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Risk for me is essential to growth, in my opinion. I have a hard time settling for the same old thing because of fear. If you are on the road and not moving because you are afraid to pull into the Fastlane, your never going to make it to your desired location. Don’t be that car on the side of the road, constantly missing out on opportunities because you’re too afraid to put yourself out there. You have to take a ‘risk’ to grow.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am an actor in Los Angeles, CA. I moved here from Delaware in 2012. I desired to do photography and work with beautiful people for a living. I had a minor in Theater from the University of Delaware that I didn’t plan on using. I was a criminal justice major in college. After working out here for a while, I met actors who loved what they did and thought I could easily do it, so I decided to dive in. I joined SAG in 2018, and as of today, I’m standing on 7 Co-Star credits between TV/Film. What sets me apart from other actors in LA is my foundation, morals, and character. I’m usually an animated person anyway; acting allows me to channel it more creatively. One of my most significant accomplishments was working alongside Channing Tatum on DOG. That was unbelievable! I enjoyed experiencing a professional set after working so long on short films, music videos, and background. I was blessed to get a great manager and agent who fell in love with my type and knew precisely what casting director to put me in front of. It wasn’t easy. It was about 10 years in the making for me to arrive here. It was important for me to continue to train and master my craft so I can compete with the rest of the excellent actors in LA. There is a slew! So make sure you a ready! I learned never to doubt yourself or who you are. You never know what you can accomplish if you just stick to your goals and work hard. Also, never take ‘No’ personally when your out there doing what you do. There are a lot of moving parts behind every casting decision and we have to celebrate the losses just as much as the wins. Always remember that.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I love going to the beach when I get the chance, and LA has a lot. If you ever want a beautiful view, restaurants, boutiques, and good people, check out Santa Monica Pier. I think it’s the most fun and inexpensive place to visit and have a great time. You can get on a Ferris wheel, eat seafood, take pictures along the pier, people watch, etc. Whatever you are into for the day, you can find it at the dock. A great place to check out if you’re ever in the city.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Yes! First, I want to shout out to my homie Malcolm Bowen for being that dependable friend and reader during all my auditions. I want to shout out to all the instructors I’ve had the pleasure to work with and shape my craft here in LA. Most importantly GOD for his everlasting grace and blessings and every actor out there doing what they love despite the negativity and challenges.
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