We had the good fortune of connecting with Nina Marcelo and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nina, how do you think about risk?
Risk-taking plays an insanely important part not only in my career but I think in life also. Naturally, it’s easy to fear risk because with risk can come failure, and nobody likes to fail. However, failure is essential to learning and growing which is what makes it so important. When it comes to acting you hear the term “take risks” a lot. The actor who takes risks is the one who is the most entertaining to watch because the unpredictability of that is what makes it believable and keeps you on the edge of your seat. Also, going into the entertainment industry is typically considered a risk as well because of its unpredictability when it comes to where you could end up with your career. Every day feels like a risk because you don’t necessarily know where your next job will come from or when it will even come! To me, that’s the beauty of risk, and part of what makes life so fun. The unknown, because on the other side of risk could also be success. The feeling of working so hard, taking risks, failing, learning, trying again, and then finally reaching that goal. That’s what makes it worth it. None of that would be possible if you didn’t take the risk in the first place. As many people do, I took a huge risk moving across the country to pursue a career in acting, but every little success feels that much more rewarding because I took the risk to come out here and try.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am excited because I am at the very beginning of my career, so that means I’m getting to go through the process of building my career from scratch. Having graduated during the beginning of the pandemic definitely felt like it delayed the process but it was a good lesson to learn right at the beginning. You have to keep going even when it feels like things aren’t. Stay motivated and find something that keeps you doing something creative. Then when the time comes, you’re ready to work. I’ve also learned that it’s okay to not have everything figured out. There can be moments where you are a little lost and maybe aren’t totally sure of what you’re doing, and that’s okay. Take the time that you need to figure it out, and don’t force it. I have put in a lot of work to get to where I am today and still have a long way to go! It was absolutely not easy but as they say, the most rewarding things in life do not come easily. I am very excited for what the future holds and I’m taking it day by day and enjoying the ride!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Oh man, there’s so much in this city to do it almost feels impossible to get to everything in one vacation. Of course, I would begin with the must-see attractions like the Hollywood sign/ walk of fame, Santa Monica Pier, the Griffith Observatory, and other things. However, I think one of the most important things for me is the food. I love taking my friends to new food places to try out the different restaurants. I really enjoy taking friends to get koran bbq because the food is amazing and it’s a very cool experience! I also enjoy doing things like Karaoke in Koreatown, volleyball on the beach in Malibu, and bar hopping in West Hollywood. This list could truly be endless in an entertaining city like L.A.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Wow. Luckily, I have so many people in my life to who I could dedicate this shoutout. I would like to specifically dedicate this to my parents though. They have been incredibly supportive throughout my entire life but especially this part where I decided to leave and pursue my dreams. I know it can be difficult to see the struggle that it takes to live in Los Angeles as an actor but they always have encouraged me to keep going and have given me the strength to know I can do it. Even on days when I feel like it may be too hard, they have so much faith in me to know that I will get through anything and they are always by my side to help me do so. No amount of words could describe how thankful I am for them and how much they’ve done for me, but I hope this little note, in some way, can capture that. Thank you.
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