We had the good fortune of connecting with Olivia Scott and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Olivia, what role has risk played in your life or career?
When it comes to taking risks, it’s easy to correlate it with something big and scary. I decided to look up the definition, on Google it says, “In simple terms, risk is the possibility of something bad happening.” Well that doesn’t sound scary at all. The “POSSIBILITY” is pretty much small potatoes in todays world. When it comes to ones life/career things can always go wrong but, to be honest, living in a state of fear is the opposite of fun. As an actor/model you can get rejected every day, or even multiple times a day. AKA risk get’s a little less scary when you have things that can easily be interpreted as “bad” happening to you daily. Overall, I feel that since I am already working in a field that has so much risk it has gotten easier and easier to take risks, at this point in my life I pretty much welcome risks. Risks make life more fun anyways.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
In high school I loved playing basketball and soccer. At 16 one of my basketball teammates, who was a model in Chicago, told me that the runway show she was in that weekend was in dire need of a blonde model. I’ve never modeled before but was enrolled in acting classes in the city and was VERY ready to get on stage, no matter what form that came in. It’s funny, being a model was never something that crossed my mind. So moral of that story- try new things you don’t think of, because it could pave the way to your future in ways you never would’ve expected. Since then modeling has given me so many amazing opportunities I never would have had if I didn’t just go for it. It has also allowed me more freedom to take all the acting classes I’ve wanted to in my free time. If someone is an actor I strongly believe that if they are not on set then they should be in a class. Athletes practice all the time, actors should be no different. Currently I am taking private lessons with a professor from USC in clowning, in a few short weeks I will graduate from his program and be a clown. When it comes to work I think that it is very important to not question what is necessarily coming your way but to say YES to those things that feel right and see where it takes you.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
You have one weekend in LA? Well, if you want to go to some “Super LA” restaurants then, start with breakfast at Urth Caffe on Melrose, for a mid day smoothie check out Earthbar in West Hollywood, for a late lunch go to The Ivy, at night hit up Katana (sushi). Now, that is a FULL day of super LA spots, when visiting a new city it can be very fun to do such things. If you want a different type of LA experience, maybe more chilled down a bit, grab breakfast at Home (on Hillhurst), a yummy smoothie from The Punchbowl, a late lunch at TOI (Thai), and some dinner at Traktir (delicious Russian). The thing is, there are so many great restaurants in LA, these are the first that come to my mind, you truly can’t go wrong eating in Los Angeles.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Joe Pascente is a writer in Chicago and has two published, fiction, books out. You can find them both on Amazon. I have known Joe for over 10 years and it is amazing to see how an artist truly blooms when they go after what they want. Joe is also one of sweetest humans I know, and is a champion for other artists. Joe deserves all the recognition he can get!! Oh, and also, grab one of his books- it’s a great time to support artists.