We had the good fortune of connecting with Paige Galdieri and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Paige, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
Since before I could remember, I have always loved performing. Whether I was dragging my brother around in a wig or belting Taylor Swift in my bedroom, I knew I was going to do this for the rest of my life.
Performing was an outlet for me to be myself and I was good at it. I was never really good at sports, so while the other kids were playing basketball, I was singing Wicked.
I fell in love with musical theater and the magic of storytelling through song, I got bit by the theater bug early and never let it go.
I vowed to myself that I would at least try to make it as an actor because whats worse than failing is not trying at all.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
What is so important for artists, is to treat their career path like any other business. I think my entrepreneurial mind is what sets me apart. I know this industry is hard, I’ve been told it my whole life. So, instead of letting it get me down, I have built a stable system around me, financially, that supports my career in the arts.
Us actors are auditioning for 90% of our career. So, instead of working in a restaurant when I’m not working in that 20%, I wanted to have something that brought joy along with the moola. That is why I went into marketing and when you think about it, having the skills to market myself as an actor is literally the perfect side hustle. And I love it!
Through my journey to working in marketing, I have realized the importance of “image” in the entertainment industry. No one cares what you’re doing, but if you look busy, you look more credible. And thanks to marketing, you can make that happen.
I want more actors to realize that they don’t just have to work as a server as their side hustle. You can still follow your dreams while finding another passion as your side job.
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.
I love any place near the water. If we were at Manhattan Beach we would HAVE to go eat at Slay Italian Kitchen then grab drinks at 900 Manhattan and Strand House. SO cute!
We would for sure go for a drive down the PCH and head up towards Topanga to the COOLEST thrift store called Hidden Treasures.
Obviously, go see some Improv at The Groundlings.
Oh and my fave, Good Times At Davey Wayne’s for drinks in a 7os timecapsule.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My shoutout goes to my family and friends who have always been my biggest support system. Never did my family question my decision to make a career in the arts. Instead, they drove me all over for rehearsals and supported me through art school. I will always have my parents to thank for helping me follow my dreams.