We had the good fortune of connecting with Panagiotis Margetis and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Panagiotis, do you have any habits that you feel contribute to your effectiveness?
Consistency I believe is an important habit that I strive to maintain. Sometimes things seem to be flowing my way, I am in the right mood to work or do the things “needed” towards achieving my goals. These are the easy days. When, for whatever reason, I don’t feel like working, I’m out of touch, feel lazy etc, I try to still do baby steps for my work, just for the same of not completely losing my momentum. I’m usually not too hard on myself though, I will happily give myself time when I feel like I need it.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Although acting has been in my life for many years, it was not always my main focus. I studied something different and was on a different path, knowing always that acting is my main passion but I am too afraid to actually go for it. It took some time and work with myself until I finally made the decision and I have really never looked back. I believe it is a hard job. I know there is a running joke about actors complaining of how hard their life is, but at least part of it is true. Acting has a lot of rejection, constant rejection. Every now and then you’ll get a “yes” which makes all the effort worth it, but still it can be very frustrating and challenging to keep going when all you get is “no”. Which also makes sense, because there are only so many projects going on and countless actors, dying to be part of them.
So, about my personal journey in the field, of course there have been difficulties, but I also consider myself lucky. I haven’t been in the industry for a long time, but I’ve had the honour to be part of amazing productions.
If i have learned a lesson, it is that this industry is completely unpredictable. One minute I’m disappointed because things feel slow and I am questioning everything, the next one I am on a set having the time of my life!

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Definitely beach activities come first. Venice, Marina del Rey, Playa del Rey, El Porto, Manhattan Beach and even further down I would explore with them these areas. Grab a coffee at Taner’s in Playa and spend the day biking, playing beach volley, watching the sunset. Lunch would be at Playa Provisions, or somewhere in Manhattan beach.

I would spend another day at The Row in Downtown LA. Explore the shops and the arts district area and then stay for dinner. There is something about DTLA at night that feels cyberpunk to me.

Another day would be Fairfax/West Hollywood. Preferably Sunday, to do the West Hollywood open air market, hopefully after watch a movie at the “Brain Dead” movie theatre and somehow “Animal” restaurant has reopened after it closed down for the pandemic and we can have dinner there.

A few more things would be: Little Tokyo, preferably a nerd friend has joined and wants to go see action figures with me. Silver Lake -I need to explore more and my friends visiting is a good excuse. Stand up comedy show in Hollywood. And finally a few day trips. San Clemente, Santa Barbara, San Diego!

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?
There’s a lot of people that have helped and inspired me so far, but I will dedicate this to my coach in Greece, Lydia Georgana. Lydia is a Director, Actors Coach and Casting Director, very important in her field. I met her a few years back and she has been a pillar to my journey so far. She has guided me in many ways, but the most important is that she has shared her infinite love and knowledge for cinema with me. Lydia has introduced me in countless classic movies, actors and directors. She taught me that by watching and getting inspired by the best in the field, I will be able to grow. Plus, she relieved me from the idea that watching movies is procrastination, and it is part of my job as an actor!

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Brian Parillo Photography

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