We had the good fortune of connecting with Peter Ivanov and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Peter, have you ever found yourself in a spot where you had to decide whether to give up or keep going? How did you make the choice?
You don’t have a choice. Just keep going. Giving up is NEVER the right answer! Cutting losses, on the other hand, is something else entirely(so be able to distinguish between the two.) If you have a drive, a desire, a goal that you strive for, that makes you feel alive, that gives you purpose, that you think about constantly, that you want more than anything, and you’ve officially decided for yourself that this is the way things should be, then nothing can stop you. You have no choice but to keep going until you reach whatever that is, because no matter how long it takes, or what comes your way, you know deep down inside that you can’t live your life any other way, and if you do give up, you no longer feel alive. So pull yourself out of your cyclical mental mania of self-questioning and have the courage to keep going. Once you’ve succeeded, everything you’ve gone through up until that moment will make sense, and you can revel in the relief of achievement, but by that point you’re already on to the next thing. Never give up.
Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
I’m an actor, and I live for feature films, but it wasn’t always this way. Most of the details I won’t reiterate, as they are explained in my previous article, but what I can say is the road hasn’t been easy, nor did I expect it to be. Part of the reason I got into all of this was for the challenge. I was living the comfortable life already, as an engineer. I “made it” coming out of college and found my way into a healthy career. I had the money, the possessions, the safety, all of it. It was all there…except for one thing; I didn’t feel alive. At this stage, I noticed a lot of people submit. For some, this is what they’ve always wanted and I have the utmost respect for people who love their lives and are realizing their dreams, but for others, I saw that they decided to remain in the confines of a life that did not serve their spirit properly. A place where they could not continue to grow. So, I set out in service of those described by the latter. I set out to inspire and prove to others that you have the power to become whatever you want to be in this life. You simply have to have the persistence and courage to pursue it. Yes, I AM doing this for myself, but more importantly I’m doing what I’m doing because if I didn’t live my life the way I believe it is supposed to be lived, I would be doing a disservice to those who seek the inspiration to do so themselves, and to those who already ARE living their lives the way they want to. There are plenty of obstacles along the journey, many of which only show up through experience rather than books or research. There is only so much preparation one can undertake, but the rest requires the resolve to leap into the unknown and see what happens. I’ve learned many lessons thus far, but the significant ones are to remain adamant with your goal(s), establish relationships, take personal time, and enjoy the ride. Anything worthwhile will take time. Don’t be easily swayed or distracted, but at the same time, learn to smell the flowers along your journey. Be good to people, as they are your largest asset and they make life more enjoyable. Learn to take time for yourself to recharge and recalibrate when you need it. By all means, grind, but if you’re grinding away at every possible second, eventually you’ll wear yourself down until you’re nothing but dust. Balance is in order. This is my life. I have set my trajectory and I’m excited for what’s to come and what I can achieve. I feel alive. I hope I’ve convinced you to live yours.
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?
I’m a big mountaineer/climber, so I take my friends into the mountains (Topanga, Angeles Forest, San Gorgonio Wilderness, San Jacinto), but above all I would suggest JOSHUA TREE. Seriously. Go check it out. The place is awesome. Other places are: -beaches of Malibu(El Matador in particular) -the Getty Museum -the Endeavor Space Shuttle -Priscilla’s Coffee Shop (great hangout spot) -The Perch (rooftop nightlife downtown LA) 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?
The list is far too extensive and I’m not going to clutter this page with names. It includes all the people in my entire life who have gotten me to where I am today; all the moments I’ve experienced that have defined me as a person. These people know who they are. My incredible family, my friends from MN, LA, and across the world, my teachers, my mentors, my roommates, my partners, my colleagues, my enemies, my lovers, and my haters. All of you are the reason I am who I am, and I would not be here without you. Thank you.
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