We had the good fortune of connecting with Rafael Cabrera and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rafael, how do you think about risk?
I’ve come to see risk taking as an essential part of my life and my career. In 2017, I took a major risk to try and advance my career. I turned in the keys to my Jersey City, NJ apartment, packed my car (then Dodge Challenger) and drove cross country to Los Angeles, California. I had nothing in LA; no apartment, no job and no friends (not even acquaintances). I knew that it was the entertainment capital and being an actor, I knew it’s where I needed to be if I wanted to really pursue my passion. Luckily the day I arrived, I found a room for rent on craigslist (which I do not recommend) and tried to settle in. I look back now and laugh because the first week I was here, I didn’t sleep. I found myself up all night brainstorming how I would tackle this new challenge. Now four years later, my resume includes Guest Star and Recurring roles in 9 different network television shows. I am not where I want to be in my career but everyday I try to put myself in a position to get there. It requires one to really trust the process regardless not knowing what the next step is sometimes. I’ve taken plenty of risks in these last four years that have terribly failed. The good thing about taking risks is that it usually leads to adjustment or success. There really is no failure since all risks are learning lessons that can only make us better. I have also been lucky enough to find a really good team of representatives that believe in my vision and talent. I have had to take risks as well as re-evaluate and restructure the teams I’ve worked with to find the perfect match. With that being said, I would love for the community of actors to remember that while an agent and manager can excel your career, there is a reason they make 10% and you make 90%. You can have a solid team but you have to work harder than everyone else.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’ve got to this point in my profession by choosing to attack my acting career as a business. A lot of people think that having a career as an actor is a fantasy, a dream, it’s like winning the lottery. While all these things can be true, it can be glorious and magical but at the end of the day, it’s just another job. This mentality helps me overcome the challenges that I am faced with every day.
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?
The majority of my close friends and family reside in New Jersey. When they visit, the first place I usually take them is to Hollywood Blvd (and I always like to mention that one day I will have a star on the walk of fame). I would then have them try Pink’s Hot-dogs on La Brea Blvd, visit the Staples center in Downtown LA, check out the views at the Griffith Park Observatory and then probably end the night somewhere on Venice beach. Los Angeles has hidden gems all over. It is truly a versatile place to live.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would love to give a shoutout to all the actors that are working day in and day out to accomplish their goals. It’s a great community to be apart of and I do not think enough credit is given to the regular actor, that books 3-4 jobs a year and is able to keep it all together. Staying grounded and focused in a world full of “No’s” is a SUPERPOWER!