We had the good fortune of connecting with Riley Bowes and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Riley, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I’ve wanted to be an actor for as long as I can remember. I earned an honors degree in an unrelated field and never felt fulfilled on that path. I finally decided to pursue an artistic career for two major reasons: Firstly, I knew it would be most fulfilling to me. I’ve always had a passion for film and performance art. I find nothing in the world more exciting and exhilarating. Secondly, I felt I had a genuine chance at being great at it. I was competent enough in my previous career, but I always had a feeling that I could be distinguished in the Arts. Whether that ends up being the case remains to be seen, but what I know for sure is that this is the path I’m supposed to be on, for better or worse.
Please tell us more about your career. 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?
Well I’m an actor first and foremost. I have acted both on stage and on screen, although most of my acting has been for film and television. Film is my passion, and I am learning more and more about the craft and the industry. I’m slowly expanding my filmic repertoire and have recently started writing some of my own original content. Ultimately, I’d like to be able to produce my own projects. I’d say what sets me apart is my appreciation for artistic integrity and reverence for the artistic process. I believe that true artistic expression comes from the inside out, not from the outside in. By that I mean art, whether it be a movie, a song, or any other kind, is an expression of the vision and perspective of the artist(s) and should not be heavily swayed by a desire to appease certain groups or societal standards or market demands. I believe that all the greatest IPs became so by creators being given the freedom to be true to themselves and their visions. Of course, I understand that the industry is commercially driven, as is any industry. But I believe the greatest and most successful artists view this as a concession, not as the thrust of their artistic endeavors. This is the mindset I seek to bring to my work and career. My journey has definitely not been easy. It would take hours to talk about the many challenges on this, my road to self-actualization, but I don’t view my struggles as greater than those of any other career. Life is characterized by hardship. What’s important is that we rise above our challenges and persevere. And for me that has only been possible because of my Christian faith. Christ is my Rock. I’ve learned many lessons throughout my journey, but none more profound than the importance of having a strong moral and spiritual foundation that keeps you grounded and resolute through the many storms that inevitably come. What I want the world to know about me and my brand is that I’m driven by my passion for Acting and Film. I just want to work on great projects with great artists. I strive to be the best I can be as an artist and I’ve overcome some tough obstacles. I will continue to do so in pursuit of this goal.
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.
Okay, I’m not sure I’m the best person to entertain someone for an entire week, but perhaps I could show him around for a day… We’ll start the day with a little morning dip in the ocean at Santa Monica Beach. Then it’s brunch on Main Street at Urth Caffe. From there we’re off to Malibu Creek for a lovely hike in the mountains. The views there are breathtaking. You’re not a true Angeleno if you don’t go for a hike at least once a week. Then we’ve got to freshen up quickly, because Will Smith’s new movie is premiering at the Regency Village Theater in Westwood. He’ll be there taking pictures and signing autographs before the movie. Should be fun. Now it’s time to hit the town. There’s a dope speakeasy I know in Hollywood called Sunset & Vinyl. We’ll end the day there. Man, COVID 19 sucks…
Alright, so let’s jump right in! 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 a person, group, organization, book, etc. that you want to dedicate your shoutout to? Who else deserves a little credit and recognition in your story?
Absolutely. A massive shoutout must go to Boikgantsho Consulting and Events Institute – a company based in Pretoria, South Africa who helped sponsor my studies in LA as a part of their Corporate Social Responsibility initiative. Special thanks must go to Zakes and Olebogeng More. This is a kindness for which I am eternally grateful. And of course, my family. I wouldn’t be here without their continued love and support. They’re the ones that motivate me when I’m discouraged and they cheer for me when I succeed. I’m always striving to make them proud. Last, but not least, I’d like to give a shoutout to Jesus Christ! He is the light to my path, my Savior and my Sustainer. My faith is central to who I am and what I’m doing. Without it I would’ve never had the courage and the belief to pursue my dreams.
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