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

Hi RJ, what do you attribute your success to?
I think the main factor behind my success is how much I love what I do. I have this constant desire to learn more and become better at my crafts. There really is no end goal because the journey is too much fun. Whether it’s creating a film or working on a new art piece, there are opportunities to improve on those things in every day to day life. I set the bar for myself and it’s usually pretty high, but that’s only because I know I’m up for the challenge. I encourage failure because that’s where we grow and learn the most. When you love what you do the “risks” seem like no brainers.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I began acting 6 years ago and since graduating from AMDA in 2019 I’ve been invited and performed at a couple stand up showcases at the HaHa comedy club, booked commercials for turbo tax and Tik tok and starred in 2 episodes of “on the case with Paula Zahn.”. Wanting to further my career more I wrote, directed and starred in my own short film that is currently in post production and have written another short film that is set to be shot this summer. Both films will be submitted to a number of film festivals in the fall. The film that has already been shot (DayTrip) features original artwork of mine created from blunt wraps. I’ve saved just about every type of blunt wrap for the past 4 years and over the course of the pandemic began to create collages out of them such as Spider-Man, toph, jack skellington, the Cheshire Cat and many more. I currently have around 20 pieces I’ve made in the past year and still have over 1,000 unused wraps. So between the day to day auditions, my own films and the blunt art, I stay very busy.

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.
If we’re in LA (pre Covid) we would hit the bars all throughout Hollywood Blvd. but now it seems the outdoor hiking trails that are open are the way to go. I’m a big fan of the wisdom tree hike and then crossing across the top to the Hollywood sign. To eat I’d take them to the taco trucks or Joe’s pizza on Hollywood Blvd. “beeps” in the valley is a good hidden gem though.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I wouldn’t be here without my family and friends. There’s too many to name. They know who they are.

Instagram: @rjknowsbest

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