We had the good fortune of connecting with Sergio Lopez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sergio, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
Focusing on the humanity in storytelling has been the driving force to my success as an actor and filmmaker. Every film I’ve directed and hope to be a part of has a focus on the human experience. My first feature follows the forgotten humanity of homelessness, while my second feature is a study of PTSD and its effects on our lives. COVID forced me to scale down to a short, but my emphasis on humanity pushed me to create a story about grief. These films connect to audiences because they shine a light on our humanity.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m a self taught filmmaker and the only way I was able to grow and learn was through doing it. And the only way to do anything is through pure discipline. I write 4 hours a day on top of my day job, I also work on my acting for roughly 2 hours a day from either acting class or self rehearsal. I say no to social gatherings and friends (even before COVID) so that I can keep working. I wouldn’t say I have a balanced life, but it’s one that fulfills me.
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.
The first thing I’d do would be to take them people watching downtown or in Hollywood. People are fascinating and LA has some of the most interesting characters to spy on. It would be a shame not to highlight that unique aspect of the city. I’d also take them to Pasadena because it’s a cool part of town that feels far away from the city with its old architecture and hidden gems.
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 now defunct IO West. For giving me a home to grow as a performer when I needed it most.