We had the good fortune of connecting with Shane Cervantes and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Shane, we’d love to start by asking you about lessons learned. Is there a lesson you can share with us?
As an actor, never give up and never settle. Follow your passion, the money will come to you. With only one life to live, shoot for the stars and follow your heart.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
As an Actor and a Stunt Performer I couldn’t have asked for a better profession to fall in love with. However growing up I didn’t always feel that way, in fact it was the quite opposite when I was younger. Over coming fear and challenges have made me who I am today and has allowed me to grow in ways I never expected. The trials and tribulations one faces when striving to achieve their goals in the entertainment industry isn’t easy… at times you find yourself doubting and wanting to give up. However the determination and love that fuels that passion within, always seems to out weigh the negative aspects and fires you right back up to keep going. Everyone has their own struggles in their own idea of success, in my journey when it comes to being a professional performer it’s been everything from financial struggles, constant rejection, romanic relationship issue, health, and most of all ME. Over the years I’ve been gracious enough to do what I love. I’ve performed in numerous plays/musicals all over OC and LA, Indy films, theme park work, and year round stunt shows. That stuff just doesn’t happen over night, it’s taken years and years of staying consistent, hard work, training, and failure. One of the biggest struggles I’ve faced on my journey is myself. After a really bad audition I would get down and depressed for not being “perfect” and that was something that took me some time to get over. You constantly have to remind yourself that you just might not be what the Directors and Producers are looking for… It’s not that you’re a bad actor, it’s just not meant to be and you have to just move onto the next audition. I learned through failure. Failure is what allows us to grow in life, to see what needs improvement and what we need to fix in ourselves. Will Smith has said it perfectly in just two words “fail successfully”. Yes fail successfully because without failure we will never learn how to become the best we can be. I would fail at either an audition or new skill I was working on, instead of getting frustrated and giving up, I would keep pushing myself and keep moving forward, using that failure to drive me and excel me in a positive direction. The crazy thing is is that I’m still to this day learning and growing, it never stops. I’m constantly pushing myself to learn new skills and challenge myself. I never really ventured into creating my own content before, and that’s something I’m really looking forward to in the coming years. Writing a screen play of my own is something I’ve always wanted to do, it’s a major challenge for me because I’ve never really dove into that creative side before. Another new avenue I’ve recently started was a PodCast (The Pie Guys) with a few of my friends from the entertainment industry. The three of us are very similar yet different in certain ways so the topics tend to be pretty entertaining to say the least, especially when one of us starts to rant about something we are passionate about. I’ve learned over the years that it’s important to include others in your projects and working as a team allows for a better outcome. We all have a similar interest so why not help each other along the way and support one another and create with each other. In my personal experience it seems that a lot of actors tend to look at each other as “competition”… you can’t look at it that way. Networking with other artists and creators is so unbelievably important! You never know who’s going to call you up in the future, so don’t burn those bridges. Being humble and confident in my skills and craft is something I’ve always strived for in my career, and its worked pretty well for me thus far.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
There’s SO many places to choose from… but I would start off with the Beach. I’ve always loved the ocean. Growing up as a Surfer in Newport Beach OC I’d travel to different surfing spots in the LA area as well, for example Malibu and Palos Verdes Peninsula. LA has some of the most beautiful beaches if you know where to look. When it comes to the night life and you’re looking for good drinks and a solid atmosphere, look no further than “Good Times at Davey Wayne’s”. This is one of my personal favorites, it’s a retro funky 70’s bar! the entrance is basically the garage of a house and you walk through a refrigerator to enter the bar. The entire place is dressed like an old school house so when the music starts, you legit feel like you’ve been transported to a 70’s house party. After building up a sweat on the dance floor head to the Patio where they have alcohol snow cones, they really make for good times! Of course if you’re a Film buff you have to visit a movie studio! Universal and Warner Bros. offer some pretty fun and entertaining backlot tours, so if you’ve never been on a film set or back lot I highly recommend it! I’ve worked on back lots and professional film sets before, and I still get excited taking studio tours! If the City is getting a little fast passed and you wanna slow down and enjoy some nature you have plenty of options. Topanga State Park has some great hiking areas with beautiful mountain views along with more beaches as well. I definitely love camping and hiking so it’s great that LA gives you a little bit of everything within driving distance.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are so many people involved with where I’m at today. Family & Friends are a key factor in my success, however above all comes Terri Miller Schmidt a community theatre Director that provided an opportunity for me to find my passion. She was the one that brought me into the theatre world and believed in my full potential, not as an actor but on the Technical aspect of theatre when I was 13 years old.
Other: “The Pie Guys” Pod Cast on Spotify TikTok- shane_thetrain