We had the good fortune of connecting with Tony Bartele and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tony, how do you think about risk?
When it comes to risk, I think that it is inherent in everything we do. Walking out of your front door is a risk. Driving to a friend’s house, is a risk. Anything can happen to you at any time. So I look at it as, why not take it further, and go for whatever it is you desire? “No risk, no reward” is how the saying goes. Yet there are times when the size of the risk doesn’t pay off in the way we expected. That is to say, there is always a lesson or something to take from it, even if it isn’t the outcome we foresaw. I took a huge risk, moving to LA and pursuing my dream as an actor. I jumped ship. I walked away from a “comfortable” life in hopes of acheiving something greater. The bigger risk, to me, was staying complacent and not going for it. I risked mediocrity, and potentially regretting the decision, had I opted to stay. My choice has paid off in so many ways. I’ve been through a lot of trials, but they are just as plentiful as the lessons I’ve learned. The memories and experiences I’ve been blessed to have, the people I’ve met and worked with, the bonds I’ve made, the growth in me as a person, the projects I’ve been able to be apart of, the list goes on. I would have none of that today, had I told myself that the risk was too big to take. Risk is 100% necessary if you want to gain something. Life would be unbearbly boring with no risk.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Acting is my chosen art form. Being a creative, being able to entertain, and tell stories is such a fulfilling thing for me. What I love most about it, is the escape. Not just the one for myself, when I dive into my roles, but the one that I provide for anyone that watches me. I was able to get to where I am today, by hardwork and determination, as well as the help of people that care about, and support me. The path I chose is not an easy one; most that are in the industry can atest to that. But it’s easier to not only endure, but also to fight, when you have the right people in your corner. The most important lesson I’ve learned through it all, is to always keep moving foward. Do not stay stagnant. And with that, know yourself, be confident in yourself, and operate with no fear to the best of your ability. The world should know that no matter how far I have come, I am still just a midwestern boy with a big dream at heart. The only thing that makes me different than most, is I chose to go for it, and I am still going for it to this day, and will keep going until I die.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
The beach is a must of course. So Manhattan Beach would be my choice. It’s such a different vibe from Venice beach or Santa Monica and it’s only a bit further south down the coast from those. Definitely have to hit a hike too, so we would hit up Point Dune. Great views of the ocean there. Food is a GIVEN haha and LA has so many good ramen joints. So we are hitting Tatsu, Kopan, or Izakaya, or all three. As well as my fave taco truck, Tacos de Cuba. A day trip to Long Beach would be fun. People watching in Hollywood is fun in itself. Magic mountain or Universal City walk would be fun as well. There’s actually too much to do haha. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to dedicate this shoutout to my parents, Tony and Debra. I am blessed to have them in my life, and to have their love and support. Another shoutout goes to my sister Katy O’Brian. She has been there for me through a lot of tough times, and she was instrumental in my move to LA. Leo Lungaro and Jason Woods, two of my best friends, more like brothers really. Same goes for Rofael Johnson, Brandon Brooks, and Tadjh Brooks. Choice Skinner, my amazing acting coach and the rest of the Breakin’ Through Actors Workshop Family. Christina Boyd, Joshua Sowden, Camille McLucas, Andre Williams, Kevin Vaughn, Quincy Ewing, Derek Kunzman, Emmanual Carter, Brandon Benz, Ransom Pugh, Bryan Green-Cash, Corey Phillps, Tia Bigbee. The list is endless really. Anyone I didn’t mention, you already know I love and appreciate you to the utmost!
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