We had the good fortune of connecting with Tyler Rhoads and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tyler, what do you attribute your success to?
I am a stalwart believer in community. No one makes it in the creative landscape alone. I have benefitted, time and again, from the help of good, established, talented people who have taken a risk for me. To my credit, I think I have been very adroit at walking through those doors which were offered to me, which is in and of itself a different kind of risk taking. However, those opportunities would not have been available if not for the support, trust, and confidence of my friends, colleagues, and mentors.
Truth be told, I am kind of awful at “networking”. There is a way to leverage relationships and partnerships in this business that is absolutely above board and legitimate. I know dozens of people, friends, who excel at it! It comes easily, naturally. I am clumsy as hell, but I am saved by the fact that what I lack in… facility?… I make up for in earnestness.
I love my community of VO peeps, directors, producers, agents, and actors alike. I try to repay their trust and faith in me by being trustworthy and reliable. I believe that there is enough pie out there for all of us, and what is better in this world than sharing some pie with your friends? My success, as it is, is a testament to the idea that if we all look out for each other, even just a little bit, we all benefit a lot. I try to repay that and live it every chance I get.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I like to pride myself on being very collaborative in my work, whether it is as an actor, directing a big video game session, or making a demo for a client. I believe really strongly in surrounding yourself with the most creative, capable people possible and getting out of their way while they do their jobs. I am where I am today because I was open to seeing the opportunities in front of me (not just blindly going after “what I wanted”), brave enough to take a chance when it was afforded to me, and grateful enough to remember to leave doors open behind me as I walked through them. That’s my recipe for success: Take what the world is showing you, accept the help that is offered, and offer it back in return.
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.
Oh man. I day-jobbed as a concierge for years, this is a favorite question of mine. Given that we have all been shut-in for a year, this is actually a toughie, sadly I am not 100% sure what is out there these days. I’ll take a swing though.
Must See: Griffith Observatory, any beach (Point Dume is favorite), anything at Largo @ the Coronet, Grauman’s Chinese Theater (yes, it’s cheesy, but it’s also overwhelmingly cool), and a concert at the Hollywood Bowl, if it’s in season.
Must Eat: Too much. Guisados and Loteria for Mexican, Corner Cottage for breakfast burritos, Chengdu Taste and Din Tai Fung for Chinese, Burgers Never Say Die, DeSano Pizza, Kogi, Jitlada… my go to Korean restaurant didn’t survive the pandemic (RIP Beverly Soon Tofu), but there are 100 good one’s out there. Go nuts. Eat too much. Then eat more.
Must Drink: I haven’t been to a bar in it feels like 100 years. Always loved Mission Cantina for tequila, 7 Grand for whiskey, Tiki Ti for… well… tiki, and there is no better brewery in California than MacLeod’s in Van Nuys.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Gotta shoutout my VO mentors, Bill Holmes (the Voiceover Doctor) and Richard Horvitz, for teaching me to hang around for lunch whenever possible and to be determined in what I want. I also owe a ton of gratitude to Kal-El Bogdanove and Chris Faiella for countless opportunities and advice.
Tiffany Bennicke, Eliah Mountjoy, Bill Holmes, Darell Claunch