We had the good fortune of connecting with Yves Beneche and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Yves, do you have any habits that you feel contribute to your effectiveness?
Habits that I feel helped me succeed were self care. Working in such a competitive industry like Hollywood, you can get burnt out and crash hard quite easily. In order to keep myself balanced and to prevent burn out and anxiety, there are a few self care practices that I do either daily or a few times a week. The first, and biggest one, is staying active. I try to workout and do yoga 4-5 days a week. It helps me to release stress and anxiety. The next one is kind of contradictory to working out but making sure I treat myself to a good meal a few times a week (and trying to keep it healthy!) There’s nothing like a good, comforting meal to make you feel better.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
This might sound cliche, but I got to where I am through hard work and never giving up. I’m a writer/director. I moved to LA 6 years ago to get my MFA from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. Since graduating, I’ve worked as an assistant on a variety of TV shows such as Blackish, Grownish, Bob Hearts Abishola, and most recently Queen Sugar. It wasn’t easy at all, mostly because the competition in this town can cause a lot of self doubt at times. And this is where never giving up comes into the equation. Some days are harder than others. But I have to wake up and keep going.
My story is simple yet unique. I started as a child actor growing up in New York. I had roles in National Treasure, Law and Order, TV commercials, and daytime soap operas. In the early 2000s, it seemed that a lot of roles available to young Black actors perpetuated negative stereotypes of Black people. I grew frustrated with my auditions and it helped me realize that my true calling was to be behind the camera, telling nuanced Black stories within the world we live in. So, I decided not to renew my contract with my talent agents, and I’ve been pursuing my career in TV ever since.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I love this question! I’ve had quite a few friends from the east coast come visit me, and I’ve tried to show them a great time. I would bring them to going hiking up to the Hollywood sign, either the Bronson Caves Hike or Runyon Canyon. I would also show them some of the finest beaches California has to offer. If they’re looking for a scene, I would bring them to Santa Monica or Venice Beach. If they’re looking for something a little quieter, I would bring them up to Zuma Beach in Malibu.
As I’ve mentioned, I love to eat. I would bring them to some of my favorite places in my Hollywood neighborhood. The Belmont, Birds, and Bludsoes are some places I could think off the top of my head for Happy Hour and a delicious meal. I’d also bring them down to South LA for some culture and more food! Dulan’s Soulfood and Ackee Bamboo Jamaican food will never disappoint!
Since they’re here for a week, I would maybe show take a quick drive up to Santa Barbara, or a quick drive down to San Diego. What I love about LA is that it’s close to so many other great, California cities with their own vibes and culture. 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?
I’d like to dedicate my shoutout to my fiancee. She’s been very supportive and encouraging throughout my career as a Writer.