We had the good fortune of connecting with Omari Washington and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Omari, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I chose a creative career because I feel mentally free whenever I’m in my element. Ironically I found my purpose for life through acting. Growing up I had really bad anxiety and depression and didn’t know how to effectively communicate properly because of that. The only thing that relieved the negative energy I was experiencing at the time was being on stage or doing anything related to acting. The stage or being in front of the camera was my safe haven per say. Growing up I remember watching Denzel Washington in Glory and it moved me in such an emotional way that impacted my life forever. Ever since that day I wanted to be the one impacting people with my performances and that’s exactly what I did.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
As an actor what sets me apart from my competition is the amount of love,passion and preparation I put into each role and also being my complete self whenever I audition and perform because I know nobody can be me better than me. What I’m most proud of in my career would have to be when I booked a big role in 2018 for the show “Lethal Weapon” alongside Damon Wayans and Clayne Crawford. At that point I felt like I officially made it in the door of opportunity after booking that role. I feel like in 2018 casting directors took me serious the way I wanted because I booked 5 co-star roles that year and proved to them that I can hang in the big leagues. Before I ” made it” in the industry I struggled to reach success for several years. I heard at least 300 no’s before I got my big break and it was so discouraging at times,I even stopped acting a few times but I kept going and eventually came up with a new approach. I started producing my own content through my production company “L3 Productions”, which allowed me to take more ownership of my career vs waiting on a phone call for an opportunity and it also created more opportunities for myself and others as well. The lessons I learned on my journey are always trust yourself and your ability,keep moving forward on your journey no matter how many no’s you hear,don’t listen to anyone who tells you it’s impossible,put God first in everything you do and last but not least work your butt off. How can big studios refuse your work if your the best at what you do? What I want the world to know about me is that I overcame physical,verbal and mental abuse through my faith in God and also my love for acting. I also want people to know that ANYTHING is possible when you put your mind to it and do it. I would’ve never been in this position if I never stepped out of my comfort zone and stepped into my faith.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If my best friend was in town here are a few places I would take him. The first day I would take him to Mariela’s Tacos on 3rd for their delicious breakfast,then we would go to Malibu to see the beautiful coast then to the 3rd street Promenade in Santa Monica and eat dinner at Barney’s Beanery. On Tuesday we would explore the Hollywood stars,go see the Hollywood sign then go eat at Cabo Cantina for 2 for 1 happy hour specials and their Taco Tuesday all you can eat deal. They have unlimited tacos for like $11,which is a great deal and it’s budget friendly. They also have 2 for 1 drink specials,buy one get one free pretty much. It’s the best happy hour spot in the city in my opinion because of their specials. Wednesday we would go hiking at Elysian Park at sunrise for the breathtaking scenic overlook of the whole city then go to the Universal City Walk at night,there’s tons of restaurants and bars there. As far as the night life goes I would take my friend to Clifton’s on a Friday night in downtown LA,it’s free entry plus it has 3 different floors with different themes. One floor has like a 1920’s vibe,one floor has hip hop and the other floor varies depending on the night. On Saturday we would have brunch at Jack and Jill’s with a few mimosa’s then head to LA Live to checkout the Staple center, walk around downtown and finish the night off at 1 oak night club on Sunset.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to give a shoutout to my lovely girlfriend Malina “Bri” Garcia. She supported my dreams since day 1 of our relationship. I wouldn’t have made it this far in my career if it wasn’t for her. In 2010 she surprised me with a trip to Hollywood,Ca for my birthday,which inspired me to move to the west coast to take my acting career to the next level. Shortly after we moved to Los Angeles she picked up 2 jobs so I can stop working to focus all my attention on becoming the best in the actor world. I’m forever grateful for Malina because of the amount of love and support she sends my way on a daily basis. From my experience there’s a good amount of people in LA who don’t quite have that type of support, that’s why I make the best of every opportunity.