We had the good fortune of connecting with Orel De La Mota and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Orel, how do you think about risk?
“If you don’t jump your parachute will never open”. Risk taking is the only gateway to the other side. In the end we only regret the chances we didn’t take and for me, well… you miss 100% percent of the shots you never take. So my whole life has evolved over me taking chances on myself and I fueling my risk taking by defining my why behind all I do. If you don’t know your ‘why” you’ll never take risks. Coming to Hollywood all the way from Dominican Republic with nothing but a few dollars in my account and a big dream has by far been one of the biggest risks Ive ever taken.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My biggest assets are resourcefulness, Fast Learner, quick to action, and ability to change/quickly readjust. The ability to make quick adjustments within a scene has made me thrive in the TV/Film industry. Anyone can prepare a strong monologue or scene ONE way and stick to that and kill it in any audition. But to me true artistry comes from the ability to do that same scene a hundred different ways; then do we see real humans getting out of their way and allowing their bodies to be an improvised vehicle for the character to live through in the arc of any script. Greatness is never easy. If you set a high goal/dream for yourself, that most aren’t doing, then please KNOW that it wont be easy. There’s just no way around it. Hard work and consistency are main ingredients in any genre of success. Yes some may get a faster ride to success, but once they arrive there; the work only increases because with great success comes great responsibility. For me Ive always looked forward to challenges and never scared away from them. To me life crisis and challenges are what keep me growing, stretching and going further in every area of my life than I ever thought possible for myself. I am so obsessed with GROWTH that I’ve learned to live comfortable in the uncomfortable. Main lessons Ive learned are: “just stay in it…Its a marathon not a sprint” — “a little bit everyday adds up (The slight Edge Theory). I want to the world to remember that Ive been an underdog my whole life, and if I can do it, ANYONE can. I’m not special, I just specialize my mind. However, I personally have a lot more work to do in this world, but I know that before I die my blueprint will become an anchor for worldly human evolution. Last thing in regards to my acting career… Talent got me in the door. but CHARACTER has kept me in the room.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Things to do for a week: -Take him to observatory and Hollywood Sign Hike -Take him through Hollywood Walk of Fame & Dolby Theater – Take him to Venice & Santa Monica Beach & Malibu -Take him to eat at the Top LA known Taco Trucks -Take him to a few cool salsa clubs (El Floridita, La Descarga, Conga Room) -Take him to Pampas Brazilian Grill and SouPlantation Restaurant -Take him to a comedy show & Improv Show – Beach Workout -Hiking Malibu creek Park
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Shainu Bala- Television Actor