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Meet Nick Avila

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nick Avila.  

Hi Nick, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start, maybe you can share some of your backstories with our readers?
I found acting around the age of 16 but always knew that I had a deep interest in art and creativity. After getting hurt playing basketball and feeling lost I gave it a shot. I did theater and, at 18, started doing short films in the San Diego area. At 20 I moved to LA and have been there the last 5 years. I audition frequently and just finished my first feature film, “Miracle at Manchester.” I starred alongside Dean Cain, Daniel Roebuck, and Eddie McClintock. They were all great to work with, and I have been fortunate to have Eddie spend some time with me and share some wisdom. 

We all face challenges, but looking back, would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
It’s a very competitive industry – maybe the most competitive of any. If you don’t truly have a passion and love for the art, it can knock you down quickly. I have yet to land the “breakthrough” role but have come very close on a few major films and shows. I’ve had a couple of those “heartbreak” letdowns people talk about regarding their early days with things being canceled or not getting hired because another actor may be based out of the city where filming is taking place. You just keep pushing and stay ready for that moment. Taking a look at the bigger picture is crucial. I am lucky to be in a position where I can really chase this and try to make a career out of the art that I love. You have to learn to love the process of it. 

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I enjoy playing big characters. I try and play people who I am very different from. I find the biggest escape for me as an artist comes when I have transformed myself into someone else and really lose myself in it. I would say the film I was able to do this the most in up to this point was “Stained by Dreams.” 

What has been the most important lesson you’ve learned along your journey?
There are so many important lessons that I’ve learned up to this point. One that really sticks out is to let go of the misses. To compare it to sports, the best shooters in basketball forget their missed shots as soon as they miss. They come back and shoot again with a fresh perspective. If you carry that miss, you’re in your head and setting yourself up with a bigger chance at missing the next or not taking the shot at all. This is similar to the rejection an artist may face. As soon as an audition is over, you just have to let go. When I first started auditioning, this was really hard to grasp. Every role felt like “the one,” and not getting it felt like I had blown it. Now I realize that there are so many opportunities, and I just have to keep going in and performing as best I can. Keep shooting. 

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