SPOTLIGHT ON BEST PERFORMERS: CHRISTIAN GALLEGOS
STARCAST: How long have you been acting, and what inspired you to become an actor?
CHRISTIAN: I’ve been acting for about 3 years now. I got inspired to be an actor after seeing my high school’s theater arts teacher perform in a play.
STARCAST: How did you prepare for your StarCast scene? What informed your performance?
CHRISTIAN: I was on set filming a feature film and right after we wrapped up I looked at the time and remembered that 11:59pm was deadline for submission, it was 11:05pm!! So I got on my phone, picked my script, memorized it and asked a crew member for his laptop to film my audition, guy was nice enough to say yes so I thank him for that. So I ran straight to an empty room and it was on!
STARCAST: What kind of acting gigs have you had thus far, if any?
CHRISTIAN: I’ve done many 48Hr Film Races, web series and student films. I booked my first lead role in a feature film last year in May, I played ‘Ace’, a manipulative, arrogant guy whose plans put his friends lives in jeopardy in the film ‘Border Break’. It’s been crazy with this film, I’ve done about 4 interviews on it. I was even on tv for local Fox News. I booked 2 other feature films in the past 3 months, one is ‘Dreamer’ A True American Story and ‘A Broken Hart’.
STARCAST: We know you’ve fantasized about an awards acceptance speech. How does the opening line go?
CHRISTIAN: ”First, I would like to thank God because without him none of this would be possible” then I’d start stuttering and probably burst into tears from all the excitement.
STARCAST: Have you had any notable successes or setbacks you think other actors could learn from?
CHRISTIAN: Maybe just a little success from a film I was in after being on the news and was just screened a few weeks ago. Still working hard and not taking anything for granted.
STARCAST: Have you had any acting training, and can you speak a little bit to the importance of drama programs or acting classes?
CHRISTIAN: The only training I’ve ever had was in high school theater arts. I know I need some work to sharpen up my skills…. Too many people think that acting is easy. Just like any art form, acting is a craft and must be mastered. Take acting classes, watch other actors and take the time to hone your craft. There are a number of top tier actors who make a point of working with acting coaches to be sure they remain at the top of their game. You can never know too much. Acting classes can also help you to network with other actors.
STARCAST: What are your favorite actors’ services and resources?
CHRISTIAN: There are many out there but I don’t think I’ve seen one that can top Starcast Auditions.
STARCAST: What’s your dream role, and do you have a favorite actor or actress?
CHRISTIAN: My dream role is to play a greaser in a film based in the 1950’s. I have 3 favorite actors: Shia Labeouf, Nicolas Cage and Johnny Depp.
STARCAST: What are your short term acting goals?
CHRISTIAN: To get discovered and move on to the next big step of my career.
STARCAST: The biz can be tough. What motivates you to keep at it?
CHRISTIAN: My inner voice and faith. I love watching behind the scenes footage and for some reason that always get me motivated.
STARCAST: Do you have any special or funny skills we should know about?
CHRISTIAN: I can do a water drop sound with my mouth. I remember the time I did it in class during testing and my teacher caught me and said “be sure to add that to your resume under special skills” So I did.
STARCAST: Do you have any audition tips for your fellow actors out there?
CHRISTIAN: Make sure you know what you’re auditioning for, once you know that and you get your sides or script memorize your lines, take a few deep breaths and get ready for your it, remember to have fun with it. Try not to rush your words and make sure you move a little while reading or doing a monologue. But most importantly, Be On Time!
STARCAST: Do you have a website, YouTube channel or reel you would like us to post? And do you have a Twitter or other social media handle where you would like people to follow you?
I sure do!