Self-worth is perhaps one of the most important in my list of five. Why? Well you are going to a competitive industry, and you will have to be confident in what you are doing. Some people will not like it, some will question it, other will, and others will say they will help you make it better. In the end you must remember is that it is you who is creating these opportunities. Make most of the opportunities and show what you are capable off. All preparations and hard work must come out when called, and you have to believe. If you don’t believe in yourself, then you are simply wasting your time.
I had the pleasure to interview actress Corrina Ramos. Corrina is an Air Force Veteran and served for seven years as a Technical Sergeant.
Thank you so much for joining us Corrina. Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
What drove me to this career path was the ability to reach out to people by immersing myself to different roles. By playing someone else, I would be able either to relate a message or experience. Sometimes placing one in character eases the ability to understand someone or experience, hence being able to relate that to someone else.
Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started this career?
The most interesting story was meeting new people that have spend many years in the industry and that become almost mentors why you take on a role. Everyone simply thinks its memorizing lines and pretend, but it is so much more. It is about taking roles seriously, and you making that role for however large or small it maybe.
Can you share the funniest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?
Funniest story would be when being unable to deliver a line all the way. By that I mean either not being able to remember the line or keep pronouncing a word wrong. What I learned from this experience is mistakes come from the simplest of things
What are the most interesting or exciting projects you are working on now?
You just have to wait and see =)
Who are some of the most interesting people you have interacted with? What was that like? Do you have stories?
I have worked with Gregory Ber, Adrian Latourelle, and Christopher Bayes. They have been both teachers and I have worked with them. Learning from them, given their years as stage actors, and working in other stage projects, helped me understand more of the industry. I learned what it takes to make it, how to interact and place oneself in the role, and always deliver the best of my abilities. So given their experience on and off stage, I knew I would have to bring the best in whatever task I was assigned. That is the way of this industry so I should not expect any less.
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?
To succeed in this industry, you must bring yourself into the role. Yes the role is meant to portray a certain character, with certain characteristics, but it must become you at the end of the day. Also it is best to study previous role that share similar traits to the role you are about to undertake, even read books that have character that portray that role as well.
As far as not burning yourself out. Try not to stress yourself out in memorizing lines or scenes. That will come soon enough. Take one thing at a time and breath, the rest will come. You already have the role, now you just have to deliver.
When you get a break, take it. Breath in and meditate if possible. Sleep also works well. Then on your days off, do not think of the job, just relax and have some fun.
You are a great person of great influence. If you could start a movement that you would bring the most of good to most amount of people, what would that be?
I honestly would start a movement that help underprivileged kids get a great education outside their school system. For too long we hear that kids do not get enough education, something is always missing. So start after school programs to help tutor kids and get them into activities. Reaching inner city schools would be a great way to start. I will also start a podcast and post videos that would spread the message to social media.
Can you please tell us your “Five things I wish someone told me when I first started acting”?
- The first would be cost. To become an actress, one would have to go to either New York or California. Not the cheapest places to live, but in your mindset, you have to make it worth to achieve your goal. Also, it cannot be considered your day job since you are trying to make a name for yourself. This means getting a regular job until you build yourself. Acting Classes? Yeah also necessary to work on your craft, and not cheap. So, relocation cost and school are at a high cost.
- Time also an important issue. Like I said you just moved into a new town trying to make into a hard industry. You need to make time to find roles, try out, a job that helps you pay for the bills and food. All these things must be managed. Social life, well that is kept into a minimum. If you start getting roles, then work there. Then work your paying job, then learning with other people. Then somewhere in all that, find time to sleep and recover. Yeah wished people would tell me and easy way to make a schedule that would make things maybe a little easier.
- Self-worth is perhaps one of the most important in my list of five. Why? Well you are going to a competitive industry, and you will have to be confident in what you are doing. Some people will not like it, some will question it, other will, and others will say they will help you make it better. In the end you must remember is that it is you who is creating these opportunities. Make most of the opportunities and show what you are capable off. All preparations and hard work must come out when called, and you have to believe. If you don’t believe in yourself, then you are simply wasting your time.
- What is your plan? Everyone must have a plan. Dreams are not just things you wake up one morning and go for it. The dream is the foundation, but how do we build from there. What steps must I take? Unfortunately, I learned that until I got there. Wish someone would have told me dreams and ambitions involve more than the decision to do it.
- Finally, what everyone needs, a support center. You cannot do this on your own, and you do not want to feel all alone. I already described how hard it is at first and trust me you will need support from anyone. From loved ones to coworkers. A support group is definitely needed, it will help you get through whatever struggle you will face.
Can you share your favorite “life lesson quote?” Share how that was relevant to you in your life?
Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. (Winston Churchill)
The reason why this quote means so much in life is because it explains life itself. Once you reach success, it does not mean you become comfortable, you always have to reach the next level for as long as you can. When you fail at something or going through hell like Churchill says, you keep going. Hence why failure is not fatal. It is a life lesson, take what you learned, and move on. Life is always a battle and you keep fighting, and never surrender.
None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a person who you are grateful towards who helped to get you to where you are? Can you share that story about that?
It really cannot come down to one single person at this time. At this time, I would have to thank my support group and those who have been with me along this journey. Anyone from my teachers to mentors. Not only have they told me I can do it, but also give me the courage to continue.
Is there a person in the world, or in the US you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch with, and why?
If I were to have a private breakfast or lunch, it would have to be Les Brown. Reading several books and how to be successful and what it takes to achieve success, I believe having a one on one, explain where I am at, and where I want to go, Les Brown can provide a small insight as to how I would do that. When given such opportunities, it is best to meet with people that can provide you with a positive influence in your life. Yeah you can meet with your favorite actress, actor, sports hero, and so on, but what will make you better. That is always the question. So it is best to meet someone that can give you some wisdom and give you tips and advice on how to move forward.
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