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Rising Star Olivia Larsen: “If you stay hungry and you keep digging deeper and striving to improve your craft, you’ll never burn out”

The best thing about this industry is: YOU CAN NEVER STOP LEARNING. If you stay hungry and you keep digging deeper and striving to improve your craft, you’ll never “burn out”. As a part of my interview series with popular culture stars, I had the pleasure of interviewing Olivia Larsen. Olivia is an upcoming actress from […]

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The best thing about this industry is: YOU CAN NEVER STOP LEARNING. If you stay hungry and you keep digging deeper and striving to improve your craft, you’ll never “burn out”.


As a part of my interview series with popular culture stars, I had the pleasure of interviewing Olivia Larsen. Olivia is an upcoming actress from Boston, MA. She is a graduate of the American Musical & Dramatic Academy in NYC. Olivia can be seen in the award winning film, Ghost in the Graveyard, written & directed by Charlie Comparetto- premiering November 5th.


Thank you so much for joining us Olivia! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?

For as long as I can remember I wanted to be in the movies or tv shows I grew up watching. I would stand in the mirror every night and say, “I’m Olivia Larsen and you’re watching Disney Channel.

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started this career?

I was next in line to play Wonder Woman on a touring production in the middle east. It was such an incredible opportunity I couldn’t believe it. They ended up going with someone else at the last minute (which wasn’t easy for me, but that’s the business). That’s one of the most exciting things about this career- your life can change completely over night depending on what your next job is.

Can you share a story about the funniest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?

I decided it would be a great idea to dye my hair bright pink while I was in California for my brother’s wedding. This was shortly after an audition for a new commercial. I got an email while I was away that I had a call back scheduled for when I returned. My pink hair was supposed to wash out in 2 weeks but it was still VERY bright when I got back for my audition. I tried to hide it in a bun but the auditioner must’ve seen it and asked me to take my hair down. I figured it was all over at that point- no way would they want me now, I didn’t look like the girl at the first audition. BUT, surprise surprise, I booked it! If my agents are reading this, I’m sorry I didn’t tell you.. Lol. I’d say I learned sometimes taking a risk is worth it, but maybe consult my agents first next time.

What are some of the most interesting or exciting projects you are working on now?

My first big feature film- Ghost in the Graveyard, is coming out November 5th on demand and on dvd and available to stream in December!! This has been a very exciting project that has been close to my heart since I filmed my audition tape. It’s been so exciting to watch everything come together. I’ve been getting some opportunities to audition for some really big tv shows lately so that’s my next goal.

Who are some of the most interesting people you have interacted with? What was that like? Do you have any stories?

One of my favorite acting teachers from my time at The American Musical & Dramatic Academy, Ray Virta, is by far one of the most interesting people I have had the opportunity to interact with. He absolutely terrified me the first few weeks of class but taught me to bare my soul in the most truthful way.

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?

The best thing about this industry is: YOU CAN NEVER STOP LEARNING. If you stay hungry and you keep digging deeper and striving to improve your craft, you’ll never “burn out”.

You are a person of great influence. If you could start a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. 🙂

I would like to encourage people to take simple steps to save our planet. Recycle, choose more plant based options, shop in thrift stores, do whatever you can!

What are your “5 things I wish someone told me when I first started” and why. Please share a story or example for each.

I was fortunate enough to go to a conservatory where I was told everything I could possibly need to know as an actor just starting in the industry. So, the 5 most important things I learned:

  1. You shouldn’t have to pay for anything other than classes and some really good headshots.
  2. Don’t stress about getting a manager or agent, when you’re ready things will fall into place.
  3. Rejection isn’t personal. Often times when you don’t get the part it’s simply because they had something else in mind, it doesn’t mean you aren’t talented.
  4. Connect with as many other artists as you can- surrounding yourself with like minded people is inspiring!
  5. Never stop working on yourself.

Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share how that was relevant to you in your life?

“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!” -Audrey Hepburn

This quote is a reminder that you really can do whatever you set your mind to, don’t let fears or insecurities make you think otherwise.

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story about that?

My mom and dad are the biggest supporters in my life and I would not be where I am if it wasn’t for their help and encouragement along the way. They knew nothing about this business when I decided I wanted to start acting. I would tell them where I needed to go and they would trust me and help me do whatever it took to get there.

They went to every performance of every play I was ever in, sat in the woods for hours in the middle of the night while I filmed my first horror movie in high school, held light reflectors on a rocking boat while I posed for a photo shoot, and helped me move to New York City to attend acting school and take my dreams to the next level.

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