Proud Stories: Shravan Amin
Q: What kind of performance artist are you?
Q: When did you first know that you wanted to be a full-time artist?
Back in 2013, I had an audition for a small co-star role on House of Cards. It was probably my biggest audition to date, but unfortunately due to work, I couldn't make the audition. I was devastated but it kind of woke me up. If I wanted to do this professionally, I couldn't keep doing it "on the side" or after work for fun. I'd have to commit. That's when I went up to my boss and asked him, "So, I'd like to really pursue acting, can we work out some kind of part-time schedule?"
Q: How are you keeping yourself inspired to create during this unprecedented time?
I try to be open as much as possible to what's going on around me. Whether it's finding the humor in everyday things or the humanity in places and people we tend to look over, I try to observe stuff as much as possible. That alone is a jumping off point for my imagination, which could result in a joke, a short story, a sketch, a video idea, a Facebook or Instagram post, or just something that stays in my head.
Q: What is the biggest obstacle you’ve had to overcome as an artist and how did you overcome it?
Not knowing anything about the industry. I've had to learn as I go, making awkward mistakes here and there. You have to be creative in how you get information about things -- Reddit, online forums, Google searches, emailing random people in the industry, they're all great tools. There's something to be said about jumping into the fire and figuring it out as you go. I don’t know what that thing is that is said but there is certainly something there that is said about that.
Q: What are you most proud of in your career thus far?
I'm just generally proud of where I am. To think back to where I started and to where I am now, I couldn't have imagined I'd be here, having gone through so many ups and downs. I started in a bar, doing an improv show, not being able to get a word out because I was too scared. And here I am today auditioning for network shows. I remind myself of that whenever I'm down about something career-related (an audition I didn't book, a rejection, a less-than-ideal performance, etc).
Q: Is there anything you are working on now that can be shared and supported?
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