LOS ANGELES, CA-In continuing the series of 'Living a Life of Purpose', the next individual is highlighted as the final actor to be featured. He, like several others in Los Angeles, moved to the City to live and go after his dreams. Throughout his interview, he gives readers a glimpse of the struggle and how he is making it in Hollywood. This young man is a prime example of what 'Just doing it' (going after your dreams) looks like. With further due, I introduce to some and re-introduce to others, Idriis Mandala-Lupe.
Idriis Manadala-Lupe, 25, is an actor from Philadelphia (now relocated to Los Angeles). He emerged into acting after taking an acting class (Acting for Non-Majors) at Temple University during a summer session. Since then he decided to take his acting to the next level. Manadala-Lupe has also studied with Mike Lemon (Philadelphia, PA), John Palotta (New York, NY), and most recently at the AIA Studios (Burbank, CA).
"I always loved film, but I never took an actual acting class besides theater in high school," Mandala-Lupe said. "I took Acting for Non-Majors at Temple University, and I went for it."
How did you know your purpose and passion was in acting?
I always been a person that enjoyed challenges, and I felt acting was that challenge. There is always something new and different that you can explore. And you get to meet people. I always felt like I didn't want to be that person who wakes up every day and does the same exact routine. So I fell for it, I fell for acting, and caught the acting bug (laughs).
What has been your most memorable moment so far?
Doing 'Off Broadway: New York', that was during the summer of 2011.
Moving to L.A. and joining the Screen Actors Guild (SAG).
Just being on set period, even just submitting to roles. That's part of my highlights of my acting career. Every day that I wake up I feel that I'm one step closer to my goal.
What's your advice to those who want to pursue acting as a career, but don't know what path to take?
Before you make that leap, do the research. There are a lot of people who wake up and say that they want to be an actor, dancer or model, and just like any other job, it takes training. You can't just wake up and become one. Take classes and do the research.
The most important step is to have a plan. Plan it out, do the research, take classes and go for it; and commit. Many people say that they want to be an actor and then when it doesn't work out, they quit. You need to make sure that this is something that you want to do for the rest of your life. So commit. It's a job, it's a career, it's a path, it's a journey.
Would you recommend that people hold a steady job while on the pursuit of building their acting career?
I think that what I found on my journey is that having multiple streams of income is always good. For me, I've had times where I lost my job because I went out to an audition or I was on set, so I think that when it comes your income you need to have a plan b, plan c, and a plan d. So, yes have a part-time job, work overnight, work as a waiter, do promotions on the side. Have multiple streams of income so that if you need to run out to an audition, you can do that and not have to worry about how to pay the bills next month.
What is your advice to the who choose to stay stagnant and come up with excuses to why they can't do something (i.e. not have a car)?
My advice to them is that where ever there is a will, there is a way. I don't have a car and I've been in L.A. for two years now, and not once have I made an excuse to why I'm not on set or why I'm not at an audition.
There's Google Maps, Metro, the Red Line, the Blue Line and the Orange Line. What I have found in this town is that there's always someone to carpool with.
What is your advice to those that want to do something, but then change their minds based on other people's opinions?
I think that it is important to have that foundation of people who understand and respect your passion. They may not know everything, but it's important that they respect what you do.
You need structure and people that will support you because you're going to get a lot of rejection.
Any additional comments?
This goes for acting, and for life in general, before you embark on this journey, aside from doing your research, you need to really know who you are as a person. Too many people get caught up and get lost, or they get turned out and take a whole different path. The journey of knowing oneself needs to happen before making that commitment to your career.