Reaching success in the acting world requires passion and determination which Alberto Lacayo Zarate is very familiar with. Here is what he had to share with the readers.
Please introduce yourself to the readers:
Hello, my name is Alberto, I was born in Puebla, México. Some years ago, I started developing interest in human behavior and became curious in knowing and speculating about the reasons and experiences that make people be the way they are. Alongside my deep interest in philosophy and having splendid feelings while being on stage, I have decided to dedicate my life to understand a little bit more about people's own ‘universe' by putting myself in their place, even if that person came from the imagination, as a consequence of tangible experiences, of a real person; I have decided to become an actor.
How and when did you first get into performing?
I was told that when I was a kid I always enjoyed dancing at different events. It actually was when I was three years old that my aunt, who is a professional singer, invited me to join her on stage and I danced right next to her while she was singing.
Who were some of your biggest inspirations?
Definitely Magdalena Zárate, not just a talented singer but an exquisite performer. Acting wise, I remember watching one hour dramas when I was younger, and noticed how fascinated I was with the idea that the evil person in the story wasn't like that in real life. As far as I can remember, one of the first films that made me feel concerned about the person I was watching on screen, was when I was in my first years of secondary school (equivalent to 8th or 9th grade), and I saw ‘I am Sam' with the courageous and fearless Sean Penn. I also remember watching The Touching and the mesmerizing and non-realistic performance Marion Cotillard gave in ‘La Vie en Rose' when I was in high school.
What kind have training have you done?
I have studied the Stanislavski's system (of course), method acting, Checov and the Meisner technique.
What has been your favorite production to be part of so far and why?
I don't know, this is a hard question. One that comes to my mind, was working on ‘MIRA: Protocol' directed by a good friend of mine. The experience of being on set not just as an actor but as the script supervisor and being part of the crew was fascinating. Facing several difficulties was part of everyday shoots and overcoming them was not a matter of choice.
What projects do you have coming up?
Right now I'm developing with some friends an original webseries. We are still working on the script, I'm going to be acting in it, but right now I'm focused on the writing and production side of it.
What would be your ideal project and why?
My ideal project... I guess it comes down to liking the character I'm going to portray, not just the character, but most aspects that shape the story. And of course, I think it's important to work with people who are passionate in what they are doing and willing to put that extra effort that makes a difference- And I'm talking about the whole team.
What are your plans for the future?
Aside from completing the webseries I mentioned before, I'm independently working on a TV series idea I had when I was in school, but this one is going to take a little while to make it happen. That's why I'm molding this project to the best that my abilities allow me to.
What is your advice to aspiring performers?
Well some of the best advice I've heard and want to share is to don't give up; if you are on this road, it better be for the long run, don't expect to get to the final line when you've only taken the first steps. Also, if you are really passionate about what you are doing, well being passionate about something requires: dedication, sacrifice, truth and being the best version of yourself.