Brian Larios is a talented actor who’s been booked in top billion dollar campaigns in ESPN, SUPERBOWL and even GOOGLE. He has a love for comedy and has recently started his own web series called Pen Pal! Brian is also the co founder of 3d1sproductions! He’s got many things in the works and a lot to say. ‘Don’t wait for other’s permission to do what you love’ – BRIAN LARIOS
Read below our exclusive interview with Actor Brian Larios:
Q: Where are you originally from and where are you located now on the map?
Brian L – A: I’ve heard people call us “unicorns” because there are very few LA natives that pursue a career in the arts. Which sounds like an oxymoron. I was born in Van Nuys, CA. But I’ve lived most of my adult life in a small town, just outside LA called: Monrovia, and don’t worry, you are not the only one that’s never heard of this place, so I’ll help you out. It is near Pasadena, where the show ‘Big Bang Theory’ is set in.
Q: Brian you’ve booked campaigns with billion-dollar companies that Hollywood’s A-Listers are exclusively featured on such as ESPN, SUPERBOWL, and Google! How did you get started in the film industry and what motivates you and inspires you to be the best at your profession? Do you have a top 3 favorite actors, filmmakers, or directors that you want to work within the business?
Brian L – A: The older I get, the more I begin to understand why this industry is not for everyone. It requires a lot of hard work, dedication, sacrifice, but most importantly, time. You must iterate the same actions over and over again until you slowly start getting better. You train, you show up, you get rejected, and you repeat. Every time you go through this cycle, you learn something along the way, you change your perspective, you approach things slightly different, you have more fun, and then one day, you book it! And you think to yourself: “Wow, I made it”. Now I get to relax, right? – Well, let me tell you, now you have to worry about being on set and making sure you deliver in the fast-paced world of commercials. I’m not saying this to discourage you, but rather to give you an honest view of the entertainment world, because although there is tons of rejection and frustrations, it is also the only job in the world that lets you play for a living.
I got my “start” on a showcase called ‘iPop’, it is a company that brings new and aspiring artists together for a night to showcase your abilities/talents in front of agents and managers, with the hope of finding representation. During this event, I met amazing artists, some of which I’m thankful to call my friends after almost five years now. It is here I found my agent/manager German Morales from MGMT Artists, and who has helped me find the auditions that ultimately led to me booking ESPN and Google. I’d like to share a piece of advice, especially if you are thinking about pursuing acting. Don’t wait for the “perfect” time, don’t wait until you have all the money you need to go to the best acting class, or to move to LA. DON’T WAIT! Pick up a camera, any camera, and start filming, learn to tell stories, learn to make things while you are getting ready for everything else. Don’t wait for other’s permission to do what you love. In my humble opinion, that is the way to tell if this is the industry for you.
If you do this regardless of what people think, regardless of the amount of cash you have, regardless of how tired you might be, that’s a good indicator that you’ll make it far, because just like everything else worth pursuing, it requires passion and unconditional love for the craft. Now to answer the question, my favorite actors right now are Jude Law and Octavia Spencer, and I would personally love to work with the Coen Brothers at some point in my career, and at any capacity, even as a PA. I’ve seen all their films, The Big Lebowski is still one of my favorites.
Q: As an actor what would you say is your fav genre in roles you play( Drama, Comedy, Action, a little bit of all)?
Brian L – A: This is a really tough question for me. I don’t know if I have a favorite genre if I am being honest. I guess naturally people cast me in Comedy, and I enjoy that, I love making people laugh, especially during difficult moments.
A lot of the projects I produce gravitate more towards Drama and Sci-fi, and I’ve started to experiment a bit with Horror and Suspense. I think Action is probably my least favorite, I just find them a bit cheesy, and unrelatable. Hardcore action fans out there will hate me for this, but I got to be honest. Besides, this is just my perspective so who cares, you continue to enjoy your gunshots and explosions, no judgment here.
Q: You have a new web series called Pen Pal! How did you start the web series and what is it about? Also, what are some other projects you’ve just wrapped up or that you’re currently working on now?
Brian L – A: It’s funny because Pen Pal, started as a way to keep my creative juices flowing, in a time when the world had stopped. It was early March, around my birthday, when the Pandemic was in full swing around the world, and there wasn’t much to do. I’ve always had a hard time staying still and doing nothing. It’s probably not a great attribute sometimes, but on certain occasions, it can be quite beneficial. Just like everyone else, I was trapped in my house, I had gathered film equipment over the years, and I just couldn’t let them collect dust. I knew I was going to have limited access to locations, and of course other collaborators, so I focused on a story about one character, and it all takes place mainly in my apartment, and around my neighborhood. It is the story about an asexual man, who is trying to navigate life, and who just like everyone else is looking for someone to share his journey with. He comes across a mysterious friend, who connects with him through these written messages on paper planes, hence the title ‘Pen Pal’. Some of the themes that I explore in the show are sexuality, or lack thereof, friendship, morality, drug abuse, among others. The format is a bit unique, in the sense that every episode is only one minute in length. I did this purposely because I needed to be able to do everything on my own, without spending ten years making it. I wrote the story, shot it, edit it, did sound, and the marketing for it. I am very lucky because some of my friends were super kind and were acting as my sounding board, to pitch concepts and ideas, and help me get a clearer vision of the show.
Six episodes are out today, there will be a total of ten. I am hoping to release the finale by the end of 2020 (if we all make it through this year).
You can find it here:
I am also currently developing a radio show called “My real imaginary friend”. Tagline: What if your imaginary friend…never left?
It is a metaphor about what it means to become a grownup and how the rituals or customs from the past have affected the way we live life today. It is a comedy with heart and a message that hopefully will resonate with my generation globally, as it deals with everyday life, and the choices we make, because it is the “right thing to do”, and how sometimes they can leave us joyless and confused.
Q: Can you share with us something people may not know about you? Any hobbies or other secret talents you have and or like to do in your spare time aside from acting?
Brian L – A: I am afraid of dogs, most people who are close to me know this already, but I’ve always been afraid of them. No, I haven’t been bitten by a dog, ever. But I have a theory that in a previous life I was eaten by one, maybe a chihuahua, those little guys are mean. I enjoy photography, painting, and drawing. If I am not writing, I’m learning photoshop or VFX. I guess I’m a bit of a nerd, but nerds are the cool kids of the future.
Q: What are your official social sites on the web we can follow?
Brian L – A: I am most active on Instagram: @itsbrianlarios
My website, where you can keep up to date on all my projects: www.brianlarios.comActing Reel: https://vimeo.com/user45021568 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
I recently stopped using Facebook, but I started my youtube channel: ItsBrianLarios, where you can find Pen Pal, as well as Phrases with Brian, a show similar to “Drunk History” but with zero budget, where I interview talented individuals about the origin of idioms and how they came to be. And more content soon.