Electric City: An Actor's Journey

A Behind the scenes look through the actor's eyes

Part 2

Week 4: Do The Right Thing

“Sometimes—in life—wrong turns are necessary to discover the right road.”

-Danny Bader

When I enlisted into the Navy, I had never been more nervous in my life, but something in my gut told me that it was the right thing to do. After disobeying my mothers wishes and signing my life away for the next four years, I kept finding myself regretting my stupid decision and wishing I had taken a different path in life. Both terrifying and exhilarating, at times very challenging, and sometimes just usual routine, those four years were filled with experiences that I would never give back. After being honorably discharged and getting accepted into performing arts school, the regrets were gone.

The sun set along the horizon of the water as I drove up the pacific coast highway from San Diego to Los Angeles. My mind raced with mixed emotions of excitement for the journey to come, doubt that it was the right thing to do, and the bitter sweet feeling of all I had taken from my time in the military.

Day one of performing arts school, I remember wondering if I was making the right decision. It wasn't until my teacher asked the class to give our background stories, that I had realized I had been taking steps to make my dream a reality all along.

My first semester, I struggled with so badly wanting to do the right thing that I wasn't allowing myself to push the limits and try what may not work. David Robinette, a teacher I had at the time, who has had one the biggest impacts in my self exploration, pushed me to those limits and taught me not to be"safe" in my actions. To allow there is no right and wrong if you are being truthful in the moment. And that sometimes you have to try out the wrong to figure out the right way.

This past weekend during an interview on NiteLine Radio, my director Nick DeRuve announced the news that L.A. Laker, Metta World Peace has officially been attached to Electric City as an Executive Producer.

Now I think back to the day I flew to New York in May. With no idea if it was the right thing to do or not, I knew that it was a step in the right direction. Do I want to stay in California and continue my run of no callbacks from agents and managers, or do I want to take advantage of this opportunity to do what I love everyday? The question was a no-brainer. Whether this film was to be shot on a handheld camera or 70mm, whether it had a cast of unknowns or all A-list celebrities, my mind was made up. It wasn’t a choice of what was right or wrong, it was ultimately a simple choice of taking action.

Life is unpredictable. Nothing can ready us for what is to come tomorrow, because in the blink of an eye your whole world could change. Like with acting, for every action there is a reaction. If we spend our whole lives wondering if we are right in our actions, we may just miss out on the opportunity to actually do the right thing.


I hope everyone had a Happy Easter. Thank you to each and every one of you who follow this blog and continue to support the Electric City team. Good news in the week to come!


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