Christina Igaraividez is an actor, planner and buyer. She came to New York City for an advertising job. This week on Sam’s Dream Blog, Christina shares about her acting aspirations.
Sam's Dream Blog: What’s your dream for your acting?
Christina Igaraividez: My dream is to one day have a large enough audience where I can share my experiences through a self-created project, whether it be through theater, film or digital media.
SDB: When did you think about becoming an actor?
Christina Igaraividez: I always knew I wanted to perform but I actually never had the guts to really do it until after I graduated from college. I'm what we call a "late bloomer" in the biz.
SDB: How have you developed as an actor?
Christina Igaraividez: I got very accustomed to group and ensemble based work, but when I moved here I had to rely a lot more on learning, creating and doing things on my own and at an accelerated speed to keep up.
SDB: What have been the biggest obstacles or challenges to realizing your dream?
Christina Igaraividez: The challenges have been in staying focused and setting real goals. The only way to learn is to keep moving, ask questions, try and fail and try again, as well as staying hungry.
SDB: What’s it like being an actor in perhaps the best city in the world?
Christina Igaraividez: It’s tough. Everything you hear is most likely true. There are so many amazing and talented people here. At the same time, I have found more support here than I expected.
Sometimes all you need is a handful of people who believe in you to keep your spirits high.
SDB: What advice do you have for others in pursuit of their dreams?
Christina Igaraividez: I always keep a key phrase in my head a mentor told me: "Do good work and people will notice." If you keep your main priority to churn out the best work that you possibly can, then you are going in the right direction. The acting experience is a very personal journey and unlike any other job or career. Everyone's path is different, and there is no ladder to climb that will ensure your success.
SDB: Where do you get your inspiration? How do you keep it fresh?
Christina Igaraividez: I get inspired every time I see a performance, whether it’s on TV, on the street, on stage or a coworker in the cube next to me who came up with an ingenious pun. You stay fresh by keeping up with current trends and events but also by staying true to yourself and knowing your strengths.