We had the good fortune of connecting with Arischa Conner and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Arischa, how do you think about risk?
I believe that risks are necessary in everyone’s life. If you believe that you have the talent to do something that others may or may not believe in, you have to believe enough in yourself, your ability and your work ethic and know that you can be successful. But remember, faith without works is dead. You have got to work hard to achieve your goal, there is no way around that. I decided that I wanted to pursue my dream of being a full time working actor. I did not want to look back over my life and wonder if I could have, or should have taken that risk. So I made a promise to myself that before I turned 50, I would take the risk, and go after my dreams. I worked hard, and I am glad to say that after 2 years and some months later, I am living my dream. I have worked with some of the best in the business (of acting), and I know that there is more to come. Take the risk. You will never know if you can be successful and reach your goals and dreams unless you decide to take the risk.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a professional working actor and an audiobook narrator. Previously, I worked in education for a little over 20 years. I think what sets me apart is my willingness to be vulnerable and my perseverance. Two of my favorite actors are Samuel L. Jackson and Michael Keaton. I have had the opportunity to work with both of them, and I am very proud of that. I am excited about what the future holds for my career. I would love for people to know that a no doesn’t mean that you should stop, it just means to continue to work hard until you get the yes you desire, or create your own yes! Our stories matter! Regarding challenges, the road I have chosen hasn’t always been a smooth one for me. Not at all. It was actually kind of hard. In the beginning of my acting journey, I got a lot of nos. I started to think that maybe I was too old, my time had passed or maybe I didn’t have those Hollywood looks that casting was looking for. There was a time when I was so down on myself I wanted to quit. Also, I was teaching full time and I couldn’t always do my auditions, so that was a struggle. I really had a shift in my mindset when I met one of my acting coaches, Christine Horn. Working with Christine and working toward changing my mindset was a real game-changer for me. One of the biggest lessons that I have learned from all this is that I am enough. You are enough. Your uniqueness will lead you to your greatness. My brand is just me being uniquely me. Be yourself, and always remember to be kind.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I am such a home body! I would get some take out from That Burger Spot, pick up some ice cream from Paleteria y Neveria La Feria de Michoacan, the Mango Smoothie is my absolute favorite! Then I’d get some hot cookies or a hot cookie sandwich from Insomnia cookies, and get a late night snack from Cowboy Chicken.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’d like to dedicate this shout out to those persons who have poured into me so that I can live my dream and touch the world. Christine Horn, the booking magnet, Carl Kennedy, Tangie Beaty of W.O.W. Productions, my manager Natarsha Garcia at AGI Entertainment, and my agents Joy and Jayme Pervis at J Pervis Talent and Nick Roses at Pantheon Talent.