We had the good fortune of connecting with Victor Rivera and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Victor, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
My beard.

No. (Well, kinda.) It’s being Unapologetically Victor. I have seen the most success, the biggest rewards, when I start from a place of “To thine own self be true.” In this very difficult career, it’s easy to be swept up in “what do I think the Casting Director wants? I’m going to do that in this audition”. But if you come from the position of “what do *I* offer to this role? To this agency?,” then that’s where the real magic happens.
Victor is a good man with a good heart, genuine, witty, smart. If I backwards engineer Victor to the role instead of aiming at Nerd #3, then I will have a performance that stands out from the other 999 Nerd #3s.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I started out doing 10 years of theatre in North Carolina. So when I came to Atlanta to act in TV, movies, and commercials, I had a whole artistic and professional shift from On the Boards to On Camera. Which has been fabulous and exciting! But so really challenging and rewarding.

Some of the struggles lately have been to find balance. When you dedicate 15 years of your life to acting, and you’re in your (cough) mid-to-late 20s, then that’s a lot of time spent in a script, instead of looking up from the page and absorbing the world. I’m taking the time now to “have a better life IN ADDITION to Acting”. (When productions [and the whole world] froze in 2020, that lesson was especially loud.)
Now, I have a whole morning routine set up for the best possible success, and I’m writing a whole lot more! These tools then feed back in to give me insane focus and intention, a fire in my tummy, to “have a better life IN REGARDS to Acting.”

Thanks to that newly stoked flame, I am having a fantastic year so far! I recorded multiple episodes of an iHeart Radio podcast called “Tomorrow’s Monsters,” with John Boyega and Darren Criss, written and directed by Atlanta local, Dan Bush. The audio drama is available now wherever you download your favorite podcasts.
And back in February, I shot four days on my biggest TV role yet! A Guest Star and the lead of the episode. For what? You’ll have to stay in touch to find out 😉

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
My favorite place to eat is The Vortex in Little 5 Points. The skull entranceway says it all right there! (Get a side of cheesy-cheese goo for your tater tots).

But also, I’ve recently been on the hunt for the best wings in Atlanta, and J.R. Crickets and The Local are mind-blowing. Turkish Delight from The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe right there. Can’t get enough of ‘em.

And, of course, the Georgia Aquarium. I had annual passes as birthday presents for a couple years back when I was living in my first apartment and could walk there. My favorite exhibit is Ocean Voyager, where you can just sit and stare at the big tank for what can feel like weeks. (Much love to Trixie).

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My parents and my sibling absolutely deserve 98% of all the credit. Their love and endless support keeps me going, from theatre in North Carolina to screen acting in Atlanta.

Outside of my immediate relatives, J Pervis Talent Agency has been my biggest boon here in Georgia. I have been with this incredible industry family for 5 years as of April 27, 2021. Their masterful guidance, encouragement, business know-how, and contagious enthusiasm are truly guardian angel gifts. The specialiest Shoutout to Joy Pervis, Jayme Pervis, Jaron Matthews, Gwenn McGuire, and everyone else who helps careers flourish and dreams come true.

Website: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm4376713/

Instagram: @victor.a.rivera

Twitter: @victor_a_rivera

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/victor.rivera/

Image Credits
Kurt Yue, Jason MacDonald

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