Different Views: Andro
HE GRADUATED FROM THE ACTING SCHOOL DRAMA CENTRE LONDON WHICH PRIDES ITSELF WITH NOTABLE ALUMNI SUCH AS TOM HARDY, COLIN FIRTH AND PIERCE BROSNAN.
HE TOURED ALL OVER THE WORLD AS A MEMBER OF THE BRITISH BAND JUNGLE.
HE PERFORMED AT FESTIVALS LIKE GLASTONBURY AND COACHELLA.
What do you think emotions are?
I think emotions are a variety of things we try to control but most of us can’t.
How do you interpret them and navigate them?
Meditation – every day.
What would be your advice for someone who wants to be emotionally honest but doesn’t know how?
Different things work for different people but for someone who doesn’t know how to be emotionally honest I think meditation could help. Start out with 10 minutes. You eventually will be able to open up – fact.
Do you think you can learn self-esteem or is our parents input definite?
I know when I was younger I had a problem with being thin, and I still do now, even though my body has changed through the years. I grew with friends and people I didn’t even know saying to me; “Gosh you’re so skinny”. Most of the time, I wasn’t sure if it was a compliment or not, but it’s kind of like saying to an overweight person; “Gosh you’re so fat!” But you would never say that. So I guess that was me “learning” to have low self esteem in that area. Yet at the same time people were always supportive and complimentary about my creative endeavours – and so I learned that it was a good thing. I think your parents can also distill a sense of low or high self-esteem depending on if they support you in your career choices and platonic and romantic relationships. It can even be distilled from violence or sexual abuse, which thankfully I didn’t experience.
I’ve been able to require my brain in terms of battling my own self esteem issues, forming my own opinions and weeding out negative forces like the news, magazines and social media and people who aren’t happy with themselves and take it out on others – I got rid of them too!
How does self-esteem feel to you?
It personally feels like a constant wall I have to break down almost everyday. Especially in this society where we’re constantly vomited over with videos and edited photography of male and female models and their definition of the perfect body. If we look in the mirror and don’t see what we see in the magazines – that causes a negative effect.
What’s your advice for someone who would like to be more confident?
My advice would be to look at yourself in the mirror, and as hard it might be, literally just say to yourself: you’re beautiful and I love you. You might not like it at first but see it as a game. I think just by doing that you’re creating positive affirmations in your mind. I think that’s the best place to start because we can’t be confident on the outside if we aren’t confident on the inside.
What does success mean to you?
Having a very solid idea and grip of who you are and who you want to be and that goes for every aspect of the self – that goes in relationship, friendships, family and career. I think that is success. Knowing who you are, who you want to be and working hard towards that.
When do you feel most successful?
I feel most successful when I’m taking risks, regardless of the outcome of that risk. Whether I fail or succeed.
What do you think is the difference between someone who’s successful and someone who isn’t?
I think when someone allows failure to affect them in a way that they start beating themselves up and giving up. That’s not being successful. I think when someone takes failure as a good thing to better themselves – I think that is success.
What do you think money is and what’s the meaning you assign to it?
I don’t hold any value to it although it has been able to fund my creative projects but at the end of the day it’s just paper.
What do you think is the difference between someone who lives paycheck to paycheck and someone who always has enough considering they come from the same background?
I think it depends on how they spend their money.
Do you have a daily ritual?
It always differs depending on the place I am in. At the moment I’m in LA and the weather changes your frame of mind. I wake up and have breakfast. After that I go to a Yoga Class and then I meditate for about 20-30 minutes. I eat and work in the studio.
What do you think makes people creative?
I think everyone is creative in their own way.
What do you think makes someone pursue their creative endeavors while others give up somewhere in the middle?
I think it’s very simple. There’s a portion of people that know they’re going to get somewhere/what they want and it manifests. And then there’s a portion of people who want to get somewhere/achieve but don’t know they will. It’s about thinking and wanting VS wanting and knowing.
Can you describe your creative process?
As an actor it would be finding out “who I am” for the character I’m playing, which most of the time is in the text and subtext. I explore the physical attributes that feel connected to that character. As a singer-songwriter is coming up with a melody on piano and then sing absolutely whatever comes to mind, words that don’t even make sense and then listen back and hear some story in it or I’d write lots of lyrics down which would eventually become a song.
What would you like to be remembered by?
I would like to be remembered for having a positive impact on my community and the world through my art.
Photos: the photo above is by Anthony Mark Saul while the photo below is by Oliver Handlee Pearch.