We caught up with the brilliant and insightful David Jofre a few weeks ago and have shared our conversation below.
David, appreciate you joining us today. Can you talk to us about how you’ve thought about whether to sign with an agent or manager?
There are thousands of agencies in LA and finding and signing up with the right talent agent in Los Angeles can be an overwhelming experience due to the intense competition, extensive research and networking requirements, the complex submission process, limited availability, the potential for rejection and waiting, financial considerations, and the need to manage expectations. Despite these challenges, perseverance, dedication, and a strong belief in one’s talent are crucial to navigate the process and increase the chances of finding the right representation in the highly competitive entertainment industry. Here is my story.
David, before we move on to more of these sorts of questions, can you take some time to bring our readers up to speed on you and what you do?
My name is David Jofre, I’m a Chilean-American-trained actor and I’ve been in the industry for over 20 years. In Chile, I graduated in Film and TV production, and later in the USA I studied performing Arts. But when we use the word “trained actor” it doesn’t mean that the process of learning is over on graduation day. We, actors, are constantly learning, training, making mistakes, and re-inventing ourselves. I work in TV commercials and Narrative films, and even though these two are completely different when it comes to the acting process, the feeling I get when I’m on set for both is the most rewarding sensation ever. I feel lucky to call myself a full-time actor but I know that luck is not what got me here probably, it’s been a long 20 years of hard work, dedication, and overcoming rejections and obstacles that will make most beginner actors quit, because 9 out 10 times you will be rejected when you are first starting.
How can we best help foster a strong, supportive environment for artists and creatives?
Our society must first recognize the value of art in our daily lives and demonstrate support for artists at all levels, particularly those facing financial challenges. It is crucial for the government to create more funding opportunities, such as grants and scholarships, and consider implementing tax incentives in the film industry to attract productions and sustain local artists and small businesses. Communities should establish accessible spaces where artists can freely exhibit their work and actively promote public art projects. By prioritizing fair compensation and investing in the arts, our society can foster a vibrant artistic community, ensuring the continuous flourishing of creativity.
For you, what’s the most rewarding aspect of being a creative?
Being a father and an artist. The most rewarding aspect is the opportunity to ignite creativity and share a passion with my kids. Parenthood can inspire new artistic ideas and provide unique experiences to channel into artistic expression. Sharing your love for art with your children, nurturing their creativity, and witnessing their artistic growth makes me very happy. Working together on art projects creates lasting memories, deepening the bond between you and your children. Through art, you can also teach important life lessons and values, while empowering a supportive environment where creativity is celebrated. Every parent’s artistic experience is unique, but the combination of art and parenting is to me the most fulfilling experience.
Image Credits Dan Lao photography.