We had the good fortune of connecting with Amber Mykaels and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Amber, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
The most important factor behind what I consider my success is my drive and discipline. Growing up in sports and being a college athlete you learn to be disciplined. You have to be constantly working towards your goals and do your best not lose that momentum. Your drive it what pushes you to do the difficult and “not fun” things that everyone hates doing. As an actor that means constantly stepping out of your comfort zone, putting yourself out there and doing what you need to, even when you’re scared you’ll fail. That is what separates you from everyone else.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Every actor is unique in their own way, that’s what sets us all apart from each other. When I realized that I wanted to become an Actor, I was 26 and had a lot of people who were either negative or unsupportive of the idea. I was either too old, or didn’t have the skill set, or told I would only be cast as one type because of my body shape. I’m proud of myself for drowning out the negative comments so early on. My passion for acting and my natural stubbornness kept me from quitting and allowed me to ignore anyone who did anything less than support me. If anything, those comments helped me prepare for the struggles that come with being a working actor. In a way, I’ve been able to carry that same mindset into my personal life. I’ve become more confident in myself and determined to give myself the life I want. Pursuing a career in acting is never easy, it is fun and exciting but never easy. You are constantly stepping out of your comfort zone and facing your fears of failing, but I love it!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I love when my friends come to visit me in San Diego because there is always somewhere new to take them. This city has so much to offer and so many things to do. A must go to for food whenever a friend comes to visit is the Crack Shack in Little Italy, or Mitches Seafood in Point Loma. Next we’ll either go rock climbing at Mesa Rim or hiking one of the waterfall trails!
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?
A successful actor never makes it in this industry on their own. I owe a lot to my fellow San Diego actor friends, without them I wouldn’t have gone any farther than my first acting class. Its easy to work on your craft when you have friends with the same goals who enjoy doing the work and being part of a community.
David Rumley, Paul Broding, Rich Soublet, TiaSippel