Actors and actresses are some of the most interesting people on the planet. The truly dedicated thespians are artists who experiment with different personas and are constantly challenging themselves to find new projects that allow them to become someone new and or someone who they feel is nothing like themselves. Alejandro Arzciat is certainly one of those artists. He came to Los Angeles from Mexico to become a professional actor and has succeeded. His dedication is off the charts — it’s similar to a gifted musician or a top painter or sculptor. In other words, he can’t NOT act. He is driven to perfect each and every character whose mantel he takes on.
He has learned a great deal since his very humble beginnings trying to break into one of the most competitive industries in the world. His urge to portray challenging and contrasting characters was in line with his practical desire to not be type cast in a business that makes it so easy to fall into that trap. He learned to adapt to a new culture and to a strange industry that no one close to him growing up in Mexico had any experience with.
He was a stranger in a strange land who had to figure out everything on his own. Now, of course, he is a much more well-rounded artist than he was at first and that has given him more confidence in his talent and in his being. Although Alejandro wasn’t short on confidence to begin with — no one who comes to Hollywood with the aim of actually making a living in the entertainment business has a deficiency in self-reliance or boldness or confidence. The ones who leave and give up just seem to lose some of those qualities along the way, especially after being rejected so frequently.
Alejandro stands apart from the herd in that respect. He actively looks for challenges and opportunities to audition and by default places himself in front of the firing squad of rejection. He simply learns from each experience and moves on to the next one, confident in the fact that he will succeed. And he has.
He has become quite philosophical about acting and since he has done numerous plays, films and has been the featured voice over personality for several internationally known brands such as Pepsico and Corona Beer, he can beautifully articulate the part of acting that remains unseen by the audience. One of his favorite quotes goes like this: “Every character is an opportunity to examine one’s own potential and possibilities. Sometimes, if we engage in the craft that way, it becomes inner therapeutic work that is just known to ourselves as artists.”