Featured Artist Series: Showcase Winner Aubrey J Marquez

Screen Shot 2017-09-26 at 4.21.35 PMThe more I speak with our showcase winners, the more I notice a pattern. These are not your cliched Hollywood darlings, blossoming in the shelter of a long line of silver screen veterans and cutting their teeth in major studios. Our success stories come from everywhere, from the “nowheres” of the U.S. They use their own guts, strength and hard work to get what they want. They train, they take chances, and they create their own opportunities. Such it is with Aubrey Marquez, our latest showcase winner, and this week’s featured artist.

So remember, as you read his story, this could be you.

Though he now calls Hollywood home, Aubrey Marquez grew up in Evanston, IL. At 18, he discovered that acting was his calling. “I was unexpectedly inspired by Timothy Herbert, my high school acting teacher,” he remembers. “He saved my life and ultimately became one of my biggest mentors. He is undoubtedly one of the reasons that I am so passionate about the art of acting.”

Aubrey’s epiphany led him to a new market in LA. Admitting it to be “one of the biggest struggles” he had ever encountered, Aubrey nevertheless took the adjustment in stride, declaring, “Learning the ropes in a new place has been a new and amazing experience for me…while the adjustment has been difficult, I am continuing to grow, persevere, and find my place in this huge melting pot.”

Aubrey didn’t just change scenery, however. He continued to strengthen his technique and gather special skills. “Over the past 12 years I have gained extensive training that has continued to elevate my craft. I have studied at various studios learning a plethora of techniques, including Maslow, Stanislavski and Meisner,” Aubrey explains. “In addition to my training, I have become proficient at stage combat (hand to hand, Dagger,) small arms handling (pistols, revolvers,) and done some tactical combat training for actors.” At the moment, Aubrey continues to train with Steve Hanneman of 1817 Studios.

Aubrey’s passion for acting goes further than a dedication to technique, however. When asked what inspires him in his work, he answers “The psychology of people, I feel acting and psychology are synonymous. It helps me explore myself. Finding the truth and honesty in a character is an amazing way to help me find honesty and truth in myself. Keeping myself honest and whole is what keeps me fired up.”

Yet Aubrey isn’t immune to the emotional pitfalls of the business. He cites self-doubt as a major obstacle. “In a career that puts me in a place where I become self evaluating. I have overcome a lot of self-esteem and image battles, so I do my best to check that self doubt. And it isn’t something that I think I can get rid of, I have to be self aware enough to keep in balance.”

Difficult as it is to jump into a new market in a brutal business, Aubrey didn’t waste a moment. He signed with an agent who urged him to join Cast It Talent, and began submitting. This was a move that would eventually lead to Aubrey’s showcase win, which helped launch the next phase of Aubrey’s career.

“It has helped a lot,” Aubrey admits, “the opportunity to be seen by other casting directors…It has only been positive; the feedback is honest, direct and fair. Always constructive and the casting directors that take the time really wholeheartedly want the actors to do well….I also appreciate that the contest allows actors to have control of the types of materials they would like to present; it grants us the freedom to bring our own personal voice to the stories we deem important and meaningful.”

Aubrey took the momentum and ran with it, securing a small role in an upcoming NBC show and diving into a handful of other independent projects. “Beyond that, I will continue training, writing, and auditioning,” he affirms.

In the wake of his recent success, he hasn’t lost sight of that drive and daring that got him where he is. “If you want something simply go get it,” he states bluntly.

Sometimes that’s all there is to say. Modern living has complicated the entertainment industry in many ways, but it has brought the business to our doorsteps. Take a leaf from Aubrey’s book. Don’t waste time on insecurity and self-doubt. Sign up. Show up. Submit. And go get it!


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Rachel Rachel Frawley is an actor living in Atlanta. She holds a B.F.A. in Theatre from Michigan State University (with cognates in Music and Professional Writing) and is an Apprentice Company graduate from the Atlanta Shakespeare Co. She also works as an education artist for local theatres, which have included the Shakespeare Tavern and Aurora Theatre. For more information, visit her website at www.rachelfrawley.com

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