It seems that now of days, everybody wants to be someone else… or at least a different version of themselves. The age of social media has introduced us to countless feeds flooded with seemingly picture-perfect lives. In a world where everyone is busy trying to look/be like everyone else, it is shockingly refreshing when you run across a sincerely genuine individual. They’re like the unicorns of Los Angeles; hard to find… but invaluable in every way.
This month, Up & Coming Online sat down with Pilar Holland. Pilar is an actor/producer/creator who prides herself on connecting others through her body of work while remaining her authentic and true self. She clued us in on a little about herself and her life in the City of Angels.
Please describe what you do, and why you are passionate about your work.
I am an artist and a creator. I create content in order to connect people all around the world in a positive way. I am passionate about creating work that brings a positive change to our world. There is so much aggression and force present in our world and I want to be a part of the change to shift us all into coming from our hearts, coming together and seeing the individual right in front of you.
What word do you feel describes you best as a professional and why?
Authenticity. I feel if you are authentic in your life all of the pieces come together in your profession and your relationships. Being authentic with yourself allows you to connect with the character you are embodying truthfully in your acting. In the audition room and on set, being your true authentic self-allows people to connect with you on a real level, which in turn builds genuine connections and a desire to want to work with each other again in the future.
Were you always sure you wanted to be in the industry that you are in?
Yes, I was. I tried to find different things in college that might interest me. My family didn’t necessarily want me to pursue acting as a profession. Eventually, after two years of searching, I walked over the art bridges on the UC Irvine campus and enrolled in the drama program. No matter what I did or how many times I failed, the universe kept telling me to keep going. Believe me, I failed miserably many times and it made me stronger each time I got back up.
What motivates you to continue your work?
I am motivated by the connection. Connecting with people drives me to create. As a producer and actress, I get to collaborate with so many people to create a work of art. We get to tell stories that provoke people to think about different subject matters. We get to let people know that they aren’t alone in their struggles, and sometimes, we get to make them laugh and bring a little joy and happiness into their lives.
Do you have any advice for those looking for a similar career path?
First off, make sure it’s what you really want to do. It is a tough road and you have to love it unconditionally. Be prepared for the highs and lows, because it will be a rollercoaster. Make sure you have an amazing support system because you will need it. Find your artist community and build a family. We are all here to support each other. Reach out for that support and you’ll find that it’s there waiting for you.
My mom is one of my idols because she has always done the best she can and has pushed me to do the same. She is continually learning and growing too. She has a huge heart and supports her community and family the best she can. I still see that she has so much more to accomplish and give in her life. She inspires me to be connected with my family and community and to continue to build those deeper bonds.
I’m so excited to tell you about my YouTube channel “L.A. Happy,” a show I created with my co-host Katina Nikou about eliminating the happy hour search one bar at a time. Besides having fun and connecting with our community, our vision for the show is to bring more awareness to inclusiveness, body image issues, and female empowerment. We invite you to join us for the happiest hours of the day as we explore all things, L.A.
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