Learn How Perseverance Is Key with David De Almo
I had the opportunity to exclusively interview David De Almo to learn five random facts about himself and what lesson the entertainment industry has taught him. Check out my interview with David below:
Loryn: If you had a magic wand, what movie or tv show would you be a part of next?
David: That's gotta be Succession. It's so smart, the writing is incredible, and it casts out of New York. I'm always struck by how hilarious that show is, you don't expect it in a drama.
Loryn: You've already worked with some phenomenal actors and actresses, who is an actor or actress you'd like to work with in the future?
David: This is so hard! I guess I'd say someone who had a big impact on me when I was a kid could be fun, so maybe Jeff Daniels? I was pretty obsessed with the movie Gettysburg as a kid (weird, I know) and Jeff Daniels was the lead - plus he's just an amazing actor and seems pretty humble, which is the perfect combo. I've had a fair few "never meet your heroes" kind of moments, and I don't think Jeff would fit that mold.
Loryn: What was your experience like being on the set ofGirls5Eva?
David: It was crazy! I had just started a new job a few weeks earlier, after 8 months of being unemployed during the pandemic, and I was terrified to take time off. In addition, the vaccines weren't out yet, so the testing/masking/distancing protocols were intense. But the actual experience of it was lovely. They had taken over a huge soundstage in Queens, and they were only a few days from wrapping the season, so I was coming into a really well-oiled machine. Plus, everyone was so nice! I got to do a small scene with Renee Elise Goldsberry, and I must have watched the Disney+ Hamilton a half-dozen times by that point, so that was a thrill.
Loryn: What lesson has the entertainment industry taught you?
David: You just have to keep going. It took me 4 years in New York to get my first legit agent. I booked a show immediately, then didn't book another one for three years. But if you just keep going, opportunities will be there. Perseverance is key.
Loryn: What is something people would be surprised to learn about you?
David: I've spent about 7 years of my adult life in corporate jobs! I've been working in Marketing since January 2021, and I'm living proof that you can do both things. I think if Covid has taught me anything, it's that the idea of the starving artist is antiquated. I used to work gig-economy jobs, side hustles, cobbling together a living - the fact is, with hybrid and remote work, actors can make a decent wage while supporting their dreams, as opposed to having their dreams be a drag on their financial well-being. It's a lot of effort, but you can do both!
Be sure to stay updated with David De Almo by checking out his website: http://www.daviddealmo.com/. Also, be sure to connect with him on IG: daviddealmo