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after reaching a certain height on my climb to the summit of the metaphorical 'mountain of life'--I could finally see that I was on a mountain RANGE all along

Julian GavilanesLead Actor and Co-Writer

My earliest memories are making home movies with my older brothers. I wasn’t always included in their activities, but when it came to this, they always needed a character that they could kick the sh*t out of–and I was top casting for that! With blind ignorance, I was under the impression that we were making these movies for the whole world to see! And even though that was never the case, the stakes felt just as high for us. These were the seeds of my artistic dreams that were planted early on.

Acting is nothing short of my favorite thing in life. I have been so honored and grateful for every day that I’ve gotten to be a professional actor. But as I’ve cut my teeth in NYC for the last 12 years, and worked relentlessly to ascertain a career that reciprocates on a fraction of what I put into it–it’s been really difficult. And although I knew this was going be a hard life, what I didn’t know until recently, was that after reaching a certain height on my climb to the summit of the metaphorical “mountain of life”–I could finally see that I was on a mountain RANGE all along! I’m finally learning that there are so many more ways to get to where I’m trying to go than by being so singularly focused.

I had the distinct pleasure of working with Morgan Freeman some years back. He was my director. The whole experience was wild, but there was a really important takeaway I left with. He said (in God’s voice); “Nothing here is linear.  One thing is not going to lead to the next. You’ll be reinventing yourself your entire life–if you’re lucky enough to be so brave.” Then he gave me a big hug. Acting has been the conduit of my own personal expression thus far. But the avenues to explore my creative interests were too attached to opportunities that weren’t in my control. I had to learn that my approach to getting to play my “dream role” was never going to come from my agents bringing it to me. It was going to come from writing it into existence. And so, it’s been the powerfully positive and painfully vulnerable at the same time to reckon with that awareness. But I know deep down, that making this movie is going to be more cathartic and necessary to my growth as an artist, than anything else I’ve ever done in my life. And that’s a bold statement.

We understand not everyone is able to donate, and that is okay! If you’ve taken the time to read all of this and learn what we are all about, that is already enough.

We are eager and ready to move into production on “IAMERICA” and have it out into the world for you ALL to enjoy!

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts, Julian Gavilanes