Toronto is a magnet for aspiring young artists hoping to make it in the big smoke. Most days it feels like the 6ix is positively bursting at the seams with young artists, designers, filmmakers, actors and comedians busting their humps to make their dreams come true. She Does The City chatted with some of the most exciting and talented up-and-coming artists living and working in Toronto to find out what inspires them, how they deal with setbacks and what stops them from jacking it all in and getting a normal job.
For this installment, we caught up with, Bea Santos.
SDTC: Tell us a little bit about yourself. Who are you and what do you do?
BS: I’m Bea and I’m an actress living and working in Toronto.
It can be tough to forge a career as an actor. What has stopped you from quitting and doing something more stable?
Firstly, I’ve always gone back to the fact that if I quit, I know I’d just spend my life dreaming about acting and I’d be more miserable than if I was trying without success. So that’s helped. Secondly, I’ve just felt it hasn’t been time to quit yet! I’ve seen people quit their creative pursuit after just a few years of trying, and that’s such a tragedy; it feels like they haven’t even given it a proper go. Thirdly, I would be terrible at an office job. I’d be trying to put on plays all the time and they’d fire me for not getting all those spread sheets in. That’s what happens in an office, right?
Did you always know you wanted to be an actor? What did you want to be when you were a teenager?