We had the good fortune of connecting with Anthony Gaut and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Anthony, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I tried writing out some big profound answer a few times, as to how I look at risk, overcome it, etc. but….. this may be bad to say but I don’t really think about risk, or at least not often to form an opinion on it. I do, and have done a lot of “risky” things on paper, but for me, It’s more that if I’m called to do something, I just… do it. When I feel that calling, I trust myself to know that this thing that I feel I need to be doing right now, is driving me towards my ultimate purpose, and I’ve found that moving towards my purpose is worth most, if not all risks for me. Until recently, I’ve been bouncing around from my various passions but now I truly feel I’ve found my main outlet in acting. It’s arguably my riskiest decision, but if you saw how much time I’m spending, the improvements I’ve been making, it looks a lot less risky. For me, I think that’s why I don’t get as scared of risk, I trust myself to put in the time and commitment necessary to be successful in that risky endeavor.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I think I’m most proud of committing to the acting route so fully, because as much as I take risks, the one risk I was always too scared to take was acting. But when the world is on fire, acting looks a lot less scary. I flirted with the idea by starting to model a year and a half ago, now I’m all in, and I even booked my first ever feature film this year. I’m only at the start of this journey and know the road ahead will come with numerous challenges, I have some things working against me as far as casting goes but I think my work will get to a point where it won’t matter as much. The biggest lesson I’ve learned is to not take myself so seriously. The freer I am, the easier and better the performance is, shit makes life easier too. It’s hard, but whenever I’m able to lighten up that’s when I’m really able to shine. Ultimately I want to help tell stories that impact people and change the way they think(have some “just for fun” projects along the way), and then find ways to help people along the way.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I’m not in Dallas too often, still got a pandemic going on lol, but I’ve always had a good time at the bomb factory! They’ve got fun events like fights, and concerts, that I like going to. Looking forward to when they’ve got fights in there again.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Man there are so many people who have shaped me along the way, and continue to support me today. I’ve got Elisa, my partner, who has supported me and only pushed me to go further and truly believes in me. That level of support is something one only dreams of. My mom who, of course gets worried about some of my risky decisions, has always loved and supported me even when she doesn’t agree. My coach Juan, I look up to him as a father figure, and have learned so much from him. He taught me, and prepared me for so many of life’s hardships, so so grateful to him and the family at Peak Performance Watauga. My acting coach Glenn Morshower, by being in his class and watching the other incredible actors in the Extra Mile Working Actors Workshop, I’ve transformed my acting over the past 6 months. My homies, my brothers, my family, everyone in my circle who supports me. So much love to you all, I appreciate yall so much.
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