I’m born and raised in Ventura, CA. I knew I wanted to act after watching some Disney shows, particularly A.N.T Farm because in my opinion it looked like so much fun. Just being able to do all these different things in all the different episodes looked like a blast to me. They also looked like they were happy to be there. And my experience on set has made me very happy.
In Star Trek: Picard Season 1, I was a guest star as Young Elnor. First, getting the part was exciting. I auditioned, then met with Director Jonathan Frakes, then had to get network approval, and I booked it! Around a month later, at the table read, there were many legendary Star Trek actors like Patrick Stewart, Jeri Ryan, Michelle Hurd, to mention a few. I even got to sit next to writer, Michael Chabon! I spoke the first Romulan line at the table read and they all clapped for me. Then on set, I got to film at the Universal Back Lot with about 100 Romulan background actors. The production was huge, with so many makeup artists! It was insane! And then, at the Santa Clarita Studios, I got to work with Patrick Stewart and Amirah Vann. And I still can’t believe I got to fence with Patrick Stewart! How cool is that? Even though I did not work with Evan Evagora (Elnor), meeting him at the table read was amazing and I was able to visit him on set one day.
I like pretending to be different people. It helps me to understand other characters and to put myself in other people’s shoes. I’m not confined to my personality. I can be whoever I want to be when I am acting. And acting helps me in real life. I can be more relatable to a person because I have a sense of how they feel in different situations. When I am not acting, I like to watch anime, do speed cubing, play video games, play guitar, ride my bike, go skate boarding, and go swimming.
School is easier now because of the distance learning, but I prefer school in real life. I think that it’s more interactive and I gain more from it. As far as balancing it with acting, I’m lucky to have my family help me with getting me to auditions and acting jobs, especially my mom. It helps that my teachers and principal are supportive of my acting. Whenever I leave class for an audition and come back, my friends always help me and fill me in on what I missed.
My mom and I email and text my managers and agents. We made postcards to send to casting to thank them for a pin I got after a video audition for a series regular role. Of course, Zoom has played a big part with acting classes, auditions, and call backs. Also, I like to keep up with other actors, acting instructors, and of course the Young Artist Academy™ on IG and FB.
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Watch for Ian playing the lead role in Cornbread in the short film festival circuit this year!