This is the third interview in my Creative Careers Series. Today's interview is with my friend from high school, Trevor Trout, who is an actor living in LA. He has been in music videos, major television shows, and even acted alongside Tom Hanks! None of which were as exciting as acting with me in the high school drama club, though I'm sure. :) Here's what he had to say about his creative career:

Have you always known you wanted to be an actor? If not, when did you first realize it?
I think I’ve always known  on some level. I’ve always been a  ham and comfortable in front of the  camera.  When I was younger I always  loved making people smile and laugh and  pay attention to me but I don’t  think I knew that was a “job”  I could do…at that point I still  wanted to be Dan Marino. Once I got  into my late teens I was able to  say, “Okay I need to be a performer”. 

Tell me a little bit about your education and how it prepared you for this career (or didn't).
This is a difficult question  for me. I feel like a true creative  personality can’t be taught but you can be trained. I had a natural ability to become the center of attention and  to make people laugh but when I went  to The American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) I feel like I was given the tools to channel my natural ability and  become more refined. I think what you need in this business can’t be  taught in a class. The drive, the thick skin, the business savvy…you’ve got  to be born with it in you…you’ve got to live it. 

Do you do this full time? If not, tell me about your day job (good and the bad). If so, when did you know it was time to make the leap into going full time?
Yes, entertainment is my fulltime  career. I run my own entertainment company that supplies talent and develops concepts for TV and film. I also run my acting career, every day I’m submitting  to auditions and going on call backs or I’m on set shooting. 

What are your favorite and least favorite parts of your job? 
I love that I don’t consider  it a job - I forget I’m getting paid to do this. I go to “work”, I have a great time and I live my dreams then a get a check in the mail. My least favorite part of this industry is the down time but that’s why I started my own business so when the town goes on hiatus I can still keep moving.

When will you feel like you've "made it"? or what is your ultimate long term dream?
I think I’ve already “made it” because I’m still here. I’ve seen a lot of people give up on their dream and go back home and get a 9-5 and almost ten years later I’m still out here and this is what I do. That’s not to say I’ve accomplished everything I want to accomplish yet, I’ve still got big dreams and seeing my name get top billing would be a long term goal.

What has been your greatest success?
I had posted a picture of  me on set and I was with Jackson Rathbone, who plays Jasper in the Twilight  series, and a fan saw it. She wrote  me and said her six year old daughter saw me standing with Jasper and said, “I want to be him”. That really touched me so I got a Twilight book and Jackson and I signed it for her. A few days later I got a picture of this little girl with the biggest smile her face could handle clutching our signatures like she had the golden ticket. Seeing inspiration and happiness on a six year old's face because of something I was able to do for her….well,  there’s no better feeling than that. 

What is one thing you did wrong?
I got wrapped up in things  that weren’t conducive to my goals. There were a few years where I let  other people’s agenda and goals overtake  mine, I took a backseat in my own  life and that’s always a bad decision. But once I woke up and got back in the saddle everything changed and I was booking TV shows and Tom Hanks’ movies. 

Have you ever faced pressure to get a "real" job (aka steady  pay, benefits, etc.) and if so, how  did you deal with it?
Oh yeah, cost of living in California is insane - you have to  make money. I worked as a bartender and waiter at a few places here in town. I’ve done construction; I sold  tickets to celebrity home tours. I did  it all. I would do anything that  would allow me to audition and pursue my dreams.

Your favorite inspirational quote / mantra:

You can learn more about Trevor on his IMDb page!

More Creative Careers Interviews:
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- Fashion Designer, Sarah Mallory


  1. Let me set the record straight. Nothing has ever been more exciting than Trouble in Tumbleweed with the then Holly Booth AKA: HB



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