Sean O'Donnell on how he first fell in love with acting
At age 17, Sean O'Donnell wasn't taking the typical route in life. Already, he knew what he was meant to do -- acting. He moved to L.A. to pursue his career dreams and make it in Hollywood.
Now, 3 years later, he's made his debut on the big screen with major roles in MamaBoy and SickHouse, among others. However, this is only the beginning for O'Donnell, as he hopes to continue his acting career to take on even more versatile roles.
Before O'Donnell got his start in acting, he was drawn to photography and eventually fell into the crazy world of social media, garnering over 300,000 followers on Instagram before graduating high school.
We had the chance to sit down with O'Donnell to discuss his passions, inspiration and more. Read part one of the interview below!
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Can you tell me a bit about how you first discovered your love for acting?
I first discovered my love for acting when I was about 6 years old. I watched the Parent Trap, with Lindsay Lohan, with my siblings probably 900 times. It was a movie that made me very happy, and I remember thinking that I wanted to do that for someone else. That's about as simple as I can make it. I've seen that movie a million times.
When did you decide to pursue acting as a full time career passion?
The beginning of senior year of high school. I knew I wanted to finish up high school and I deferred from college for a year and go to LA and see if anything good happens, and if it does then I'm going to stay out here and take that risk, which was scary and exciting all at the same time.
Was that an easy decision for you to make?
I would say it was, I wasn't really conflicted. I pretty much just decided to do it. My family is so supportive that I knew I had all of them behind me so I wasn't concerned about any of that.
What kind of projects do you hope to be working on in the future? What kind of genres do you hope to explore?
I hope to move more into serious drama. If I had a dream project, it would be Perks of a Wallflower, Logan Lerman-type character. That's a big goal of mine.
What's the one piece of advice you wish you had received before you began your acting career?
About two years into it I received a piece of advice that there are 20 other people in this town that look like you and can do the job just as good as you, but a lot of them won't be as nice as you. People want to work with nice people. I was always wrapped up on focusing on the acting, not that I wasn't a nice person, but it was eye-opening that some people who were maybe better than me wouldn't get jobs because they were just rude. No one wants to spend 12 hours a day on set with someone that's rude. I think that's definitely played into my life. I would like to think I'm a nice person. That was good advice.
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