Friday, May 18, 2012
Actress Elizabeth DeRazzo: Taking The Leap Of Faith Into Her Purpose
You've gotten to know her from the popular show on HBO "Eastbound and Down", but actress Elizabeth DeRazzo is so much more than just another actor. She is an individuals that is just where she is supposed to be, and she knows it.
"It's a little surreal sometimes," she told me with a laugh during our conversation. "I am doing what I absolutely love to do. I don't always think of it the way it appears to other people. I will be talking with my friends and they will say things like 'You're famous!'. I'll tell them 'I'm not famous, some people might just know my name.' It's truly been a wonderful opportunity, and I don't take it for granted."
I told Elizabeth that no matter what interview I have seen with her either on red carpets or promos for the show she always has the biggest smile. It seems she has truly found her place.
"To be a part of something that is so loved by others as well as myself is really a dream come true," she tells me. "I'm thrilled that the fans have such a great reaction to the show."
The first time Elizabeth realized she was bitten by the acting bug was when she came out to L. A. to be an extra for one of her favorite shows X-Files. "The moment I was able to see what it was like behind the scenes I knew this was what I wanted to do. I left my hometown and moved to L. A. so I could pursue it."
That move was part of Elizabeth's taking a leap of faith into her purpose, recognizing what could be if she only put forth the effort. She was able to step outside of her comfort zone and truly believe in her abilities.
There are challenges, however, but Elizabeth firmly believes that those are overcome by your attitude and work ethic. "My being where I am today is a true testament to the people I surround myself with," she explains. "It will be twelve years this summer since I moved to L. A. We all know how easy it can be for this town to swallow you up and spit you out. That is why I have surrounded myself with friends that really keep me grounded and help me to stay true to myself."
Another aspect of the business is the instant response individuals like herself are able to get through social media. "As actors we are pretty hard on ourselves, so to have someone appreciate the work that you do and tell you so is the best thing."
Her advice to all of us? "It's important to pursue what you love and not let go. I've always been someone who jumps in right away. I just know that I will always end up where I need to be. Just go for it. The worst thing is to live with the regret of not trying."
Stay abreast with everything going on with Elizabeth on Facebook and Twitter and at her website http://www.elizabethderazzo.net/ .