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Rob Mayes | Los Angeles,CA | Actor/Musician |

An exclusive interview by: Mindy Parker

Can you expand on this statement you have in your twitter bio "literally trying to make the world less literal"

-MP

That's my attempt at humor as well as a reminder to not take everything so seriously. It's to suggest that not everything is so black and white, binary, or extremely polar.  There's a lot of good stuff in that massive grey area—some food for thought.

-RM

Where do you search for / find inspiration for your own music? 

-MP

For me, inspiration comes from so many places! The feeling of happiness, the low moments, the feeling of Love—whether it's good or whether it's crumbling to pieces and tearing me up inside, there's lots of inspiration to be gathered within all of that life experience. Also, fellow musicians, writers rounds in Nashville, searching Spotify and Instagram, and seeing live music wherever and whenever I can. Often times listening to KCRW in LA, especially Jason Bentley, Garth Trinidad, and 105.1 Go Country, can create that spark of inspiration just from some chord progressions, lyrics, a song title, or a melody. 

-RM

How would you describe your sense of humor?

-MP

I appreciate wit, cleverness, and a fresh, interesting perspective—that's why I love country music. In general, I would categorize my sense of humor as healthy and robust, subtle yet rich. I like to laugh, I love comedy clubs, and over-all, I believe laughter is good for you. 

-RM

What was a one big turning point in your life / career?

-MP

When I awake each and every morning, just kidding, but man, that's a good question. There have been so many hurdles and, I hesitate to say it, milestones too. That moment I realized that I wanted to leave the Naval Academy to try and make a living as an actor in New York and then moving to LA to continue with it. I'll never forget the feeling when I was at Getty Center in LA and received the call with the offer on American Mall. I just cried. I had worked so hard, passed on other jobs, and just prayed, hoped and trusted. It somehow worked. When I fought for my part in John Dies At The End and getting the call from Kelly Wagner (the casting director) directly letting me know that I had gotten the role before my team was even notified. When I got the offer on Client List, then Mistresses, and doing two great seasons of such a fun show with such great and humble people. All the messages I get every day from people all over the world letting me know that Burning Blue meant something to them. Any time someone lets me know that something I've done, a show, a movie, a song, touches them... that's something. It's the big gets, the little smiles, and bits of appreciation that remind me it's not all for nothing.

-RM

How do you get really real and honest with yourself?

-MP

When I write, act, look in the mirror, look in another's eyes, and when I look at my dog. There's never denying the truth of the moment. I think I'm constantly in a state of mindfulness meditation. I feel I'm constantly aware to a fault—that's the honest truth.

-RM 

What's one thing that brings the feeling of complete fulfillment for you? 

-MP

A productive day, great wine, great music and love. Love is good for that.

-RM

Photographer: Bianca Gerasia | Hair: Amaran Asylum | Grooming: Jenny Ventura | Styling: Jennifer Austin

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