Chano Garcia

Being Mexican, I’ve always had a passion for performing. School plays, dances, the occasional failed juggling routine. I loved it! But when it came time to pick a career, I “knew” that performing wasn’t practical. So I got my B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. The plan was to go into aerospace, and design amazing things. What I ended up doing was managing a gas station.

It wasn’t terrible, but no one ever dreams about having a boring job and a toxic relationship with a girl who hates how “weird” you are. One day, out of the blue, my Mom said to me “You know, if you ever wanted to go to New York and study art or something, we’d support that.” My mind was blown! Within a month I broke up with my girlfriend, found an acting school, and settled into an apartment in Brooklyn. I was doing it! It wasn’t until months later that my Mom confessed that the reason she spoke to me on that fateful day was that a psychic had told her something terrible was going to happen to me back home. So she gave me a chance to leave. I’ve never had much faith in psychics, but I am very grateful to that one.

New York has been an adventure. I discovered that being a native Spanish speaker, something I worked so hard to overcome, was suddenly my biggest asset. It let me find my niche in a saturated commercial market and create lasting relationships. Through my training, I’ve learned to perform improv, sketch, stand-up, even a little burlesque. I’ve also had a chance to pursue a wide range of hobbies including fire spinning, mentalism, skydiving, and recently aerial Lyra. I still don’t know how to juggle, but it’s on the list.

It hasn’t always been easy though. Acting is a competitive field, and I’ve had more than my fair share of bumps and bruises. Not to mention the fact that I’m in a totally different country, far away from my loved ones. But no matter what happens, I’m going to keep at it because this fire inside me won’t go out. It’ll just keep burning hotter every day.

That’s why this year I’m focusing on writing projects for myself, and pursuing a career in TV and film. I’ve also jumped headfirst into my stand-up and founded El Barrio, a group whose purpose is to create a Spanish comedy scene here in NY. Once again, I’ve found my greatest strength by going back to my roots.

Ok, that’s enough about me. Let me know if you wanna work together!