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In today’s “In the Spotlight” I have the great pleasure to have a chat with Musician/Actor Austin Archer!
Hi and welcome into the Spotlight!
1, Austin Archer.. Actor/Musician. Which came first?
I think actor? But it’s hard to say. I did a musical when I was about five or six and that’s what really kicked it off. But who knows if it was the music or the acting that really planted the seed. Can I say both? I certainly was acting a lot more professionally before I was ever doing anything serious as a musician. Okay then, acting.
2, Would you say that your passion for acting is helping you create music or the other way around?
Honestly they’re very different things for me. As a songwriter I’m not really the type to create a song based on a fictional set of characters or situations. Everything is drawn directly from my life. It’s intensely autobiographical and personal. My acting is different though. I don’t draw on personal experience to get at the emotional truth of a scene or a moment. I’m an imitator. I imitate what I’ve seen other people in similar situations do. Acting is my attempt to get outside of myself and step into a different experience. It’s a chance to leave myself behind and inhabit somebody else for a little while. Whereas the songwriting is all me, almost to a fault. I don’t really experience either as one informing the other, I’m sure they do inform each other in all kinds of ways that I’m not aware of, but I don’t consciously experience them that way. They feel separate.
3, What are you working on at the moment?
I have a deluxe edition of my 2020 album Beautiful Things in the works. It’s going to be a double vinyl with a limited number of copies available. It will feature 6 additional tracks. I’m also trying to develop this movie I wrote. We shot the first scene as a proof of concept last December and it’s been a slow moving journey to get together a pitch deck and try to raise the necessary funds to get the thing made. Outside of that I’m making new internet content every day, you can follow me on TikTok, Twitter, or IG @yourpal_austin or listen to my weekly podcast People Pleaser with Austin Archer.
4, What is the one thing you would like to tell your fans?
Thank you. You make my life possible. Without you, I’m a waiter. With you, acting and music become the way I make my living. It can’t be overstated what an integral part you are to what I do. Thank you for reaching out when you relate to something. Thank you for letting me know how my work affects you. It keeps me going and helps to quell my imposter syndrome just enough to keep reaching for the next thing.
5, What is the one thing you would like to tell the Music/Film Industry?
Change is good. Maybe the expansion of the market means saturation and slightly less money for those at the very top, but slightly less for those at the top could mean more for those in the middle, and a thriving middle class of artists is a good thing that we should all want to see. I feel like that’s what’s happening and I can see powerful people at the top pushing back against it, or trying to discredit the contributions from creators who carved out their path in new media. It feels like they’re threatened by the changes they’re seeing. I want to urge them not to be. There’s enough to go around. And to struggling artists I would say that there has never been a better time to stake your claim in this world and to find your place in this industry. We have never had access to more tools or opportunities than now. So attack your goals with an unapologetic ferocity. We need your art!
Thank you so much for spending this time with us, and I wish you a Creative summer.