Building a Successful Career in Entertainment, Featuring Max Arciniega

Regardless of what you want to be, you have to figure out how to get there. Learning the specific steps to build a successful career is an essential part of taking them. Max Arciniega knows what it takes to make it in arts and entertainment. Actor, musician, and Latino hero, Max is a graduate of Columbia College’s theater program in Chicago, and now lives in Los Angeles, where his career is thriving. New Futuro’s very own Maya Escobar was able to catch up with Mr. Arciniega to get the word on making it as an actor and musician.

Best known for his recurring role on AMC’s Emmy-nominated Breaking Bad as "Krazy-8", Max has been featured on some of the biggest primetime shows on network television including: Fringe (FOX), Blue Bloods (CBS), Off the Map (ABC), The Unit (CBS), ER (NBC), Lie to Me (FOX), Private Practice (ABC) and Without a Trace (CBS).

Regardless of what you want to be, you have to figure out how to get there. Learning the specific steps to build a successful career is an essential part of taking them.

Both Art and Business
As someone making a living in LA at the center of the industry, Max provides a helpful perspective: “You have to commit,” Max says about his devotion to acting, “it’s 90 percent business, 10 percent art... once you get out of college you’ll be forced with the fact that it’s like any other job… it’s really, honestly, just consistent hard work.”

Out of hundreds of actors, Max was selected for the ABC/SAG Diversity Showcase in Chicago, the CBS/SAG/Nosotros Latino Diversity Showcase in Los Angeles and the first annual CSA/Chicago showcase in Los Angeles. He was seen on the main stage at The Goodman Theatre in Chicago in Luis Alfaro's "Electricidad" playing the role of "Orestes", as well as "Alvaro" in the Pulitzer-Prize nominated play "Lydia" at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles.

When I think I’m working hard, I work harder, and harder, and harder, and harder.

More from Max
Max is also a hip-hop recording artist. Known as MaxSoul in the music world, he is easily compared to Chicago’s most creative hip-hop acts—such as Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco and Common—thanks to his thought-provoking lyrics, concept-driven songs, and eye-catching stage shows. A spoken-word artist, MaxSoul also opened for Russell Simmons’ Def Poetry at The Metro in Chicago after earning first place in a local poetry slam.

In short, Max does it all, but it’s hard work and dedication that got him to where he is today. “When I think I’m working hard, I work harder, and harder, and harder, and harder,” Max says, and you’re going to have to also, if a career in acting is YOUR dream!

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