Trent Longo- Hollywood’s Next Breakthrough Actor?

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Trent Longo is an American movie actor that was born in Corpus Christi, Texas, but traveled and lived in Europe growing up. After college, he spent time living in Florida, and then moved all the way to L.A. after acting in Atlanta for a few years. He was a CEO of a marketing firm for 3 years before switching to full time acting. Once he realized he wasn’t going to be able to leverage what he was doing into his ultimate goals he knew he needed to change paths.

What makes you different Trent?

One thing that separates myself as an actor is my commitment to the journey no matter the outcome. I didn’t drop everything and move to L.A. because I knew I was going to be able to get on HBO and Netflix sets, I did it because I knew a 2% chance was better than 0, and the 2% was worth it for me. I used to drive 6.5 hours from Tampa, to Atlanta just for the chance to do background and extra work until I could build up my resumé. These out of state roles would actually cost me money more often than not. They were paid roles, but after travel expenses I was lucky to break even. I even once drove 4 hours because I thought I could convince them to let me on set if I showed up and was ready to go on time. In all honesty I was just so new in the business I wasn’t positive if I was booked for the role or not so I woke up at 4 AM and drove anyway. After showing up on set, and being told they didn’t need me, I talked the P.A. Into fitting in one more “NASA Engineer” in the new show on Disney+ called “The Right Stuff”. After moving to L.A. In a short time I have appeared on a number HBO shows including Insecure, Penny Dreadful, and landing a featured role on Perry Mason. In Perry Mason I worked alongside John Lithgow in a scene during episode 4 of the first season playing the role of a local newspaper photographer. In the scene my character is constantly interacting with John’s from applying makeup to his face, to taking an awkwardly timed photo, and getting a stern talking to. It was an honor to work alongside an Emmy nominated actor like him so closely, and a day I will never forget. I’ve also been lucky enough to land a few national commercials with huge brands so you may see me in between shows.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

In 5 years, I want to be landing some bigger roles that challenge the depth of my capabilities. I came out here to follow my dreams of acting full time, now that I am doing that, the next step is get to go all out in these roles and moments. I am stepping into writing, directing, and producing some, but it’s a process and while I am doing that I am looking to really get some opportunities to stretch and grow as an actor. Right now I am looking to build my network, and get representation that reflects the amount of work I put in. I am not looking to sign with just anybody.

What type of legacy do you want to leave behind for yourself?

The legacy I want to leave is someone who always had something positive to bring to the table. Whether that was creative vision or helping create better experiences for others on set. Alongside that, to be remembered as someone who believed in themselves, and inspired others to believe in themselves. I see so many people whose dreams have been ripped away by other people telling them they weren’t good enough, or telling themselves they weren’t good enough. All of that is nonsense, we are all good enough to be here and be stars in our own right.

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Chris Collins is an American multimedia journalist from Los Angelas, California

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