We had the good fortune of connecting with Tyler Laracca and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tyler, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I am wildly obsessed with the entertainment industry. Going to the movies has always been my own version of church in a way. After graduating high school without set career aspirations, I figured I could head to college and keep working as a PA, then figure it out from there. All it took was two weeks on the Lone Ranger set, and a spontaneous talent agency workshop for me to realize that I wanted to be an actor. I felt at home amidst the cinematic chaos that is a film set. Honestly, it was overwhelming to find a place that I truly belonged; and it didn’t matter if it came with anxiety inducing financial instability.
Since 2020, I’ve turned my head to entertainment journalism. Through my podcast, PRETEND WORLDS REAL PEOPLE, I interview both local and international artists of Film, TV, and Theater; to share their experiences throughout their careers.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
If there’s anything that sets me apart, it’s that I had no plans to be in front of the camera. Sure, I gave my best Chris Farley and Mike Myers impersonations around family, but that was the extent of it. Working as an Actor was (and is) tough. It might be the toughest thing I’ve ever done when it comes to the uncertainty and repetitive rejection you’ll experience right out of the gate. But you get used to it. ” Don’t take it personally, kid,” Graham Greene chuckled to me in between takes on the set of Wind River. I hold onto that every time they release my pin or I don’t get that callback. This is a business with its own peaks and valleys that can roll over on anyone. That may be what I love most about it, it’s every changing, and there’s no way for me to predict the outcome outside of putting in the work.
During the Pandemic, I sought to hear from other artists and their experiences. So I launched, PRETEND WORLDS REAL PEOPLE, in an effort to interview various figures of the entertainment industry. An informal podcast meant to deconstruct the “starstruck” factor and show these creatives for who they are, normal people. More often than not, the industry vets share just as much with those one or two years into their career. It’s the tools they’ve picked up along the way that keep them afloat and persistent.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Oh this is a tall order that I’ll toss up in a list in no particular:
-Improper City for coffee ( A great spot to work or just chill out)
-Mutiny Cafe to pick up comics and a few forgotten DVDs.
-Biker Jim’s Gourmet Dogs for a quick lunch. I recommend the rattlesnake.
-Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Time to recreate those field trip memories.
-The Green Russell for a drink. They have some amazing cocktails in this throwback speakeasy.
-The Stanley Hotel. Yes, it’s haunted.
-PJ’s Diner for a hearty lunch.
-Su Teatro. Catch some fantastic food across the street before the show!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to thank my family first and foremost for pushing me to embark on this creative journey, when they could have told me to become an architect. They’ve supported me in more way than one in the process of becoming a full time artist. Also, I’d like to thank every artist in Colorado for being there for each other. In a world of so much competition, we seem to have more in our corner.
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