We had the good fortune of connecting with Austin Buchanan and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Austin, we’d love to start by asking you about lessons learned. Is there a lesson you can share with us?
The most important lesson I have learned while pursuing a career in filmmaking is that I can’t expect myself from other people. This had helped my tremendously with a million moments but one, in particular, is that I don’t get let down as much anymore. My Students, Fellow Actors, Other Filmmakers. I can’t expect the same amount of dedication or hard work from them. My definitions and expectations will NEVER be the same as theirs. Some people expect too much out of other people. I’d like to believe it’s because they are expecting themselves out of that person.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Getting to where I am now, was not easy and It’s not that impressive. I still have a 9-5 day job. Luckily I am blessed that they give me time off to have adventures in film and push me to take those jobs. I started acting when I was much younger and didn’t take it seriously until my 20’s. Once I said to myself “THIS IS IT” seems as if life had different plans. From moving across the country and losing my memory to being broke sharing a small studio with another grown man, to where I am now, has definitely been a roller coaster. I am luckily to be able to to call myself a working actor and have a little business on the side.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Here in Tucson we have surprisingly, a lot to do! Something that is sure to be an “only in Tucson” treat is Eegees! They have cold cut subs but the magic is really there “Eegee.” It’s like Italian ice + Slushie. Hard to explain but it’s amazing. Also for food, I’d say Beaut Burger! Plant Based burgers that are to die for.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’d like to share my “success” with a theme park/ Old movie studio, That is no longer is business. Old Tucson Studios is really what made me pursue filmmaking and acting all over again. When I was younger, I didn’t actually think it was something normal people could do for a living. I started working at Old Tucson, the same I should’ve been finding a career to stick to. I got stuck to acting. I met many people and friends through Old Tucson and they constantly encourage me to be better, work harder, and pursue my passions.