We had the good fortune of connecting with Michael Treat and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Michael, how do you think about risk?
I feel risk taking is an essential part to my career’s success so far, as well as to succeeding in what lies ahead. I feel that taking risks has sent me up for where I wanna be as well as where I must go. I took one of the biggest risks of my life so far with one other friend at a young age of 19 and decided that in a year we were gonna move out of my hometown where I have lived my entire life and move to california to pursue my dream of acting. In doing this not only have i started to learn lessons of life but i have been blessed to now be in the industry. I am learning from the people that I have dreamed to one day work with and am still on that path. Everyday I work in this industry. I am learning how to take calculated risks to further myself and keep my dream alive.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
When I was younger and living with my mom. We didn’t have very much money and it made doing some things a little harder, but that never stopped my mom. She’d work three jobs if she had too and sometimes did and got it done. Whenever we had a little extra money we would go to the one place where we could always escape our troubles. The chinese theater in Aurora, Colorado and there was nothing like it! The atmosphere of the theater was always electric. Getting to have that sour patch kids and a coke while living a whole other story for a few hours. It always amazed me how much it made me feel and it felt good to feel. Then fast forward 12 years later and I was in high school in my theater class. My teacher had noticed that I had been off recently and after class had me stay behind to talk. We talked a little and I didn’t tell him what was going on but he gave me a script for an audition he wanted me to try out for in the next few days. I took it because it seemed like a good distraction. Later that night I had it when I was in the hospital room with my father. He had pancreatitis and I was told recently that there was a good chance he wasn’t going to make it. He hadn’t been very responsive in the past few months so, I would usually just sit there and tell him about my day. That one day though I went in and told him about my audition and started to practice it in the room. That way I could spend time with him and maybe entertain him if possible.

That day was the most responsive he was the whole time he had been in there. To see someone going through all that and yet have a smile on their face, it made me realize I wanted to do this for the rest of my life. Help people be uplifted when they feel like they can’t. Through my art I wanna help people realize they can do whatever they want in this world and that they’re important. In my acting, writing and just everyday life. I try to bring in good vibes and the reminder that we all get into this for the love of it. In college when my friend and I realized our program wasn’t helping us grow in the way we wanted, we both decided to leave. We made a plan to move to LA, knowing no one and very little about it. A year later we were there taking huge risks that would end up paying off. Like putting down on my resume that I wanted to be an actor, and making it clear that I would be putting that first if need be. Next thing I knew, a month and a half later, I’m working as a PA on the show Miracle Workers. And then a movie after that and another show after that. I’ve landed parts, and even had the chance to make my own stuff. It gets hard at times, and you can meet some pretty toxic people in this industry but the biggest thing is never losing yourself and your reason, your love for it. People will attack your dreams but you determine whether they live or die and trust me you can do whatever you want!

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I love the beach near me called playa Del Ray. There is a bunch of resturants around there on your way there. There is this really good place called Benny’s with some of the best mexican food I’ve had. Then move over too haning out at the beach probably go to see a movie around in the area. There is so many exciting things here like the hollywood sign hike and Malibu drive. In the end though, I would honestly just look up something i’ve never done before and try to do it like surffing.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There are four things I wanna dedicate my shout out to. In everything I do the highs as well as the lows, I never forget God, my mom, my friend Matthew and the book the alchemist. They have all been there for me during the tough times and have shown me how to keep going even when the going gets tough. They help me to never forget the reason I am doing this and the change I wanna bring with it. Each and every day I know I’m blessed to have this in my life and continue to pursue my dreams each and every day.

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