Sebastian Zurita brings to you the ultimate survival guide on being single in his original comedy “Cómo Sobrevivir Soltero.” Giving a fresh new look on relationships, it’s safe to say that a little change in perspective might just be want we all need! Having faced and overcome many obstacles as we all do, Zurita took his destiny into his own hands when he started his own company! A self-made man, here at TILTED, we are excited to see what comes next for the smart, talented, and handsome actor.
Share with us your experience on Amazon Prime’s original comedy “Cómo Sobrevivir Soltero” (“How to Survive Being Single”).
To be honest, it has been a dream job to be able to create something from scratch and develop an idea into the first scripted Spanish comedy to have a worldwide release. It’s been amazing. It has also marked the beginning of a couple of things for me Not only producing a show of this scope, but also directing and starring in it. I love the team we have behind it and the cast is honestly an incredible group of young talented actors. So it was a lot of work but we are so proud of the product and the way people have received it all across the world. We have fans from places like Germany, Australia, Kenya, etc.
What inspired you to create this project?
I feel like we needed a fresh look into the relationships of millennials and the no so millennials too. I wanted to create a show that would shine a light into Latin American society. The struggles and the taboos that we face when it comes to things like sex and relationships. Also, I love the dark sense of humor that we have in the show, which makes it unique and modern. It’s a universal show just like our times but is looked at from a Latin group of friends.
When did you know you wanted to pursue a career in the entertainment industry?
I don’t think I ever wanted to do anything else. I mean I was born into a family of actors and I just found it so interesting to be able to live all these different lives without having to face the consequences. I did study something completely different at first just because my parents recommended it. Knowing how hard this career is they thought it would be better to study something else, which in my case was economics and international business. I love that too, but not in the same way as acting. I mean my career has come in handy for our production company and because at the end of the day, actors are products and people need to buy them in a way.
You were born in Mexico City and moved the Miami at the age of 16. What was that change like?
I mean I was used to traveling a lot. I used to play ice hockey for the Mexican national team (yes we have a team) and then went to a military academy in Indiana which I loved. Moving to Miami wasn’t that much of a weird change, but I do have to say that even though you are in the States, Miami still feels much like a Latin American country in a way. I do have to say that I thought school pep rallies were an invention of American movies and no, they’re pretty much true!
How do you think being bilingual has helped you in your career?
I mean I’m so thankful that I started learning English when I was young. We live in an interconnected world and more than ever the frontiers are breaking so I do think it puts you in an advantage if you speak English. I mean I still have an accent but the opportunities that you can have double or triple when you can actually speak a foreign language. It also has been really helpful with the writing of our shows. We tend to write in both languages and the translations when needed seem way more fluent. Also it lets you immerse yourself in a different culture.
What are some obstacles you have faced and how did you overcome them?
I mean we all have different types of obstacles in our personal and professional life. I started in soap operas and had to prove to people that I could actually act and have a career in film. It took a couple of years. There was this big taboo that if you came from tv you weren’t an actor, just a pretty face. So I created my own company and gave myself the work that people wouldn’t. It’s hard to say no to things but I have come to find out that a career is based on the things you decide not to take.
How do you “survive being single” ?
Friends, friends, and more friends. You have to be able to enjoy being single. If not, you’re just gonna suffer. It’s the most natural process to get to know yourself and your wants.
Who is someone that has had a strong impact on your life and why?
My mother has been the one that has really motivated me to do anything in my life. There is a type of love there that can knock any wall down so she has been super influential in all the things I do.
If you could go back in time and be in any era, which one would you choose?
I would love to maybe experience the 20s. It would be a fun time! But I feel like everyone keeps thinking the grass is greener in other times and I find ours is pretty spectacular.
Any other projects on the horizon?
I have a couple of projects in development and just sold another show this past month. I’m also going back to finish a movie for Netflix in a couple of weeks.
Talent SEBASTIAN ZURITA @szuritaoficial
Photographer ANTAR HANIF @iamshooterbackup
Styling RAINA SILBERSTEIN @styledbyrainasilberstein
Grooming STEPHANIE HOBGOOD @stephaniehobgoodhair
Interview ALEXANDRA BONNET @alexbonnetwrites