Today, we have the pleasure of interviewing David Murrietta Jr, an Actor and Social Media Influencer.
Hi David, Great to have you with us today! Please tell us about what it is that you do.
It is definitely my pleasure! I film YouTube videos with my fiancé for our couples channel, Dalex Vlogs. I also share lifestyle and fashion content on my Instagram @david_murrietta.
Please tell us more about your journey.
This is a fun one!! I was introduced to acting and the influencer lifestyle very late in the game. Not having a lot of theatrical training growing up made me more determined and hungry to create content! From comedy sketches, dramatic short stories, or full feature films, if I could be a part of it in one way or another, I was all-in! The actor journey definitely had its ups and downs. I love to be around any film set, soaking up any knowledge or wisdom from other performers or crew members. I enjoy seeing what goes on in front of as well as behind the camera. Acting is a field of study that can never truly be perfected, and that is what grabs my attention: the challenge!
Please share your story of becoming a social media influencer.
I was originally born in San Jose, CA. I have a background in Law Enforcement and Business. I worked on a few projects in San Francisco, which is where I fell in love with acting. I moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting, and later, I was introduced to the social media world. I enjoy modeling, blogging, and offering tips on lifestyle and fashion through my Instagram.
Before acting and being a social media influencer, I have never had a career, let alone a job where I had the freedom to express myself artistically. My degrees are in criminal justice and general business, so acting and blogging is a totally different field that got me early into my pursuit of law enforcement. I suffered a major knee injury which resulted in replacing my ACL, MCL, and meniscus, which ultimately opened other doors. I have always had a supportive family who wanted me to be happy in what I did for work instead of a steady 9-5. Deal jobs have never interested me, which I owe a great deal of transitioning and growing early on in my professional adulthood.
Blogging, brand ambassador, and social media influencing became a part of my daily routine, which I really enjoy between auditions. It gives my audience an insider's look at what it is like to pursue being a working actor.
What's your most memorable experience?
This is such a fun and unforgettable experience!! I was working on a YouTube red series produced by Jordan Peele called ‘Weird City.' The long days started to blend together, but when you're directed by the award-winning director himself and written into the show as a bodyguard, it became a surreal experience! Having the opportunity to act along with a star-studded cast including LeVar Burton, Yvette Nicole Brown, Sara Gilbert, Rosario Dawson, Mark Hamill, Ed O'Neill, Aquafina, Michael Cera.
I mean, the list goes on and on! The advice, wisdom, and guidance that I received from such a humble group of talented individuals realigned my focus in a way that catapulted me to the top of my acting game!
What are the strategies that helped you become successful in your journey?
Firstly, Hard work. There is very little chance of turning your dreams into a reality if you do not start with a strong foundation of hard work.
Secondly, Dedication. Oftentimes, dedication and persistence go hand in hand. I find this to be very true. In my opinion, you need to find something you are passionate about and pursue it! That way, it is easy to be persistent and dedicated over a long period of time, even on those days that you are feeling not so motivated, which leads me into my next secret.
Thirdly, Patience. We have to understand that Rome was not built in a day. This is a commonly used phrase, but it holds a lot of truth as well. If you have consistency, persistence and take pride in your content, whatever it may be, I guarantee that you are on a unique path that leads to success.
Last but not least, Being open-minded. Things rarely go according to our plan. Not only is it important to have a backup plan, but have an open mind. Be open to criticism and opinions. Regardless of what you do for work, I feel like we have to be ok with the fact that we are not perfect at what we do. Other people may have golden advice, and we will never be able to take that constructive criticism if we are not open-minded.
Any message for our readers.
Yes, take a moment to listen to others, whether it be a friend, family member, partner, or a complete stranger. We have strayed so very far away from being United as one common human race. We are all brothers and sisters. We need to all come together and support one another, not spread negativity and hate. There are those who talk about change and unity. These are the voices we need to listen to and support. Our past relatives all lived with one another in the past. We all live alongside each other today and our children in the future. Think of our relatives and what they sacrificed. Remember where you came from.
Fantastic! So tell us, how can people find out more about you?
You can find me on Instagram @david_murrietta. I am most active on my Instagram, which I post my most recent projects and what I am up to. Also, you can find me on YouTube by searching Dalex Vlogs on YouTube. I love filming videos with my fiancé Alexandra Creteau. We film couples videos daily, travel vlogs, and other videos.
Thank you so much, David, for giving us your precious time! We wish you all the best for your journey ahead!